On Wednesday BE Festival action moved on site. The evening featured a beautiful polished piece from Belgium’s La Compagnie du Geste qui Sauve, a dynamic witty work in progress from The Plasticine Men, Minako Seki Company & Company Cokaseki performed a loud piece that venue duties prevented me from seeing. The evening wrapped up with the ‘super group’ BE Mix performing around the venue before spilling out onto the street.
On Thursday the venue’s new enhanced lighting rig was well deployed by the Swiss company Progetto Brockenhaus in their take on The Rite of Spring. More stripped down – in all ways – Vladimir Tzekov came from Spain to deliver a meditation on the constructed nature of identity. A Dutch company made things difficult for themselves by building a 30cm high climbing frame across the floor to perform on whilst in precarious balance. At this point I ducked out to rediscover my home.
Yesterday working the 20:00 – 02:00 there was the chance to lauch at the playful surtitles translating A Tres Bandes’ show from the Spanish. Laughter was under interrogation from the Italian company Teatro Sotterraneo in the night’s fourth show.
The joy of the BE format, 4 x 30 min shows is that you see a host of ideas in quick succession. Some you will like , some you probably won’t but throughout the tremendous atmosphere of goodwill carries you forward.