Vixen Outreach Project

On 14 July 2012 the Velodrome in Preston Park played host to the first public showing of VIXEN , an ambitious new production created by around 30 young people from Brighton and Hove.

Participants produced the large-scale work with the support of local artists led by installation artist, Steve Geliot, with composer Brian Lock, artist Mark Jamieson and singer songwriter Al Start.

Part performance, part installation and with film projections created by the participants and Steve Geliot shown on huge outdoor screens, the project was a collaboration between Glyndebourne opera house, Central United Reformed Church Hove, the Youth Offending Service and the Brighton and Hove Youth Arts Project.

Participants from HMP Lewes were also involved, creating props and resources for the performance as part of their work towards City and Guilds qualifications.

The piece tells the story of a rebellious urban fox and is inspired by Leo Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen. It was commissioned by Glyndebourne and supported by the Equitable Charitable Trust and the E H Wade Charitable Trust, with additional thanks to the following supporters:

Brighton and Hove City Council, HMP Lewes, Central United Reformed Church, Hove, Cityclean, Sussex Wildlife Trust, British Wildlife Centre (Surrey), The Natural History Museum, Taylor Wimpey, Brian McClave (Time-lapse film maker)

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.

We’re also pleased to be continuing Glyndebourne’s long history of working with HMP Lewes. We first performed there in the 1950s and with several projects since then we’ve been able to build on that legacy in a really practical way to help some of the inmates gain valuable qualifications for their future.”

Inspired by Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen, this ambitious education project was led by artist Steve Geliot with composer Brian Lock, artist Mark Jamieson and singer songwriter Al Start.