Laurie Anderson has been announced as guest director at Brighton Festival 2016
Laurie Anderson has been announced as the guest director of the 50th Brighton Festival which takes place between 7–29 May. Anderson, who has previously appeared at the festival with performances of Delusion in 2011 and All The Animals in 2015, says: "I'm so happy to be serving as Guest Director of Brighton Festival in its historic 50th year. Our theme of home and place is especially relevant with so many people in the world on the move now looking, like all of us, for a place we can belong. I've been part of the festival several times and it was exciting to watch the city become the heart of so much art. I'm looking forward to being part of it this year.”
Anderson will be the eighth guest director for the festival, which started in 1976, following Anish Kapoor, Brian Eno, Aung San Suu Kyi, actor and human rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave, poet and author Michael Rosen, choreographer, composer and performer Hofesh Shechter and author Ali Smith, all of whom have taken charge in recent years. So far little has been announced of what we can expect for the three week event, but we’ve been told there will be a premiere of Argentinian writer, director and songwriter Lola Arias's performance piece Memory Is A Minefield, a staging of each of the 74 deaths to have occured in the works of William Shakespeare peformed by Spymonkey and directed by Tim Crouch, a showing of Until The Lions by Akram Khan Company, and a debut of Neil Bartlett's theatrical work Stella.
Last year Anderson released her first feature length film in nearly 30 years, titled Heart Of A Dog. Brighton Festival 2016 will take place from 7–29 May.