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After 60 years, Liz Aggiss finally gives herself permission to do what she damn well pleases. Better late than never! She's reached an age where doing the right thing is optional. Should she please you, or should she please herself? The English Channel is the story of a career forged in the heady waters of performance art and dance-film. It vividly depicts Liz Aggiss resuscitating herself back into the on-stage limelight. In the process, she becomes an unwitting channel for wilful women and forgotten archives; a conduit for hidden histories and buried truths. She is your cunning connection to ?the other side'; a witty commentator on life and death; on the pain, pleasure and paradox of the stage. Using her body as the medium through which to act out and act up, the choreography and texts (written by Aggiss) are framed by contemporary and archive film (Joe Murray). The specially composed music score (by Alan Boorman/Wevie) includes some knock-out musical numbers. Surprise guests are channeled into being. On a stage of chaos anything can happen, nobody can leave, everyone is present. Knock twice for yes.
A hard-working but poor shoemaker struggles to earn enough money to support his family. The kind-hearted man decides to give his final pair of shoes, all he has left in the world, to a poor lady in need of help. The next morning the shoemaker awakes to find that his last piece of leather has been transformed into the most magnificent pair of shoes overnight. He discovers that not only are the shoes beautiful; they are also magical. Who is the mysterious maker of these marvellous shoes? Retelling the famous Brothers Grimm story, Elves & the Shoemaker is the perfect opportunity to introduce your little ones to the magic of live ballet, music and theatre. Age 3+. Running time: approx 40mins
Discover the heady, indulgent days of New York's Long Island during the glamorous 1920s as Northern Ballet's adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby returns to Norwich by popular demand. Nick Carraway comes to know his infamous neighbour Jay Gatsby - a mysterious millionaire with a secret past and a penchant for lavish parties and beautiful women. As the sparkling fa?ade of Gatsby's world begins to slip, Carraway comes to see the loneliness, obsession and tragedy that lies beneath. The seductive style of the era is recreated through stunning sets and costumes. Music by Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett CBE (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Murder on the Orient Express), will be played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
Contemporary dance. Richard Alston, Artistic Director of The Place, the UK's leading centre for contemporary dance, is internationally recognised as one of the most influential and inspiring choreographers in British dance.
In the specially revived Overdrive, Alston takes up the pulsating rhythm of modern Californian composer Terry Riley's music and runs with it to the wire. A brand new piece by Martin Lawrance is inspired by the romantic composer Franz Liszt, without doubt a real contrast to last year's Madcap.