Brighton’s Swallowsfeet Festival for independent dance celebrates its fifth year this month. Taking place between Fri 24 – Sat 25 March at The Old Market, it’ll showcase a snapshot of current contemporary dance. The shows have been curated by The Swallowsfeet Collective, a group of eight artists, choreographers and performers. They’re of five different nationalities who are living and working in six different cities. The team are Sivan Rubinstein, Rosa Firbank, Jessica Lea Haener, Gordon D Raeburn, Harriet Parker Beldeau and Jessica Miller. The festival pulls together exceptional dance from all over the world, performing physical reactions to social issues such as gender, sexuality and identity. It showcases nine works carefully curated from 280 applicants from all around the world.
Friday sees Germany’s Marc Phillip Gabriel present Ajima. This performance combines voice work, installation, video and architecture from the perspective of dance and movement. The Berlin-based performer stages a character that moves between real and fake, private and public. Saturday plays host to Un/Dress, a show by Masako Matsushita from Italy. She is a dancer and choreographer who has shown her work in multiple venues and festivals around Europe. Her artistic work enquires into the presence of the body and her show is a metaphorical performance that comes from the fusion of subject and object. Iain Payne and Gabriel Moreno present their first collaboration The Howl Of The Old Leopardi. The pair from Gibraltar head on a quest for artistic voice, showing a partnership between poet and dancer, the connection of spoken word and movement.
Other performances across the two-day event include Current Biopsy by Alice Labant, A Blighted Life by Gavin Coward, Between Us by Gil Kerer, When You’re Smiling by Jan Möllmer, No. Company. by Joe Garbett and Hamish McPherson’s participatory experience Non-Existent Activity Outside The Capitalistic Time.
Swallowsfeet Festival comes to The Old Market from Fri 24 – Sat 25 March. Friday evening will be a seated performance costing £10, while the Saturday show will be a promenade performance and is £15. Weekend tickets are available for £20.