Dance festival returns to city

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An international festival of extraordinary dance and performance returns to venues around Nottingham this week.

A radical performance which stunned the world of dance and returns to audiences for the first time in 28 years; the latest works by the incredible Wendy Houstoun and world-renowned Rosemary Butcher; an interactive performance based on what makes the audience happy – it can only be the return of Nottdance.

Dance 4’s international festival of extraordinary dance and performance showcases incredible 21st century choreographic work from all over the world.

Now in its 24th year, the Nottdance festival – which is produced by international dance organisation Dance4 - will see more than 40 performances take place over 11 days in 30 of the city’s venues and public spaces between March 5-15.

Throughout the 11-day programme, prestigious choreographers and performers will make this year’s Dance4 one of the best yet. Major highlights include Ultima Vez’s What the Body Does Not Remember, which was first performed in 1987 and stunned the world of dance. It is now returning to audiences for the first time in 28 years.

Renowned British visual and dance artist Rosemary Butcher will be holding an exhibition of her work Memory in the Present Tense throughout the festival, celebrating her work from 1976 to present day. In a UK premiere, she will also be performing Secrets of the Open Sea/Test Pieces to audiences and holding discussions.

Another highlight is Wendy Houstoun’s Stupid Women. This was initially performed as a tribute to the late, great Nigel Charnock’s Stupid Men. Wendy brings a new idea of a performance developing before your eyes exposing the impossibility of repetition and the madness of creation.

Further performances to look out for are Hetain Patel presenting his American Boy and holding a post-show discussion and Nicole Beutler from the Netherlands exploring the suffering of fictional heroines.

Working in partnership with Nottingham’s world-class venues including Nottingham Playhouse, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham Contemporary and Nottingham Trent University, the festival will also present a variety of extraordinary work free in public spaces across the city.

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