Best of BE Festival 3 shows and Dinner 2017

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8th May 2017

Studio Theatre


Birmingham's genre-bending European arts festival takes to the road and shines a light on the continent's diverse and emerging talent in theatre, dance and performance art.

Experience the highlights of the 2016 festival with three exceptional shows from Italy, Germany & Switzerland each lasting 30 minutes. BE FESTIVAL shakes up the idea of conventional theatre by crossing borders, disciplines and blurring traditional boundaries between audience and artist. The annual summer festival invites European performers to perform at Birmingham REP, and celebrates European culture and community.

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Running time: 2hr 35 minutes (incl. dinner break at interval & Q&A post-show)
Recommended for ages 14+

Please note this event date is advertised incorrectly in our printed 'What's On' guide as 9 May.

The evening's line-up will be:


Cie Philippe Saire
30 minutes

A transcendental performance created by Philippe Saire, one of Europe’s leading exponents of experimental choreography where movement and visual arts converge and bodies weave through black holes and shards of dazzling light. The slo-mo optical canvas mesmerises as two male forms float through a vacuum created in space. The show has been programmed at the 2016 edition of Internationale Tanzmesse Düsseldorf and is part three of the Dispositifs (stage devices) series by Philippe Saire who has played a significant part in developing contemporary dance in Switzerland.

Situation with Outstretched Arm

Oliver Zahn
20 minutes

The saluto Romano, the olympic salute, the Bellamy Salute or in its most common form, the Hitler Salute. One of the most powerful and violent symbols of the twentieth century is re-contextualised on stage through physical performance and essay. The German production takes a unique cross-disciplined approach to a controversial subject, one that has re-emerged across Europe in extremist organisations. Oliver Zahn was nominated in the ‘Best Emerging Artist’ category in Theater Heute’s 2015 critics poll.

Winner of the ACT Festival Price at BE 2016


30 minutes

Overload is a fast paced and explosive physical theatre performance by four Italians intent on dissecting the noisy interruptions that bombard our day to day lives. Through a witty narrative, the show jumps from one distraction to another analysing the feelings triggered by something ending prematurely and our perpetual sense of confusion. Sotterraneo are a multi-award winning theatre collective born in Florence in 2004 and previously won the the BE FESTIVAL 2012 1st Prize with Homo Ridens.

Ticket for 3 shows £15.00 Ticket for 3 shows + Supper and Drink £20.00

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Venue Information

Studio Theatre
Box office
01423 502116
6 Oxford Street,
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Monday, 08 May 2017