posted 14 April 2005 07:19 AM
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29 April - 18 May 2005
JEROME BEL, DEBORAH HAY, THE GOB SQUAD, RED SHOE DELIVERY SERVICE, ROSEMARY LEE & NIC SANDIFORD, SEAN TUAN JOHN & BERT VAN GORP, LYNDA GAUDREAU, AC DICKSON, JULIET ROBSON, HEIDI TIKKA, JIM BUCHANAN, GOAT ISLAND!
nottdance 2005, from 29 April to 18 May, brings together a characteristically bold selection of dance, performance art, installations, film and outdoor work, which explores the theme 'There's no place like home', and celebrates the City of Nottingham with extraordinary dance experiences from around the world.
A strong North America contingent is headed-up by the brilliant Deborah Hay Dance Company with two performances of 'Match Adaptations'. Goat Island Performance Group make a welcome return to the Festival as part of their UK tour with a double performance: ‘When will the September roses bloom? Last night was only a comedy’. Entertainment is guaranteed in the hands of performance artist Andrew Dickson with 'AC Dickson - Ebay Power Seller'. While residents and visitors alike can hope on to MK Guth's ‘Red Shoe Delivery Service’, for a free taxi ride on the condition of donning a pair of red sparkly boots. The festival also hosts the UK premiere of 'Time Flies', a unique sound and video installation by one of Canada's most celebrated dance makers, Lynda Gaudreau.
British and European artists are play an equally strong role in nottdace 2005. Sean Tuan John, 'the new bad boy of British Dance', and Flemish choreographer Bert van Gorp, create their first production for children, 'Wonderfully Grimm', which uncovers the fantastical and cruel nature of the Grimm Fairytales, and delves in to what really lurks behind the happily ever after.
Rosemary Lee and Nic Sandiland's 'Remote Dancing' offers a new multi media experience enabling visitors to Nottingham Castle to become both dancer and choreographer in an intimate pas de deux, with sound composition by Graeme Miller. The Castle takes centre stage once again with a stunning new work by one of Europe's leading land artists, Jim Buchanan: 'Labyrinth', will illuminate pathways around dusk drawing audiences of all ages along its flowing curves, unwittingly creating a compelling choreography which can be traced the following day by the ghostly footprints of the mass movement that remain on the surface.
Gob Squad, a collective of UK and German artists, invite audiences to enter the realms of voyeurism in the relaxed surroundings of the Park Plaza Hotel in 'Room Service' and 'Help Me Make It Through The Night'. While Finnish Artist Heidi Tikka combines new technology and real objects in the setting of St Peter's Church, giving visitors the chance to explore the tender and unique relationship between parent and child.
French artist Jérôme Bel, makes a welcome return to nottdance with his characteristic cunning schemes and incomparable humour, to re-present his very first piece for the festival 'theatre of things', performed by Bel and fellow countryman Frédéric Seguette.
Throughout May Juliet Robson will work with a group of international artists to explore the festival’s theme in Dance 4's series of international artist laboratories, entitled 'Line of Enquiry'.
This year, the festival’s discussion programme aims to provoke creative and critical debate. In addition to post show talks with the writer and critic Donald Hutera, the British artist Wendy Houstoun performs a new work in progress which explores the thinking behind the making of a piece of work.
Dance 4’s Show Room at the Broadway Cinema presents a selection of film shorts by regional artists, which reveal the secret lives of seemingly familiar Nottinghamshire locations, journeys and inhabitants, screened alongside innovative film shorts from around the world, drawn from the Dance Films Association (USA) Dance on Camera 2005 series. The programme also includes the Nottingham exploits of the Red Shoe Delivery Service. Broadway Cinema’s own matinée programme also complements nottdance this year with wonderfully nostalgic screenings of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Red Shoes.
In what will be Jane Greenfield's last year as Festival Director, she explains what makes this year different:
"We’ve worked hard this year to develop a programme which will appeal to the widest community, giving everyone the opportunity to take part in some way. Whether it's light labyrinths at Nottingham Castle or a free taxi ride home wearing a pair of sparkly boots, we hope nottdance 2005 really celebrates the streets, landmarks and historic buildings of our home with a truly international programme" www.dance4.co.uk
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