Welcome to the 21st Nottdance Festival! There is a buzz across the city and beyond as Dance4, our partner venues and a host of artists from across the world, launch into three weeks of exhilarating dance and performance.

In this second edition of our newspaper you’ll find, along with a full events listing and all the info you need to book tickets and find the venues, a week by week insight into some of the approaches, issues and content of the different festival activities.

We’ve also tried to include some more images to whet your appetite, and to help you find your festival spirit some suggestions for ways to spend 48 hours with us at Nottdance and in the city.

It seems not so long ago that Dance4’s director Paul and I sat down to talk about our 21st birthday festival and to share some of the ideas we had about how to celebrate. Since then there have been lots of shows to see, artists to talk to, partners to plan with and details to pin down. Along the way I’ve had great fun in choosing some brilliant shows for you, including UK premieres by Ali Fekih and Unusual Symptoms.

I’ve been working with artists like Rajni Shah, Wendy Houstoun, Tom Dale and our ‘super’ associate Matthias Sperling to bring brand new, never seen before performances to the festival, as well as Charles Linehan to invite two of his favourite artists (Iztoc Kovac˘ and Dog Kennel Hill Project) to join us. And the whole team have telephoned, emailed, researched, booked and organised themselves crazy.

So now you get to share this excitement with us, get the chance to see some amazing work and to meet the fantastic artists who make this festival what it is.

Claire Hicks

Producer at Dance4

Nottdance 2011 includes works by :

Alexandra Harrison (AUS)

Ali Fekih

Charles Linehan (UK)

CoisCéim Dance Theatre

Colette Sadler (UK)

Dog Kennel Hill Project (UK)

Gabriel Reuter (UK)


Iztok Kovac (SL)

Matthais Sperling (UK) & Rachel Krische (UK)

Me and the Machine (UK)

Miguel Pereira and Friends (PT)

Rajni Shah Projects (UK)

Samir Akika & Unusual Symptoms (DE)

Simon Ellis (UK)

Silvia Gribaudi (IT)

The Guests Company & Yuval Pick (FR)

Tom Dale Company (UK)

Wendy Houston (UK)

      Home Page Image : Tom Dale Company – I Infinite– Photo Credit – Barret Hodgson

About Page Image : Colette Sadler – Musical– Photo Credit – Raymond Mallentjer