Best of Brighton Festival 2018: Shut Down

‘Vincent identifies, with forensic precision, the different ways in which men react to changing times.’

**** The Observer

Feminist choreographer Charlotte Vincent’s wry, sensitive exploration into contemporary maleness is presented in film installation form at ONCA Gallery this May – part of the 2018 Brighton Festival, guest curated by visual artist David Shrigley.

Featuring the company’s first ever all male cast, led by one of the UK’s most risk-taking, rigorous choreographers, the pressures, contradictions and confusions of being a man play out in this darkly funny installation played across six screens; the action a collision of movement, rap/spoken word and striking visual imagery.

Shut Down has been created in collaboration with Brighton’s AudioActive, a music organisation that works with young people and contemporary urban culture. Their influence, testimonies and music peppers the show, with powerful original spoken word from 15-year-old Eben’Flo, lamenting the impact that a lack of positive male role models can have in young men’s lives.

‘Shut Down seems to present simultaneously a manifesto, a rebellion, a cry for help, and a mapping of the many identities ‘a man’ could take on.’ Exeunt Magazine, Nov 2017

Free group workshops are available on weekday mornings throughout the Festival; contact the VDT office on 01273 911616 for more details.

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BN1 also recommends:


Life Model II


Brett Anderson’s Coal Black Mornings

ALSO: Read our interviews with Ezra Furman, Ceyda Tanc and ADAM in May’s issue of BN1 magazine.

Main image credit: Bosie Vincent

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