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Launch Party!
Feb
7
to Feb 8

Launch Party!

Celebrate the launch of UKYA City Takeover at Nottingham’s state of the art music venue. Performing live will be Three Body Trio (Running Circle) who harness hardware, software and live instrumentation to bring a deep electronic groove charged with the spirit and spontaneity of jazz. UKYA artist TrueMendous is one of the UK’s most promising MCs and poets and will be bringing her energy and skills to the party. DJing on the night will be UKYA artist Benjamin Kay (Dizzy Ink) and UKYA Music Producer, Ex-Friendly (Truth & Lies Music).

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Haley Craw - Mother, Mistaken Outcast
Feb
8
11:00 AM11:00

Haley Craw - Mother, Mistaken Outcast

A performative encounter with a creature, a wild woman haunting the landscape. She is known as Mary, the wished-for-child, the sea of bitterness, and the rebellion.  She is The Virgin, Magdalene, and my grandmother. Appearing at St. Mary's Rest Garden three times throughout the day, tracing the perimeter, laying with the land, chanting, and growling. Covered in long unruly hair, she is Mary transforming into the witch of the woods.

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In The Works - The 900 Club
Feb
8
11:00 AM11:00

In The Works - The 900 Club

Performed on a moving bus. The 900 Club is a spoken word theatre show that blends minimalistic theatre and Scottish performance poetry. Five years after the death of their friend, Emily, Avery, Fiona and Mac reunite to commemorate him. They take the 900 Megabus from Glasgow to Edinburgh, where there is no escaping old memories – hilarious, heartbreaking or otherwise.

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Double Bill - Isobel Adderley / The Middleton Corpus
Feb
8
12:00 PM12:00

Double Bill - Isobel Adderley / The Middleton Corpus

  • The Space, Nottingham Contemporary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Isobel Adderley - C U S P

Three performers remain still, quivering and shuddering attempting to be sculptural and solid. Contorting like tendons, and existing as three separates but also sometimes becoming one. Audience members are invited to place unshelled boiled fresh broad beans in their mouths. This small dance will exist within the your face and jaw for the duration of the performance.

The Middleton Corpus - Cloud

Embodying the ethereal, formless nature of drifting cloud in the bodies of 2 performers, Cloud serves as a metaphor that all people should be free. Travelling along a single line that can journey through any space, regardless of any obstacles; a resilient and defiant creation, that carries only a message of hope and peace.

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FrancisBacon Project
Feb
8
4:00 PM16:00

FrancisBacon Project

Francis Bacon Project is based on the book, Fragments of a Portrait by David Sylvester, in which he discussed with Francis Bacon his artistic work, philosophy and personal life. Complimenting Bacon’s abstract and raw aesthetic, this emotionally charged performance transforms the bodies on stage; becoming one with the materials and creating a living artwork that is never the same twice.

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Double Bill - What is Written / Spoken Movement
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Double Bill - What is Written / Spoken Movement

UKYA City Takeover presents an explosive double bill from two of the UK’s most exciting performance companies. Not to be missed!

The Art of Conflict follows a group of individuals who are the representation of mankind on Earth. Set in the gritty inner city of London, plagued by capitalism; materialistic greed; and technological advancements that separate us from reality and steal our independence. We follow these individuals as they navigate this harsh world that was designed to divide, as they search for the spark of love to end the conflict. What Is Written is a leading dance company, fusing contemporary, hip-hop and martial art styles. Producing an explosive mix of energetic, fast-paced choreography; lighting design; and original post-apocalyptic beats.

Spoken Movement’s Obibini is a hip-hop theatre show taking you on a journey of self-reflection. It’s a multi cross art platform, using dance vocabulary and rooted in hip-hop. The evening opens up on cultural hierarchy, challenging society’s perspectives and how this affects and shapes our culture today. In an immersive evening, the audience will experience a historical relapse and the emergence of worlds, where questions, domestic occurrences, humour and religions collide.

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Alasdair Ambrose - Altercation: 07130219
Feb
9
12:00 PM12:00

Alasdair Ambrose - Altercation: 07130219

  • The Chapel at The Angel MicroBrewery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Alt: 07130219 is part of a series of durational performances titled Altercation. It looks to the process of shaving, as a form of visual protest and ritual. Alt: 07130219 will show the naked artist remove the hair from his body, whilst projected videoscapes saturate the environment with layers of information.  This creates an intensified environment of bombastic sensory experience. Expect sincere, raw and confrontational performance, not for the faint hearted!

No booking required. Contains nudity.

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Double Bill - Hannah Joy Spencer / Ant Lightfoot
Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

Double Bill - Hannah Joy Spencer / Ant Lightfoot

Ant Lightfoot’s AM I A TERRIBLE PERSON is a comedic look into the mind of an OCD & depression sufferer. It's a show about failure, messing things up and how it feels to be a 20-something artist with an increasingly intrusive and overbearing mental illness. It's endearing, funny but never shy. Combining elements of stand-up comedy, live art and movement, this piece aims to celebrate the discussion of mental health in a light-hearted but touching manner.


