Mustard video: Norfolk and Norwich Festival unveils its programme for May 2013
12:31 05 March 2013
The city and county are getting ready to take centre-stage as the Norfolk and Norwich Festival today unveils its full line-up for its 2013 arts extravaganza.
A rich selection of the world’s music, theatre, circus, literature, dance, children’s shows and free outdoor performance will bring a true feast of the arts to Norwich and Norfolk from May 10 to 26.
The festival kicks-off on May 10 and 11 with Compagnie des Quidams’ Rêve d’Herbert (meaning Herbert’s Dream), a free dream-like spectacle in Norwich’s Cathedral Close where performers will be transformed into giant lanterns which light the way to a mesmerizing finale.
Meanwhile the festival’s closing show on May 26 will see the Festival Chorus and the London Philharmonic Orchestra join forces to present Verdi’s Requiem at Norwich’s St Andrew’s Hall, and in between these two contrasting events the festival is presenting a jam-packed 17-day programme which the organisers believe offers something for everyone.
William Galinsky, the festival’s artistic director, said: “This is a programme packed with new commissions, world and UK premieres: from the local to the international, from the large scale to the intimate.
“The Festival encourages a sense of community through a celebration of art and culture, people and place while also encouraging cultural tourism and bringing extra visitors into the city and county.
“Alongside our dedication to bringing the world’s best artists to the region, we also aim to inspire our own artists to make work that can hold its own on the world stage.”
Among the highlights are:
• The Spiegeltent is returning to Chapelfield Gardens for nine nights with a programme including: Ragroof tea dances; the Bo Nanafana Social Club’s Spiegel First Night Swing Swing and Closing Night Party with Congo Faith Healers; and Beyond by Circa, a circus-inspired spectacle looking at the relationship between man and beast.
• People will have the chance to put on their dancing shoes and dance until they drop at Bluemouth Inc’s Dance Marathin at Epic Studios which is inspired by the human endurance contests of 1920s and 1930s America.
• One hundred local singers will present The Voice Project’s Ideas of Flight at Norwich Cathedral - a choral song-cycle inspired by birds in flight.
The Voice Project Quintet and Trio Zephyr will also perform chamber performances of Ideas of Flight at Salthouse Church and St Benet’s Abbey.
• Chapelfield Gardens will host a selection of free outdoor events for families including Fevered Sleep’s Little Universe and Commotion Dance’s Little Artists: Big Painting.
• A carnivalesque collection of tents and temporary dwellings will be put up in Norwich Castle’s for UK artist Brian Griffiths’ new installation These Foolish Travels.
• Earlham Park will be transformed into an intricate landscape of musical installations when it hosts the free Audible Forces event.
• Groundbreaking circus troupe Les 7 doights de la main will present their show Sequence 8 at Norwich Theatre Royal, a spectacle of acrobatics, circus arts and theatre.
Meanwhile Compagnie Galapiat, one of Europe’s leading young contemporary circus companies, is bringing their latest show to the Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth.
• The magic of the big top will come to Millennium Plain when Tilted Productions perform their free show Fragile which is full of tightwire artists, trampolinists and a dancing clown.
• People step into an ambulance to find about the life and times of a paramedic in Curious Directive’s The Kindness of Strangers.
• The Philharmonia Orchestra will celebrate the Britten Centenary with Our Hunting Fathers on May 13, a work originally commissioned for the 1936 Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Other classical highlights include performances from Britten Sinfonia and instrumentalist Steven Osborne, a collaboration between composer Elspeth Brooke and puppeteer Seonaid Goody, concerts by young ensemble Aurora Orchestra and cellist Oliver Coates, and a Royal Academy of Music Concert Series.
• Entertainment from the more contemporary music scene includes: French star Woodkid with his multimedia show combining folk and electronica; singer-songwriter John Grant; New Orleans’ The Soul Rebels; Portuguese fado singer Mariza; Iranian Grammy Award nominee Kayhan Kalhor; and Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré.
• Poets taking part in the festival include Don Patterson, Sophie Hannah and Hannah Lowe, Ali Smith, and Radio 4 broadcaster and performance poet Luke Wright. Fringe First winners Hannah Walker and Chris Thorpe are bringing their new show I Wish I Was Lonely to the city, meanwhile novelist and free thinker Will Self will also be heading to the festival and novelist-come-polymath Amit Choudhuri will explore the intersection between spoken word and music.
• As previously announced, New York-based Nature Theater of Oklahoma will present a world premiere of part of their epic show Life and Times which tells the story of one very ordinary life based on the transcript of a 16-hour telephone call. The show can be seen in four performances over four evenings - or in a mammoth 12-hour show.
• National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch, based on recollections of soldiers in Iraq, is coming to the UEA’s Sportspark just ahead of the May extravaganza from April 17 to 20.
• How Like An Angel, combining contemporary circus, exquisite singing and stunning architecture, is returning to Norwich from May 14 to 17.
• For more information on the festival events, including dates and times, visit www.nnfestival.org.uk
To book tickets go to www.nnfestival.org.uk, call 01603 766400, or visit the Theatre Royal box office.