Dance talent coming to Nottingham

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SOME of the very best artists working in dance and performance today from across the globe are to descend upon Nottingham next spring.

The exciting line-up has been announced for the Nottdance Festival 2013. Nottdance is organised by Nottingham-based international dance organisation, Dance4 and is one of the biggest events in Europe’s dance calendar.

Now in its 23rd year, Nottdance attracts the best contemporary dance talent from around the world and will bring hundreds of dance lovers from the UK and overseas to see a 10 day programme of performances, events, exhibitions and public happenings.

Next year’s inspiring festival line-up includes performances from companies across the world such as Alias from Switzerland, Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Loar from Israel, Maria Hassabi from the USA, Miguel Pereira from Portugal, Rodrigo Sobarzo from the

Netherlands and Colette Sadler from the UK who is among the very best of home-grown dance talent and will be performing during the ten days.

Paul Russ, chief executive at Dance4, said: “We’re delighted that some of the most exciting work in the world of dance will be coming here to Nottingham.

“This has become a wonderful biannual festival that continues to grow and is synonymous with our city, supporting Nottingham as a cultural centre in the region. We hope it will continue to capture the imagination of local people as well as those from further afield.

“Because of its varied programme, Nottdance attracts audiences who maybe wouldn’t consider dance performance and although we encourage dance lovers from afar it’s very important to us that we reach local people who want to support this international event here in Nottingham.”

Working in partnership with Nottingham’s world-class venues including Nottingham Playhouse, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham Contemporary and Nottingham Trent University, the Nottdance festival will also be found in alternative venues and spaces across the city such as shopping centres, Rock City and Antenna.

The full festival programme will run from 7 – 17 March, 2013.

Some of this year’s fabulous highlights which have already been announced include Sideways Rain by Alias which is an extraordinary, hypnotic performance from an award-winning company. In this world-wide hit, 12 dancers make the most of the stage as they walk, run, fall and rise in an exhilarating, sensual experience that depicts the human condition and the evolution of man. Thursday 14 and Friday 15 March, 8pm. Tickets £8.50 - £18. Nottingham Playhouse www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

Spiced with the music of ABBA, Pet Shop Boys and Michael Jackson, Ship of Fools by Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor confronts a woman and two men as the boundaries that separate them are crossed, their personal baggage falls apart and becomes exposed. Sunday 17 March, 7.30pm. Tickets £12/£9/£6. Lakeside Arts Centre www.lakesidearts.org.uk

With live music and dance, the brilliant new work On Order and Anarchy by choreographer Colette Sadler shows the very best of UK talent as the audience is presented with an abstract game of unstable logic. Friday 8 March, 8pm. Tickets £12/£9/£6. Lakeside Arts Centre www.lakesidearts.org.uk

Solo by Maria Hassabi sees her perform with a Persian carpet which becomes a prop, an outer skin and a living sculpture, describing the negotiations of the dancer. Saturday 10 March, 8pm. Tickets £12/£9/£6. Lakeside Arts Centre www.lakesidearts.org.uk

Inspired by the amateur artist, Miguel Pereira builds a world that is part experiment and part testimonial in his performance OPUS 49 where the theatre becomes an intimate space connecting the artist and the audience. Tuesday 12 March, 7.30pm and 9.30pm. Tickets £10/£8/£5. Nottingham Playhouse www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

In his performance Apnea, Rodrigo Sobarzo draws on the iconic world of sports divers and escape artists, pushing the physical and human boundaries to create a visual and immersive experience of air and the act of breathing. Saturday 16 March, 7.30pm, Tickets £12/£9/£6. Lakeside Arts Centre www.lakesidearts.org.uk