Norwich Theatre is pleased to be supporting this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival (NNF), bringing two dance and physical theatre shows to Norwich.

It includes a landmark production from a dance icon, Marc Brew - an Accident/a Life - which is headlining international festivals in Europe ahead of coming to Norwich Theatre Royal in May.

The starting point for the piece was Marc’s car accident, in which he went from ballet dancer to paraplegic in a split second. This moment transformed his relationship to movement, cultivating a fresh approach to dance. an Accident/a Life unravels moments in life, with and without words using storytelling, film, music, dance and a car.

It follows on from Brew’s notable solos, For Now I am… and Remember When, both critically and publicly celebrated.

'I am delighted that the festival and Norwich Theatre are working in partnership to bring this extraordinary programme to our audiences,' said Daniel Brine, chief executive and artistic director of Norfolk and Norwich Festival. 'We’ve been able to curate an immensely varied programme of work that showcases how dance and movement can tell powerful, pulsating stories'

The second show presented by Norwich Theatre in this year’s festival is at Norwich Theatre Royal 21 and 22 May. Thomas Hardy’s classic, Tess of the D’Urbervilles is adapted for the stage in Tess by Ockham’s Razor. A thrilling, emotional blend of circus and physical theatre, Tess evokes the life, loves and landscapes of Hardy’s heroine.

Norwich Theatre has been growing the appetite for dance and movement-based shows in the city with Norwich Moves: a permanent season exploring storytelling in which words are not the focus. Shows under the banner of Norwich Moves include productions presented and produced in partnership with Norwich Theatre’s regular artistic partners, such as Carlos Acosta, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Rambert and Northern Ballet, as well as world-class and celebrated choreographers, dancers and artists from around the globe including through Dance Consortium.

Stephen Crocker, chief executive and creative director at Norwich Theatre, said: 'It has been remarkable to see such extraordinary appetite for new and different approaches to storytelling through movement from our audiences and how our Norwich Moves season is embedding a dance programme to rival any other UK city.

'We are pleased to bring this into Norfolk amd Norwich Festival with a landmark production of a newly shared story from a dance icon in an Accident/a Life and an imaginative retelling of an old story from one of the most exciting circus and physical companies in the UK today in Tess.'

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