Aerial spectacle to open Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s free programme of events

NNF16. Flat. Photo: Vincent Lucas.

NNF16. Flat. Photo: Vincent Lucas. - Credit: Vincent LUCAS /le facteur d'imag

An aerial spectacle on a stage suspended from The Forum will open Norfolk & Norwich Festival's free outdoor programme of events tomorrow night.

NNF16. Flat. Photo: Vincent Lucas.

NNF16. Flat. Photo: Vincent Lucas. - Credit: Vincent LUCAS /le facteur d'imag

Called Flat, the show is about one man and his apartment, and audiences will be able to watch from below as he climbs, falls and leaps around his home on an everchanging stage. Video animations and mapping technology will constantly transform the rooms he inhabits as the show strives to question perceptions of time, space and gravity.

The show will also be repeated on Saturday night.

Mark Denbigh, Norfolk & Norwich Festival's head of production, said: 'It's a wonderful, sweet show. It involves an aerialist and we are hanging the set from the front of The Forum - visually it will look really impressive.

'It's quite a spectacle but it's also quite delicate in a way.'

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He added: 'It's a unique show that mixes video-mapping with interesting choreography to tell an interesting tale.

'It's the tale of one person in their domain and all the things that come and go as a part of that.'

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The show, directed by Rodrigo Pardo, was first performed in France and has been performed at venues across Europe. It is part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival's free outdoor programme sponsored by Tarmac.

Mr Denbigh said there was 'a really busy and exciting' programme of free events for audiences to look forward to with everything from the Public Jukebox popping up throughout the city to the Dennis Design Center asking people to get involved in building a unique creation in Norwich's Chapelfield Gardens.

Flat will be outside The Forum in Norwich tomorrow and Saturday at 10pm. The show lasts 30 minutes.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival runs from May 13 to 29. For more about Flat and other festival events, visit

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