THIS month The Lowry announced the second edition of Week 53, its biennial interdisciplinary arts festival. The 12-day event replaces the venue’s usual programme and utilises its entire space, including parts of the building not usually accessible to the public.
Based in Salford, The Lowry will celebrate its 18th birthday with the theme Coming of Age. Featured international artists explore the topic through art, drama, dance and interactive installations in over 70 performances and commissions.
Amongst the festival’s events is Toast, a first-time stage adaption by Henry Filloux-Bennett of food writer Nigel Slater’s autobiography, which depicts the experience of adolescence through food. Adolescence is also the central theme of Brighton Rock, a performance of Graham Greene’s coming of age thriller by Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal at the Lowry’s Quays Theatre.
Other interpretations of the theme include a focus on the coming of the robot age. The premiere of French choreographer Eric Minh Cuong Castaing’s School of Moon explores advancements in artificial intelligence and will feature both child and robotic dancers.
Week 53 is underpinned by The Lowry’s aim to showcase a wide range of experimental contemporary art. Its inaugural festival, themed Locus, attracted 10,000 visitors and contributed to its position as the most visited cultural space in the North West of England.
By Rosie Byers
Week 53 will run from May 17 until May 28, 2018 at The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ.
Admission to some elements of the programme is free of charge, and ticketed events are set-priced at £10 or £20. All ticketed performances will be allocated pay what you decide seats, with the aim of encouraging audiences to engage with something new.
Tickets for Toast, Brickton Rock and School of Moon are on sale now at The Lowry’s website.Tags: Brighton Rock > Eric Minh Cuong Castaing > Graham Green > Graham Greene > Henry Filloux-Bennett > Nigel Slater > Salford > School of Moon > The Lowry > Week 53 Festival