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2005 brings Cardiff’s first ever dance festival and it’s no small event. Between the 19th May and the 18th June across five Cardiff venues, Chapter, The New Theatre, The new Diversion’s Dance House, The Sherman Theatre and the Wales Millennium Centre, 12 dance companies from across the world will take part in the first ever fantastic festival of dance. The exciting factor in this festival is that all forms of dance performance will be represented; large scale ballet right through to physical dance theatre – it’s all there!

Cardiff has built up a flourishing dance scene but it is not an art form that is well known in Wales. To draw attention to the high quality of dance available, Cardiff Dance Festival 2005 profiles an eclectic mix of high quality productions encouraging audiences to journey through the variety of dance styles on offer.

Welsh Independent Dance
at Chapter 19-22 May and 14-18 June (Box Office 02920 304400)
Two adventurous programmes of vibrant and varied contemporary dance, ideal for a first time dance audience and a real treat for dance fans.

The festival opens with the ever-popular DANCE BYTES programme where Wales-based choreographers stage the final stage of development of their latest batch of experimental works. WID’s touring programme TRIPLE EXPOSURE features new commissions for six dancers, from critically acclaimed British choreographer Charlotte Vincent. A guaranteed captivating and visually stunning experience.

Northern Ballet Theatre – La Traviata
at the New Theatre 24-28 May (Box Office 02920 878889)
South African choreographer Veronica Paeper re-stages her elegant and touching interpretation for UK audiences and the Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra play Verdi’s wonderful moving score in this heartrending portrayal of intimate family tensions and the devastating pain of love.

Diversions, the Dance Company of Wales
at Diversions Dance House 26-28 May ( Box Office 087 0040 2000 or 02920 304400)
ALTERNATIVE ROUTES 2005 a daring and distinctive ‘second season’ of new work created by three emerging and talented choreographers. With twelve Diversions’ dancers and three exciting designers from the Royal Welsh Collage of Music and Drama involved, this is a chance to see some of the brightest and best new talent around.
17 June
DANCE HOUSE CELEBRATION -This celebratory event combines a pre-show talk, a post show ‘meet the company’ and two productions from recent tours. This really is a one-off chance to mingle with the dancers and choreographers in their creative base. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to peek backstage at Diversions in their new space.

Earthfall – AT SWIM TWO BOYS
at Chapter 8-11, 14-18 June
Inspired by Jamie O’Neill’s award-winning novel about the developing love between two teenage boys. Earthfall at their most extreme, emotionally and physically; with live music, film and breathtaking choreography.

at Chapter 6+7 June
A powerful and highly disciplined performance from leading innovators in North American and European dance. The piece considers our place in a damaged world and our aptitude for repairing it.

at Diversions Dance House 12+13 June
A SELL OUT HIT FROM THE International Festival of Buenos Aires 2003.

Toni Mira - Loft
at Diversions Dance House 14+15 June
Barcelona’s leading choreographer/performer returns to Wales with his latest solo hit show. A winner of several prestigious international awards, LOFT has been seen all across Europe, Russia and South America.

at The Sherman Theatre 16 June (Box Office 02920 646900)
Join ten brilliant young dancers, performing work by some of the most engaging dance makers on the international contemporary scene, as they take their first steps into the professional dance arena.

at Diversions Dance House 18 June
A darkly comic and emotional duet. Deadpan and damaged identical twins recount the tales of deranged mums, of violent cities, of memory and finding love in the most peculiar of places.

Ursula Mawson-Raffait – LIKE WATCHING PAINT DRY
at Chapter 23-25 June
A mesmerising performance installation which allows you to experience a captivating visual art environment animated by a powerful solo dance.

The Australian Ballet – SWAN LAKE
at Wales Millennium Centre 13-16 July (Box Office 08700 40 2000)
Tchaikovsky’s classic tale of love and betrayal becomes a story of passionate obsession in this stunning ballet.
“…exhilarating, absorbing, technically demanding and theatrically seductive.” Sydney Morning Herald

The most comprehensive experience of Welsh and International dance ever experienced in Cardiff! Fantastic for dance! Fantastic for Wales!

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Michael Kelligan
Tuesday, May 10, 2005back



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