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BE FESTIVAL, Birmingham's international festival of arts returns this summer. Come and experience a diverse and exciting range of theatre, food and arts, whatever your taste. Make sure to choose the food option when booking to partake in our interval dinner on stage at The REP.

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Romain Teule
France / Portugal

Performance meets lecture on the nature of language, Légende unpicks the different kinds of questions produced by words.

Beginning with a fictional language of the birds, Romain Teule's show probes the different possibilities to be found in words. Uncovering the instances where words fail, and what powers they have, it's a thoughtful show, prompting re-evaluations about what things we take for granted.

Running time: 30 minutes


Kulunka Teatro

A story about holding onto the simple and everyday as we grow older.

Solitudes traces the protagonist's struggle with feeling disconnected and misunderstood as he approaches old age. As with Kulunka's previous work, the cast wear full-masks which show striking, characterful expressions. The play follows the protagonist's journey to communicate the importance of the day-to-day habits which make up his existence. With no dialogue, body language and movement are used to present characters' relationships.

A Spain-based company, Kulunka were awarded Audience Prize at BE Festival 2011.

Running time: 30 minutes


Ki Omos Kineitai

A dark, engrossing story of imminent danger, Betelgez is balanced on an unstable equilibrium.

A star named Betelgez is on the brink of supernova. A comparison between the explosion of a star and eruptions of social unrest, a collage of short shots of commanding political speeches are broadcast in the background. The show's four dancer-acrobats perform aerial feats of circus display. With a tangible sense of risk from the beginning, the dimly lit stage sees tensions stretched thin. 

Running time: 30 minutes

Please note the below trailer contains strong language.


Anna Aristarkhova

Through evocative, abstract dance, this show draws the connections forged through
acknowledging our differences.

In many ways, a hug could be considered a shared, universal expression: a simple gesture of empathy or affection, understood no matter where you are. But in Obnimashki, the international performers which make up the show – from Russia, France, Germany, Lithuania and Japan – explore the subtly different meanings which the gesture can hold. Dispersed around the stage, they oscillate between individual experiences and shared moments. 

Running time: 30 minutes




Whilst you're booking…

Don't forget BE FESTIVAL have a separate programme of amazing visual arts, exhibitions, talks, workshops and music, every day - and all for FREE!

If you would like to see more, please visit, and to book onto a workshop please e-mail

Ticket Information

From £22 (including performances and dinner)
From £14 (with no dinner)

Buy a 5-day pass and dinner for all performances £100
Buy a 5-day pass for all performances £60

Concession rates available via our box office.

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