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Watch This Space

Posted on June 1, 2012

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For something a bit different, catch an unusual – and risky – Argentine tango performance, Polar, on June 4–5 at National Theatre Watch This Space Festival. 

France’s Cie Bilbobasso return to dance the Argentine tango in flames, in a show that tells the story of a woman trying to escape the clutches of a killer, combining street theatre, dance, silent film and music.

The annual Watch This Space Festival will showcase the best of national and international outdoor performance from June 1 to September 9, with work from world-renowned companies including NoFit State Circus, Cirque Bijou, Ockham’s Razor, the Burntout Punks and WildWorks. 

To mark the Jubilee weekend, Ida Barr leads the way on June 4–5 with an army of elderly ladies offering Tea and Sympathy, while her Jubilee Mash-Up is an eclectic mix of musical genres as local choirs raise their voices in a singalong-hip-hop-right-royal-knees-up. Or spend both bank holidays tripping the light fantastic yourself to A Jubilee Tea Dance with Shelley van Loen and the Palm Court Strings. 

web-photographer_ludo_des_cognets_2011Other June highlights include the London premiere of Barricade by NoFit State Circus (June 21–23), a maelstrom of high-skill aerial and acrobatics with a brand new live score from the Immortal Orchestra. 

From circus performers, musicians and street theatre entertainers; tap dancers, street dancers, ballroom dancers and contemporary dancers; jugglers, acrobats, aerialists and hula hoopers; hairdressers, DJs, VJs and pyrotechnics, the 15th year of Watch This Space Festival promises to be bigger, bolder and brasher than ever. 

Watch This Space is part of the National Theatre Inside Out summer events programme for 2012. A day-by-day programme for the Watch This Space Festival is available online at


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Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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