News: Nottdance 2013 - Are You Dancing?

Wednesday 27 February 2013 by Carmel Smith

Nicola Conibere's 'Assembly'  - part of Nottdance 2013.

Nottingham based Dance4 has developed a reputation for showing consistently interesting and innovative work from around the world – often introducing artists to the UK for the first time – in its annual Nottdance festival.

This year the festival – subtitled simply ‘Are You Dancing?’ (well are you asking?), runs from 7 – 17 March and takes place in 14 venues across the city. Paul Russ, Chief Executive / Artistic Director at Dance4 says:

“We are especially excited about this edition of the Nottdance Festival. All of the work in this programme tells us something different about the artform by pushing the boundaries of dance and performance. For the past 23 years, Nottdance has earned its international reputation amongst artists as a vital platform to present new ideas and for audiences this remains a festival that challenges perceptions whilst being playful and entertaining.”

To tempt visitors from out of town who might fancy a contemporary dance minibreak Dance4 is offering a range of weekend passes taking in a number of shows – with some central Nottingham hotels are offering discounts. Some well known names feature in the programme – for example Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion are in town with their One Flute Note and Geneva based Alias, are bringing their show Sideways Rain, – a sell out hit at Sadler’s Wells last year.

London based artist Nicola Conibere’s Assembly is a live gallery work which audiences are invited to drop in on (it’s free), at Nottingham Contemporary, exploring shifts in relations between individual and collective bodies. Taking place across three hours, each time a spectator enters a performer will join the performance, leaving when the spectator departs, creating groupings of constant variation.

Check out the full programme at

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