“You must reboot the system otherwise the new value will not be in force". Hannah-Joy Spencer is a contemporary dance artist who specializes in dance theatre and multimedia work. In Reboot, she explores personal escapism through video games and comic conventions, as a means to ‘turn it off and turn it back on again’. A touching and funny autobiographical inquiry into whether escapism can unlock creativity and productivity.

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Isobel Adderley - C U S P
Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

Isobel Adderley - C U S P

Three performers remain still, quivering and shuddering attempting to be sculptural and solid. Contorting like tendons, and existing as three separates but also sometimes becoming one. Audience members are invited to place unshelled boiled fresh broad beans in their mouths. This small dance will exist within the your face and jaw for the duration of the performance.

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La Minima - Quiénes
Feb
9
4:30 PM16:30

La Minima - Quiénes

Quiénes is a delicate yet energetic contemporary dance piece for 3 dancers. Three people meet in an empty space and begin to create a relationship in which each of them learns from the others, developing a common language. Quiénes is about how we join and separate to each other and how we maintain our stability.

No booking required.

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Dimitris Chimonas & Enact Theatre - Date Time Location
Feb
9
5:00 PM17:00

Dimitris Chimonas & Enact Theatre - Date Time Location

  • 3 Angel Row England, NG1 6HL United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Three performers enter and exit a public space and engage in a non-scripted ritual of rhythmical clapping, allowing a series of failures, successes and familiar rhythms to unravel. By deconstructing the folk music and dances of the Eastern Mediterranean and European region, the rhythms and vibrations transform every time it is shared, and consequently - depending on the public, a new performance is created each time.

No booking required.

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Near Miss
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Near Miss

In a dark and uncertain environment

We may think we know the right course of action to take

But when circumstances are in constant flux

Can we improvise and adapt?

Do we change our position or stand our ground?

Even stillness can be painful

The consequences very real

Five performers fight for territory in a space dominated by two suspended wooden beams. These are swung, manipulated, spun and dodged by the performers as they negotiate a series of movement and score based games, challenging to dominate or to support one another.

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Wingshan Smith - Psychic Cards for Uncertain Terrain
Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Wingshan Smith - Psychic Cards for Uncertain Terrain

A new global disorder has left many feeling numb and unsettled. In the aftermath of the American Presidential election, Brexit, the dissolution of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution as well as an on-going world refugee crisis, dreams of progression seem less achievable than ever.

Psychic Cards for Uncertain Terrain: Nottingham invites anxious viewers to have their futures read by a very specific deck of tarot cards. The deck is formed of instant photographs taken in 2018 around and within Nottingham featuring street life, private life, and the people who live here. Cards contain partial nudity.

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Agnes Ársælsdóttir - Please Watch Your Step
Feb
10
10:30 AM10:30

Agnes Ársælsdóttir - Please Watch Your Step

Meet at Monolith Door 1

Guests are invited to a guided walk through the garden where they will get to know the plants in a personal way. They will search the habitat of field grass, and hear stories about the diverse relationships between small and tall plants and remember to walk on the grass and watch your step.

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Liza Mortimer - Take Us As We Are
Feb
10
11:00 AM11:00

Liza Mortimer - Take Us As We Are

  • Performing Arts Studio, Nottingham Lakeside Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Take Us as We Are is an autobiographical performance that explores Romany Gypsy heritage and culture. Unapologetic and interrogative, the work is embellished by truth and takes nomadic form as it forces the public eye to consider Liza’s presence/female Gypsy presence. A thought-provoking performance with themes of family, pride, innocence and identity.

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In The Works - The 900 Club
Feb
10
12:00 PM12:00

In The Works - The 900 Club

The 900 Club is a spoken word theatre show that blends minimalistic theatre and Scottish performance poetry. Five years after the death of their friend, Emily, Avery, Fiona and Mac reunite to commemorate him. They take the 900 Megabus from Glasgow to Edinburgh, where there is no escaping old memories – hilarious, heartbreaking or otherwise.

Will take place on a Nottingham City Transport Bus - pickup point TBA

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Sunday Takeover at Dance4
Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Sunday Takeover at Dance4

Danni and Carise’s Alienate is a live performance piece exploring cyborg culture from a digital native perspective. Through choreography, sound and projection, Danni and Carise propose the notion that technology is the structure of cycles in nature and thus not bound to the digital realm.

Interval talk: Join young choreographer and computational artist Jake Walker, in conversation with Dance4 about the creation of his work, Library; exhibited at Dance4 during this event.

Konstantina Skalionta’s Land(e)scape invites you, the audience member, to share a journey through different landscapes, mindscapes and emotions. During the performance you will be invited to close your eyes, lie down, reposition or walk in the space in order to experience parts of it. You are free to decide to which extent you would like to follow these directions and therefore to choreograph your own experience in the performance.

