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Theatre and Dance at Belfast International Arts Festival 2020

 

Ahead of the 2020 Belfast International Arts Festival our Artistic Director and Chief Executive Richard Wakely has recorded a short message of what to expect from our 58th edition.

 

LIVE. INTERACTIVE. ONLINE.

 

DOING IT
Pedro Penim & Teatro Praga

  • Wed 21 & Thurs 22 Oct
  • 8.00pm
  • Free | Donations Welcome
  • UK & Irish Premiere

In this immersive, unique, online experience actor and director Pedro Penim confesses a secret passion that takes him very far across the sea of the Internet. An innocent and obscure addiction that he never revealed before: his “island collection”.

 

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MACBETH
Big Telly Theatre Company

  • Wed 14 – Sat 17 Oct
  • 7.00pm (Wednesday – Saturday) | 9.30pm (Friday & Saturday only)
  • £20 per screen | (£15 Preview on 14 October)
  • World Premiere

Live. Virtual. Immersive. On Zoom.

Tradition requires that a ‘ghost-light’ be left on while the theatre is dark, to ward off restless ghosts and protect its magic from harm.

From the creative minds of Big Telly Theatre Company, this is an imaginative reboot of Shakespeare’s timeless, blood-soaked tale of murder, lust and power in a world where reality and illusion are hard to tell apart; a hinterland of hype where fate is twisted, control is remote, and comfort is in entirely another zone.

 

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THE UNIVERSITY OF
WONDER & IMAGINATION
Cahoots NI

  • Thurs 22 Oct – Sun 25 Oct & Thurs 29 October – Sun 1 Nov
  • Various Times
  • £20 per screen
  • NI Premiere

The University of Wonder & Imagination is now enrolling students of all ages and magical abilities…and there’s a place with your name on it!

Interact with the liveliest of lecturers, choose your subjects of study, enter themed rooms and encounter all kinds of problems and puzzles, unlocking your and your family’s magical powers as you go

 

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COMING FULL CIRCLE

 

CALL NINA!

  • Tues 27 Oct
  • 6.00pm
  • Free | Donations Welcome
  • World Premiere

In advance of its general release in March 2021, BIAF has secured a very special premiere of Call Nina!, which follows the making and touring of Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone, by British actress and activist, Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE, who brought the house down and audiences to their feet at BIAF in 2018.

This documentary promises to be as compelling and of-the-moment as the original showstopper!

 

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DANCE ON FILM

 

ONE DAY PINA ASKED…

  • Tues 13 Oct
  • 8.00pm
  • Free | Donations Welcome

“One day, Pina asked us…” Each of the interviews with members of the Wuppertal Tanztheater in Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman’sdocumentary begin with these words.

Ackerman’s fascinating film intertwines brief anecdotes shared by the dancers of Pina Bausch’scompany about their experiences with the fabled dancer and choreographer with peeks behind the scenes and excerpts from rehearsals during their five-week tour of Venice, Milan, and Avignon. Audiences get an intimate understanding of the incredible effort—both physical and artistic—that went into the creations of this modern dance legend.

 

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SI C’ÉTAIT DE L’AMOUR (IF IT WERE LOVE) – IRISH PREMIERE

  • Tues 20 Oct
  • 8.00pm
  • Free | Donations Welcome
  • Irish Premiere

This critically acclaimed documentary, from Austrian director Patric Chiha, follows the professional and personal lives of the dancers in Crowd, a recent touring piece by French choreographer Gisèle Vienne about the rave scene of the 1990s – questioning the act of partying, love and how our emotions transform our perception of time.

Winner of the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at 2020 Berlin Film Festival.

 

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OONA DOHERTY
& LUCA TRUFFARELLI
– IN CONVERSATION

  • Sun 18 Oct
  • 7.30pm
  • Free | Donations Welcome

Festival favourite, Oona Doherty and regular collaborator and filmmaker, Luca Truffarelli discuss their friendship and working relationship. Interspersed with filmed extracts of their recent collaborations, they reflect on the intersections between contemporary dance and film.

Recorded during the current lockdown, this informal and relaxed discussion is a must for both dance aficionados and those new to the artform.

 

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BECKETT @ THE STRAND

 

WHAT IS THE WORD
Pan Pan Theatre

  • Thurs 29 Oct
  • Strand Arts Centre
  • 8.00pm
  • £10
  • UK Premiere

An audio cinematic experience presenting a curated collection of Samuel Beckett poems, performed by some of Ireland’s leading actors.

After a fall in his apartment in 1988, Samuel Beckett moved to the Tiers Temps nursing home in Paris, France. It was here that Beckett, aged 82, wrote ‘Comment dire’ in French. On the manuscript of his English translation, which he called ‘what is the word’ and is considered to be his final poem, he wrote: ‘Keep! for end’.

 

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VIEW THE ENTIRE 2020 PROGRAMME HERE

 

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

 

Book tickets anytime online or phone Box Office at Visit Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609. You can also call in to the Welcome Centre in person to book your tickets.

Opening times

  • Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Sunday 11.00am to 4.00pm

 

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TALKS & IDEAS
AUDIENCE QUESTIONS

 

With the majority of our Talks & Ideas events recorded in advance this year featuring a wide range of authors we’re encouraging all to take part in the Q&A portion!

Recording sessions coming up:

Questions in by 16 Sept

Questions in by 21 Sept

Questions in by 22 Sept

 

SEND YOUR QUESTIONS TO US BY REPLYING TO THIS E-MAIL!

 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

 

Following in the footsteps of previous postholders including Suzanne Lacy, Oona Doherty, Amanda Coogan and Leonie McDonagh, this year’s BIAF Artist in Residence is Belfast based choreographer, Eileen McClory.

Her most recent work, BRINK, was made for Maiden Voyage Dance and reflected the ongoing climate of insecurity around Brexit with dancers performing on a 1.5 metre high table.

As part of her residency, Eileen will spend time at the prestigious CCN2 – Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble.

As the creator of Off the Rails Dance #OTR Eileen has choreographed and produced The Dutiful Wife 2016 Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and S(3)nsored 2011, Pick n Mix Festival and received an Artist Career Enhancement Award from Arts Council NI in 2018 to develop #theSHAMEproject.

This residency is generously supported by the British Council in France.

 

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DONATE

 

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  • Continue to present a vibrant and world-class programme from home and abroad, reimagined for the times we live in.
  • Maintain our Free For Everyone events.
  • Support the artistic community in creating new work, in different formats, to reach audiences and promoters at home and abroad
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