festival: bite 99

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Last year's inaugural Barbican International Theatre Event (Bite) garnered a clutch of Olivier-award nominations and this year's line-up of dance, drama and music theatre could spell the same success. The season gets off to a flying start with Streb, the gravity-defying New York dance company, which heads an impressive dance programme, including the Martha Graham and Twyla Tharp (right) Dance Companies. In the drama section, Dublin's Gate Theatre present a feast of Samuel Beckett featuring the playwright's entire theatre works, while a collaboration with the London International Festival of Theatre (Lift) presents French drama and German music theatre. In all, Bite offers work from eight countries, including 10 UK and London premieres, more than enough to get your teeth into.

Barbican, London EC2 (0171-638 8891) from Wed until 9 October

Sharon Gethings