Festivals

Katie West in Uncle Vanya at HOME Manchester, courtesy of Graeme Cooper

HOME Autumn/Winter Season

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

In a period of great geo-political uncertainty and social unrest, the question of what role we have to play in actively shaping the brave new world before us has become pressing. It’s also the point of departure for many of the exciting new commissions and programme highlights we have to look forward to this autumn and winter at HOME.

Inspired by the notion of underground protest and civic uprising, A Revolution Betrayed? marks a major new season of theatre, visual art and film designed in response to the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Among our picks, The Return of Memory sees artists and curators re-examine the legacy surrounding this seismic, though often side-lined event through the lens of the ‘New East’ today. While a new production of Uncle Vanya asks: what does Chekhov’s much-loved play tell us about the evolving present?

From Russia to Turkey, The Scar by Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler takes another historic landmark with global implications – the infamous 1996 Susurluk car crash – and reimagines it through the eyes of the one female passenger (an ex-beauty queen). Addressing systems of power and corruption, the exhibition explores how an alternative, no longer patriarchal society, could be formed. Similar themes arise over in the theatre, where Hot Brown Honey presents a ‘sassy’ challenge to perceptions of colour and privilege; and Duncan Macmillan’s critically acclaimed People, Places & Things arrives straight from the National Theatre with a bold critique of modern society. Finally, internationally acclaimed artist/choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s Grand Finale injects a touch of the mythical into HOME’s Autumn/Winter Season with his elemental, genre-confounding portrayal of a world in free fall – humanity spiralling towards its own end.

There’s also plenty for the family to look forward to; from a mini Christmas medley of Tim Burton classics, to Little Angel Theatre’s unconventional retelling of Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. For those made of braver stuff, FilmFear returns this Halloween for a second year of terrifying classics and new British works; while HOME’s Artistic Director of Film, Jason Wood, curates a fascinating selection of One Film Wonders – debuts by filmmakers with just a single directorial credit. All in all, it looks like HOME has an exciting few months in store for us.

Here are our picks