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Festival attracts performers from all over the world; ENTERTAINMENT: Arts centre showcases dance, music and theatre improvisations.

Byline: By Marion McMullen THEATRE WRITER

MORE than 120 performers from all over the world are heading to Coventry for a festival special.

They will be delivering unscripted shows in front of city audiences as part of a four-day showcase celebrating the best in improvisation.

Shifti - a short festival of improvisation - is being held at Warwick Arts Centre and nearby venues from Thursday, January 5 and features performers from London, American, Holland, Spain and Kazakhstan.

The performers range from a hit comedy duo to a women's theatre ensemble and on offer will be jazz score improvisations, children's shows, an interactive adults-only version of the sexy La Ronde and workshops for budding improvisational artists.

Festival director Chris Johnston said: "These are risk-taking adventurous performances in dance, music and theatre that offer the audience an escape from a passive viewing experience."

The festival is expected to attract traditional fans of improvisation as well as first-timers and promises to deliver a collection of one-off, unrepeatable performances.

The event offer music, dance and theatre from all over the world and Coventry and Warwickshire performers will be represented in Defenceless.

Jon Tipton, from Coventry's Shysters, Derek Nisbet from Talking Birds, Oliver Scott from Mercurial Dance and Ajay Dattani from BBC Silver Street will be offering an evening of inventive improvisation described as "an exciting show which definitely won't be what you expect".

Festival information and tickets available from 024 7652 4524.

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ONE-OFF PERFORMANCES... Festival-goers can look forward to seeing Impromptu Theatre from Holland (above), German performer Sten Rudstrom (right) and (below) Art and Shock from Kazakhstan.
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Date:Jan 2, 2006
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