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La Minima - Quiénes
Feb
10
4:30 PM16:30

La Minima - Quiénes

Quiénes is a delicate yet energetic contemporary dance piece for 3 dancers. Three people meet in an empty space and begin to create a relationship in which each of them learns from the others, developing a common language. Quiénes is

about how we join and separate to each other and how we maintain our stability.

No booking required.

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Diggery / Monica Tolia / Wilderness Hymnal / Oberon White
Feb
10
to Feb 11

Diggery / Monica Tolia / Wilderness Hymnal / Oberon White

Josh Leach’s synesthesia enables him to ‘see’ sound, so as Diggery, he will be ‘drawing’ live to UKYA alumni Think Thomas’ freestyle electronics. In BodySonics, Monica Tolia’s performance explores agency of the moving body in the machinic soundscape. Wilderness Hymnal’s live performances focus on transporting audiences and fostering an intense emotional connection through dynamic, immersive sound, projection and costume. Modern-day, queer shaman Oberon White takes us on a journey into the mysteries of history’s suppressed queer deity, Dionysos. Through a language of experimental electronic music, virtuosic vocals and original text, audiences are participants in a communal experience.

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LaPelle’s Factory - The Night Shift
Feb
11
10:00 AM10:00

LaPelle’s Factory - The Night Shift

From 10pm Sunday until 10am Monday, participants will be immersed in a 12 hour theatrical lock-in with ‘that weirdo theatre company’ LaPelle’s Factory. Over the 12 hours they will workshop and devise new performance to share, bleary-eyed, at 10am Monday morning.

So, as the 12-hour theatrical lock-in with LaPelle’s Factory comes to a close, kick-start your week with a world premier performance debut, created overnight… coffee, anyone?!

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Chiara Giardi - Corporeal Realities
Feb
11
3:30 PM15:30

Chiara Giardi - Corporeal Realities

Corporeal realities is a drawing performance which wanders in time and space. It is the artist’s journey of self-reflection, exploring her identity through the limits/contours of her own body. You are welcome to take a chalk, join the artist and start drawing your contours to explore your body in its dialogue with the other performers, the audience and the city.

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The Critical Collective - It’s a Wise Child
Feb
11
4:00 PM16:00

The Critical Collective - It’s a Wise Child

Annie is worried about her youngest, Rosa. Convinced she’s heading the same way as her dearest son Robbie - the ex-child prodigy who walked out to sea three years ago - she enlists the help of her eldest daughter, the highly intelligent, yet self-centred Rita. Realising her little sister’s issues may be genuine rather than melodrama after being asked the impossible, wannabe actress Rita begrudgingly takes a more unorthodox approach to avoid Rosa’s imminent emotional breakdown.

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Scuffed Shoes - Do As I Say, Not As I Do
Feb
11
6:00 PM18:00

Scuffed Shoes - Do As I Say, Not As I Do

This dance theatre show explores the fears, enjoyments and the little routines that sustain human relationships through the lens of unreliable memories. Partners who each want to come out on top, and a territorial struggle over bed space. This performance swings between the normal and the surreal as two sides of a couple do their best to express their relationship to you.

This performance incorporates Artistic Signing and Gesture.

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Dance Triple Bill - Bianca Hisse / Yu-Hsien Wu / Kim Geunyoung
Feb
11
8:00 PM20:00

Dance Triple Bill - Bianca Hisse / Yu-Hsien Wu / Kim Geunyoung

Hisse's pieces are focused on shifting the audience's perspectives on the human body and investigating possibilities of non-human forms. Yu-Hsien Wu’s Dirty Paw is a contemporary dance solo that explores the purity of movements, which are interconnected between animals and human beings. Kim Geunyoung is a choreographer and dancer whose work is based on emotions and cultures of Korean traditions as a way to explore new forms of dance.

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Maria Popova - Page 127: I am not a dancer
Feb
12
5:15 PM17:15

Maria Popova - Page 127: I am not a dancer

A body embedded in an abstracted sculptural surrounding, consumed by crisp white paper that is neither falling nor rising; time standing still. The atmosphere continuously shifting as an interplay between reality and imagination unfolds the work itself. Questions of the objective observer and the experience of time are provoked in this durational performance where the audience is free to come in and out of the work as they please.

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Double Bill - REIGN / JACK.
Feb
12
7:45 PM19:45

Double Bill - REIGN / JACK.

East Midlands based punk drag artist REIGN present their explosive new project, Butch Please!. Continuing their brand of political live art, durational and endurance practice and autobiographical drag performance, Butch Please! follows a queer identity struggling in a warped physical education class from the locker room to the gymnasium. Brace yourself for a class like any other that is suitable for mature young audiences and adults looking back at what we as queer people experience in education. See you on the court...

JACK.’s Burning Fags is a live performance that explores the nature of childhood nostalgia, ritualistic behaviours and conservative British towns. JACK. is a performance maker, lip-sync artist and immersive theatre performer queerly eyeing up the subjects of capitalism, conservatism and cabaret.

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