The season kicks off on 23 June 2010, running until 26 September. During this time Theatre Square (at the front of the NT) will play host to free performances including: Floten Tecles (The Floating Keyboard) by Catalonia’s David Moreno, who plays and sings at a vertical grand piano six metres in the air; World Cup-themed fun with leading Asian dance company Srishti’s show Bend It; and The Alternative Village Fete - an urban twist on traditional village fetes.
The International Festival in Square² begins with the virtual internet-show Life Streaming (23 June – 3 July), by Dries Verhoeven from the Netherlands. This is followed by the Markeliñe who return to Watch This Space with their exuberant cabaret Carbón Club (6 – 10 July), telling tales from the mines of the Basque Country. Then comes another international offering, Carmen Funebre (13 – 17 July), from one of Poland’s leading theatre companies, Teatr Biuro Prodrózy, based on the stories of the refugees from the Bosnian conflict.
From Spain, theatre-maker Roger Bernat brings his "most ambitious piece to date" in Domini Públic (20 -25 July), an audio-theatrical experience which turns his audience into pawns in a life-size board game. And then last stop before returning to the UK is the French company Compagnie Carbosse’s Chez Cocotte (27 – 31 July), a theatrical fantasy for a retired railway man and 55 pressure cookers.
The festival ends with British theatre company Metro-boulot-dodo’s FIB (3 – 8 August) in which 14 audience members are placed in 14 boxes ready for an experience of story-telling and "harsh realities".
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