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NOTTDANCE PRESENTS FUMIO IKEDA, ALAIN PLATEL, BENJAMIN VERDONCK
THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2008 CURATORS’ CHOICE:JONATHAN BURROWS FUMIO IKEDA, ALAIN PLATEL, BENJAMIN VERDONCK (BELGIUM) NINE FINGER UK PREMIERE Nine Finger is inspired by the story of a child soldier somewhere in Africa, based on the novel by American writer of Nigerian origin Uzodinma Iweala. The book Beasts of No Nation looks at the perversity of war through the eyes of a child. In this piece, two performers use their own resources to tell this story together. They do so with great physicality and poetic mastery. Under the surface the great question is: how can we, through our art, relate to the cruelty of the world? In this project three exceptional personalities of the dance world have joined forces: highly expressive Japanese dancer Fumiyo Ikeda, actor Benjamin Verdonck who combines far-reaching social commitment with major poetic force, and Alain Platel, a world renowned choreographer whose work is regularly presented at Saddlers Wells, London. Curators’ choice: Jonathan Burrows nottdance has over recent years brought you the trilogy from Jonathan Burrows and collaborator Matteo Fargion. As a longstanding partner of the festival, Jonathan has chosen to present a collaborative project by three great contemporary performance makers. “Platel is like a link in the space between theatre and dance” Katleen Van Langendonck, KVS Festival Brochure (Belgium) Co-production: ROSAS, KVS Festival (Belgium), La Monnaie/De Munt (Belgium) nottdance08 takes place from 17-26 October in several venues across Nottingham. To request a brochure with full listing of performances and events please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dance4.co.uk. nottdance at Lakeside is supported by Arts Council England, Nottingham City Council and Lakeside Arts Centre. Image opposite taken by Herman Sorgeloos.