Glyndebourne showcases ambitious youth project as part of Olympic torch celebrations

Glyndebourne showcases ambitious youth project as part of Olympic torch celebrations

An exciting new production, created by 30 young people from Brighton and Hove, premieres at Preston Park’s Velodrome on July 14th as part of the city’s Olympic Torch Relay celebrations.

Vixen is the culmination of an ambitious youth project led by Glyndebourne in partnership with Central United Reformed Church Hove, the Brighton and Hove Youth Arts Project and the Youth Offending Service. The project is free to attend and open to everyone to enjoy.

A group of talented local artists led by installation artist, Steve Geliot, have worked with teenage participants to create this large-scale film project. Composer Brian Lock, singer-songwriter Al Start and artist Mark Jamieson have supported the group alongside Steve Geliot. Vixen is part performance, part installation and features 3D film projections on large, outdoor screens. Participants from HMP Lewes have also been involved, creating props and resources for the live performance as part of their work towards City and Guilds qualifications.

The production tells the story of a rebellious urban fox and is inspired by the Leoš Janáček opera, The Cunning Little Vixen. The young people taking part have been involved in all aspects of the production from filming and lighting to recording the soundtrack. For many it has been an opportunity to learn new skills and explore new technologies. VIXEN performer Amyn Ali, 19, said:

“It’s been a very positive experience and an opportunity for people of mixed backgrounds to come together. Personally for me it’s been a chance to step back from acting and get involved in directing, lighting and filming. This is what I want to do as a career so it’s been a really excellent opportunity to learn and I’ve loved every bit of it.”

James Hancox, Education Projects Manager at Glyndebourne said:

“The Vixen project has allowed Glyndebourne the pleasure of working with some incredibly talented local artists and musicians. With their help this project has been able to offer the young people involved the chance to gain new skills and enjoy the confidence boost that comes from performing and creating. “

Two free showings of VIXEN will take place at the Velodrome in Preston Park, Brighton on Saturday 14th July as part of Brighton and Hove’s Olympic Torch Relay celebrations. The first performance will begin at 9:50pm and the second at 10.30pm. The performance area will be open from 9pm and Glyndebourne recommends audiences arrive in plenty of time as capacity is limited.  

Vixen has been commissioned by Glyndebourne and is supported by the Equitable Charitable Trust and the EH Wade Charitable Trust.

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