Vanessa Redgrave to be guest director of Brighton Festival 2012
Brighton Festival has announced that the legendary stage, screen and television actress and doyenne of the performing arts, Vanessa Redgrave, will be guest director of Brighton Festival 2012 which takes place 5–27 May.
Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome and Festival says: “Brighton Festival goes from strength to strength and revealing our guest director is now one of the most anticipated aspects of our internationally acclaimed Festival. With Anish Kapoor, Brian Eno and Aung San Suu Kyi over the last three years, audiences have experienced an extraordinary range of art and ideas. It is therefore very exciting for us to now be in the hands of one of our most renowned and respected British actors, Vanessa Redgrave. It’s a privilege to have such a great ambassador of the performing arts at the helm of Brighton Festival and to explore many of her passions and interests across our three-week programme. I’m looking forward to another wonderful Festival in May.”
Brighton Festival is an innovative commissioning and producing mixed arts festival offering an ambitious programme and has been widely recognised for presenting exciting site specific work.
One key Brighton Festival commission already announced for 2012 is The Rest Is Silence, from Brighton Dome and Festival’s Associate company, dreamthinkspeak, which will run for the full three weeks of the Festival. Artist Director Tristan Sharps marries the worlds of art installation and theatre in this site specific deconstruction of Hamlet interweaving performance, film and installation to create a vigorous new interpretation that cuts to the heart of the play.
It will examine the play’s themes and characters and will boldly juxtapose scenes, speeches and sequences from completely different areas of the play within a specially designed and multilayered structure, allowing the action to unfold on different levels and on all sides. It also forms part of the World Shakespeare Festival.
The last dreamthinkspeak commission, which premiered during the 2010 Festival – Before I Sleep – played to sold out audiences, resulting in a further six-week sell-out run, simply on word of mouth, as the ‘must see’ show. It has since toured internationally to critical and audience acclaim.