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How Like An Angel

Circa & I Fagiolini

UK Premiere

Fusing Circa’s exhilarating brand of contemporary circus with the exquisite sound of I Fagiolini’s singing, How Like An Angel celebrated the beauty and grandeur of four stunning English cathedrals.

**** ‘…their extraordinary lifts and the tableaux they create seem to defy the laws of both biology and physics. The magic comes when music and bodies align.’ The Times 

‘Voices soar to the music of Thomas Tallis and Orlando Gibbons as bodies fall, tumbling down rippling silks and hurtling down ropes at reckless speeds.’ The Guardian 

**** ‘the acrobats, in their constant pushing against gravity, were aspiring towards the angelic bodiless nature of the voices.’ The Telegraph 

Produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival in association with Circa and I Fagiolini.

Commissioned by London 2012 Festival.


Robert Wilson

UK Premiere

Set at Holkham Estate, Walking was a major collaboration between Norwich & Norwich Festival and internationally acclaimed American director/artist Robert Wilson in collaboration with Theun Mosk and Boukje Schweigman. Part walk, part theatrical experience and punctuated by gigantic architectural installations.

**** ‘it’s theatre, but not as we know it’ The Telegraph

**** ‘Here, we are all performers on a stage, directed by an artistic vision we don’t quite comprehend, forced into ways of seeing – and being – we would never contemplate in the rush of everyday life.’ The Guardian

Commissioned Norfolk & Norwich Festival and London 2012 Festival. Produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

100% Norfolk

Rimini Protokoll

UK premiere

A show about the population of Norfolk… starring the population of Norfolk. Featuring 100 ordinary Norfolk folk, 100% Norfolk created a living, breathing spectacle, a portrait of who we are and the place we live.


Dinosaur Petting Zoo


Erth brought its unique Dinosaur Petting Zoo all the way from Australia, making trips to schools and venues around the county; giving residents of Norfolk the chance to get up close and personal with a dinosaur.

‘It’s a rare and pleasurable work that manages technical brilliance, cultural insight and enchantment all in one go’ Sydney Morning Herald


All 2012 companies & artists

Classical Music

  • Aurora Orchestra
  • Barnaby Archer
  • Berlin Symphony Orchestra
  • Bow Down
  • Britten Sinfonia
  • Christina Ortiz
  • Ensemble Matisse
  • Escher Quartet
  • Festival Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Inner City Brass Quintet
  • Ji Liu
  • La Mer Trio
  • Rupert Charlesworth & Edwige Herchenroder
  • Spira Mirabilis
  • The Sixteen
  • Trilogy Clarinet Quartet


  • Bo Nanafana Social Club
  • Dan Zanes & Friends
  • Erth Visual & Physical Inc
  • Kid Carpet & Theatre Bristol
  • TPO Company

Free Outdoor

  • Bureau of Silly Ideas
  • Close-Act
  • Compagnie Daad
  • Company Chameleon
  • Company FF
  • Dans La Poche
  • De Stijle Want
  • Delinus
  • Erth Visual and Physical Inc
  • Flying Buttresses
  • Live Art Collective East & Leslie Hill & Chris Dobrowski
  • Mimbre
  • Shay Horay
  • Stuff ‘n Things
  • The Insect Circus
  • The Strangelings


  • Beta
  • Circa/I Fagiolini
  • Compagnie XY
  • Fabulous Beast & Liam Ó Maonlaí
  • Hannah Jane Walker & Chris Thorpe
  • Little Bulb Theatre
  • National Theatre of Scotland
  • Opera North Projects
  • Quarantine & Company Fierce
  • Requardt & Rosenberg
  • Rimini Protokoll
  • Robert Wilson
  • Schweigman&
  • The Paper Cinema
  • Tim Crouch
  • Time Circus
  • Zachary Oberzan

Visual Arts

  • Battle of the Eyes
  • Bill Viola
  • Chritian Eisenberger
  • Gregor Hylla & Velena Popova

Contemporary Music

  • Afrocubism
  • Balaclava Kid &Dad
  • Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal
  • Bombino
  • Dan Tombs
  • Duane Eddy
  • Festival Jazz Boat
  • Gangpol Und Mit
  • Imagined Village
  • Jerry Dammers’ Spatial aka Orchestra
  • Nathan Fake & Luke Abbott
  • Nell Bryden
  • Nigel Kennedy Quintet
  • R.O.K
  • Robert Glasper Experiment
  • The Voice Project
  • TV Buddhas
  • Vusi Mahlasela
  • Yacht
  • Zara McFarlane
  • Zun Zun Equi

Festival Feast

  • Bureau of Silly Ideas
  • Company FF
  • Dinosaur Petting Zoo
  • Hound of the Buskervilles
  • Ragrood Dance Theatre Company
  • Rimski
  • Stuff ‘n Things
  • Wet Picnic


Presented in association with Writers’ Centre Norwich

  • Alain de Botton
  • Alan Moore
  • Carol Ann Duffy
  • Iain Sinclair
  • Mimi Khalvati
  • Nick Laird
  • Partaw Naderi
  • Reza Mohammadi
  • Ron Wyman
  • Sarah Maguire
  • Shakila Azizzada
  • Tribunal 12
  • Zachary Oberzan

The Adnams Spiegeltent

  • Bo Nanafana Social Club
  • Bob Log III
  • Bourgeois & Maurice
  • Bryony Kimmings
  • Flick Ferdinando
  • Ida Barr
  • II Pixel Rosso
  • Juju
  • Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals
  • Lau
  • Lili Scala
  • Peasant
  • Ragroof Theatre
  • Ralph Carney
  • Sam Amidon
  • Stuff ‘n Things
  • The Bevvy Sisters
  • The Boy With Tape on His Face
  • The Dr Teeth Big Band
  • The Handsome Family
  • The Insect Circus Museum
  • The Loveboat Big Band
  • The Magic Number
  • The Sweetbeats
  • The Vagaband
  • The Wau Wau Sisters
  • Tina C.
  • Trembling Bells
  • Valentina & Voces Del Sur

Arts make life better

Norfolk & Norwich Festival brings tens of thousands of people together in celebration – it has been doing this for 250 years. Through our May Festival and our year-round arts education work, focusing on children and young people, we lead and support celebration, creativity and curiosity in communities across Norfolk and the region.

This year we begin an exciting new initiative, Festival Connect & Create that will bring creative opportunities to those schools and communities with least provision. Creativity transforms people’s lives. It builds cohesive communities, develops vital skills and supports health and wellbeing. We want more people to have access to creative opportunities.

Please consider donating to support and develop this work. With your help we can increase access to the life changing power of the arts.

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