From rubbish to magical dance: coming to Warwick Arts Centre

Who: L’après-midi d’un Foehn–Version 1 by Company Non Nova

When: Oct 11 and 12th

Where: Warwick University Arts Centre


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A magical dance troupe, made entirely from a heap of rubbish,  comes to Warwick Arts Centre next month.

Following sell out performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival  and Dublin Dance Festival, Company Non Nova brings its family show L’après-midi d’un Foehn–Version 1 to the University on  Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October.

Jean-Louis Ouvrard plays a ballet master who transforms plastic bags into a company of virtuoso dancers. Propelled by currents of air to the cascading falls of Claude Debussy’s music, these ‘plastic dancers’ become more and more human by the second. The air streams through them like the flow of blood and a prima ballerina emerges. The audience, sitting on the stage, is transported to a magical world where the laws of gravity no longer exist and boundless adventures await.

Nijinsky first performed L’après-midi d’un faune for the Ballet Russes in Paris in 1912, using the score Prélude à l’aprés-midi d’un faune by Claude Debussy. Set to the same music, Compagnie Non Nova’s  the 30 minute  show is a brilliant metaphor of art and the imagination as they make what’s essentially a heap of rubbish into a perfect interpretation of Debussy’s pastoral score.

L’après-midi d”un Foehn – Version 1 is touring the UK as part of Circus Evolution, an Arts Council England  tour.  It’s overseen  by Crying Out Loud; creative producers who have been bringing memorable events to festivals and theatres in UK, USA and Europe for over a decade.