Flare Festival announcements for 2017 Festival

Ambitious FLARE17 is back in Manchester’s prestigious arts venues. Here’s a taste of what’s to come!

Britt Hatzius’ Blind Cinema, Simon de Winne’s Baardeman and returning FLARE15 artists Guillem Mont de Palol and Jorge Dutor with their visual opera Grand Applause are first to be announced in the programme, running 4 – 8 July 2017.

As part of a five day festival of International artists in Manchester’s top venues for both established and emerging theatre makers, and in her only UK tour date of 2017, Britt Hatzius’ Blind Cinema is coming to an undisclosed underground cinema venue in the city centre. Blind Cinema is an unique immersive experience, where local Manchester children describe a film from behind your seat, a film they’ve never seen before and you are blind-folded. In this exploration of communication and shared experience, Britt Hatzius’ show will be truly unforgettable.

Performing in HOME, FLARE17 also welcomes Simon de Winne with his energetic dance piece Baardeman (Beardman) in this UK premiere, exploring the relationship between movement and identity on stage.

As part of Contact’s ethos of supporting artists from new theatre, and guaranteed to be as electric and unpredictable as #losmicrofonos at FLARE15, Guillem Mont de Palol and Jorge Dutor's latest project is coming to Contact, filled with the voices of a local Manchester choir, and dancing ghosts… Based on the passionate and timeless opera Carmen by French composer Georges Bizet, Grand Applause is an opera explored visually as an exhibition through the act of translation. Wind your way between each exhibition room through the acts of the opera, without leaving your seats.

FLARE17’s Artistic Director Neil Mackenzie comments "We are thrilled to be programming another week of new theatre from around the globe. Since its conception in 2007 , Flare International Festival of New Theatre has grown tremendously and has given a platform to many emerging artists who have gone on to do great things, and we're confident FLARE17 will be the best year yet. Our programme, alongside MIF in the summer, will highlight a diverse range of talent to both local and international audiences in July." 

Early Bird Festival Passes on sale now until 7 May 2017

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story published on  Sat, 1 Apr 2017