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From 3D films to dancing pensioners - the best events on this week in Sussex
Velodrome, Preston Park, Brighton, Saturday, July 14
A combination of performance, art installation and 3D film created by 30 young people is getting its premiere as part of the Olympic Torch relay celebrations.
Vixen was inspired by Leos Janacek’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen, which is currently at Glyndebourne. The opera house has teamed up with Hove’s Central United Reformed Church, the Brighton And Hove Youth Arts Project and the Youth Offending Service for the story of a rebellious urban fox.
It has been created by the young people working alongside installation artist Steve Geliot, composer Brian Lock, singersongwriter Al Start, artist Mark Jamieson and City and Guilds students from HMP Lewes.
The performance will be shown twice at 9.50pm and 10.30pm.
From 9pm, free. Call 01273 813813.
Cuckmere Haven, Seven Sisters, Thursday, July 19, to Sunday, July 22
A glowing encampment of tents is setting up at Cuckmere Haven as part of a nationwide installation by theatre director Deborah Warner, actor Fiona Shaw and composer Mel Mercier.
Visitors will be able to walk between the tents and hear Mercier’s specially commissioned soundscape, which includes hundreds of recordings of love poetry, words, signals and noises collected by Shaw from actors, poets, writers and the general public.
The piece has been inspired by the United Nations Olympic Truce which calls on countries worldwide to lay down their arms for the duration of the London Games.
The piece is a 20 to 30-minute walk from the nearest car park – visitors are advised to bring a torch.
There will be similar encampments in County Antrim and Coleraine in Northern Ireland, Godrevy in Cornwall, Anglesey’s Cemaes Bay, the Isle Of Lewis and Cullykhan Bay in Scotland and Dunstanburgh Castle in Craster, Northumberland.
From 9.30pm to 5.30am, free. Booking advised at www.peacecamp2012.com
Church Farm, Coombes, Sunday, July 15 Horsham Park, North Street, Horsham, Saturday, July 21
Travelling free family festival Dromos returns to Sussex for the second year running.
Created by a team of young producers and supported by a team of industry mentors, Dromos mixes theatre, dance, music, street performance and workshops.
Church Farm will feature Talking Birds Theatre’s interactive piece The Whale and dance company Just Jhoom offering their combination of Bollywood, jazz and hip-hop dancing.
Meanwhile, Horsham Park will welcome special guest West African storyteller and drummer Usifu Jalloh.
Open noon to 5pm, free. Visit www.dromosfestival.co.uk
Big Dance 2012
South East England Various venues, Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15
Pensioner dancers, a cabbie’s view of London and a new site-specific performance to launch a summer reading challenge are among the attractions at this year’s Big Dance 2012.
Dancers will take over Hove Lawns from noon tomorrow for demonstrations and workshops, ranging from baby boogie to a tea social dance by Ragroof Theatre Company.
Among the special guests will be choreographer Hofesh Shechter, and Avant Garde Dance performing Taxi!, their tale of modern urban London as seen through the eyes of a cabbie.
Avant Garde Dance’s Tony Adigun is also behind a site-specific performance by young dancers outside Jubilee Library, in Jubilee Square, on Sunday, July 15, at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm, to launch this summer’s reading challenge for youngsters aged between four to 11.
Brighton Dome’s foyer bar, in Church Street, will be hosting a new contemporary dance piece for performers aged 60 and over by choreographer Bettine Strickler from 5.15pm on Sunday.
And the neighbouring Corn Exchange is hosting a tea dance with the Footloose Dance Orchestra from 2pm to 5pm, with tickets costing £12.50 including tea and cake.
Various times, free. Visit www.southeastdance.org.uk
Saunders Park, Lewes Road, Brighton, Saturday, July 14
The team behind household recycling shop Shabitat and the citywide GreenBox scheme is marking its 20th anniversary with an Eco Festival.
The co-operative was formed in 1992, forming the kerbside recycling GreenBox scheme four years later, using converted milk floats, and encouraging householders to sort their own waste rather that huge machinery. Shabitat has remained their home – offering secondhand furniture, books, CDs, clothes and records for new homes.
The Eco Festival’s solar-powered stage features live performances by Lucy And The Scamps, Chicken Shed Zeppelin, Outrage, Triple Chicken Combo and the Dub In The Pub DJs. There will also be locally produced food and drinks, sustainable craft stalls, workshops and an aerial circus show.
Starts noon to 9pm, free. Visit www.magpie.coop
Baker Mamonova Gallery, Norman Road, St Leonards, Saturday, July 14, to Friday, July 27
<> The final works by artist Diane Hoskins are going on display in St Leonards.
Hoskins died earlier this year at the age of 71, following a three-year battle with cancer. She spent her last 28 days painting on her new iPad, creating an estimated 50 paintings over the period.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is a large flat screen with a constantly running video showing her pictures being built up stroke by stroke.
“Diane created the pictures using the Brushes app, which [her son] Cass downloaded on to her iPad for her, having just read a newspaper article about Hockney’s iPad paintings at the Royal Academy,” says her partner of 15 years Patrick Robbins.
“She drew cats, seagulls, flowers – whatever she could see around her – and some wonderful abstracts, too. They all have an extraordinary energy, vividness and brightness.”
A selection of 16 pictures will be on display, with limited-edition unframed prints available to buy at £70 each in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, and the McCartney Day Unit at Hastings’ Conquest Hospital.
Starts Tues to Sat 10am to 4pm, Sun and Mon by appointment, free.
Call 07896 553914 or 07745803166.