An eagerly awaited performance by art-rockers Warpaint, an electrifying show from Cuba’s flagship contemporary dance troupe Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, and London Contemporary Orchestra’s live score accompanying the film There Will Be Blood are just a few highlights from the Brighton Dome spring programme.
On 4 March, Brighton Dome celebrates International Women’s Day, joining forces with Brighton Women’s Centre and Brighton Museum to present a family-friendly day of inspiring speakers, workshops and arts and crafts.
On the same day the Dome also has Germaine Greer, writer and voice of the second-wave feminist movement discussing ecofeminism, while comedian Bridget Christie’s stand-up show takes Brexit as its subject.
Brighton Dome also hosts a live recording of hit comedy podcast The Guilty Feminist with Deborah Frances-White.
The contemporary music programme includes the Brighton debut from Mexrrissey (26 January), a brass and string led band from Mexico who have reinvented the songs of Morrissey and The Smiths; art-rockers Warpaint (29 March) returning with their third studio album; a high-energy and visually spectacular performance from the internationally known Yamato drummers (30 March); and There Will Be Blood: Live (6 February) Paul Thomas Anderson’s Oscar-winning film accompanied by a live orchestral performance of Jonny Greenwood’s score by London Contemporary Orchestra, which has worked with the like of Frank Ocean, Radiohead and Vivienne Westwood.
Quality classical music continues with the Brighton Philharmonic 2016-17 season, featuring soloists including 2015 Gramophone Young Artist of the Year, Joseph Moog (15 January) and virtuoso violinist Chloë Hanslip (5 March).
The series of Sunday morning chamber concerts continues at the temporary home of the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, beginning with BBC New Generation Artist Sean Shibe (29 January).
In theatre, there is Edinburgh Festival 2016 hits Eurohouse (19 March), a darkly comic look at the EU’s founding ideals, and The Duke (31 March - 1 April) by Shon Dale-Jones, the award-winning writer/performer behind Hugh Hughes. Inua Ellams tells his own story through poems stories and anecdotes in An Evening With An Immigrant (28-29 January). In Femi Martin’s one-woman show How to Die of a Broken Heart (25 Feb), she tells how heartbreak changed her body and her life forever.
Counteracts (17 February) is a double bill from Candoco Dance Company, the world’s leading contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, while also in dance we have an electrifying new show from Danza Contemporanea de Cuba (7-8 March), Cuba’s flagship contemporary dance troupe, with choreographers including Brighton’s Theo Clinkard, and German Cornejo’s Tango Fire (22 February) an authentic Argentine production for Tango lovers.
The UK’s hottest circus company Barely Methodical Troupe head to Brighton with their new show KIN (18-19 April), mixing deadpan humour, pure emotion and jaw-dropping acrobatics.
A varied assortment of top comedians will be heading to Brighton Dome this spring, including Jack Whitehall (29-30 January), David O’Doherty (10 February) Josie Long (11 February), Miles Jupp (3 February), Stewart Lee (23-26 February), and Rob Beckett (9 April).
There is also plenty to entertain the younger audiences. Chester Tuffnut (16-19 February) is the story of a tree mole told with puppets, original music and imaginative antics for ages 2-6. WOW! Said the Owl (18 March) for ages 2-5 is based on the children’s book by Tim Hopgood. TV Presenter Naomi Wilkinson recalls some of her most exciting wildlife experiences in her live show Naomi’s Wild and Scary (23 April).