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Wales Dance Platform 2014     

Wales Dance Platform 2014

Weekend of contemporary dance at Chapter, Sherman Cymru and Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, June 27-29, 2014 with £1,000 award for the most eye-catching and innovative work of the Platform

Led by Creu Cymru, the development agency for theatres and arts centres in Wales, independent choreographers from across Wales will gather in Cardiff in June to share their work with audiences and fellow artists in a three-day showcase of work.

Wales Dance Platform (WDP2014) will present more than 30 choreographers, photographers and film-makers across Cardiff’s major dance venues: Chapter, Sherman Cymru and Wales Millennium Centre. The three-day event will take place from Friday to Sunday, June 27 to 29 with weekend, one-day and individual show tickets available.

With such a stimulating spectacle of new work, WDP2014 will raise the profile and public appreciation of independent contemporary dance in Wales and strengthen the relationship between choreographers and theatre presenters.

The Platform’s Creative Producers are Roy Campbell-Moore and Ann Sholem. As Campbell-Moore said, “The format of the Platform is designed to show the full spectrum of independent work from Wales’ vibrant dance scene and the ‘speed-dating’ nature of short snappy presentations should entertain and entrance audiences who will see finished and experimental work, work made for children and photography and video installations. All the work is self- selected by the choreographers giving them a chance to have total control over what they present.’

To enable critical debate about the work, WDP2014 will include a critics’ forum to discuss the work, styles of dance writing and reviewing. The critics attending the weekend will also use new social media including Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and blogging to widen the conversation with artists and the public.

At the conclusion of the Platform a team of critics and presenters will present a new award of £1,000 for the most ‘eye catching and innovative’ work of the weekend. The award is donated by husband and wife team, Roy Campbell-Moore and Ann Sholem who are working on new creative projects since leaving National Dance Company Wales which they founded and built into an award-winning, international flagship arts organisation.

Sholem explained, “Roy and I are making this award as recognition for the huge effort and creativity expended by independent choreographers to create new work. This is an opportunity for us to reward and recognise a talented artist who does not have the support and resources of a dance company behind them, helping them build their reputation and make more work in the future.

“We’re excited by the choreographers who have submitted to present on the Platform this year and it’s going to be an exhilarating weekend of stimulation and challenge.”

Deborah Keyser, Creu Cymru Director also said, "Creu Cymru is delighted to be collaborating with three of our member venues in Cardiff to produce the second Wales Dance Platform. The independent dance scene in Wales is flourishing, and the Platform represents an opportunity for artists from across the nation to present their work - as well as for programmers from Wales and beyond to engage with dance being made here and now. Our own successful Dance Buddy scheme (partnering independent artists with venues) is an important part of the picture - and we hope the Platform will nurture a range of new relationships between practitioners and presenters."

WDP 2014 will take place as Cardiff prepares to host British Dance Edition 2016, the UK dance industry’s leading showcase event, which will be jointly hosted from March 17 to 20, 2016 by the Cardiff Consortium consisting of Coreo Cymru, Wales Millennium Centre, National Dance Company Wales, Chapter Arts Centre and Sherman Cymru.

The biennial event and initiative of the National Dance Network, is renowned for presenting the best of British dance to promoters and producers from the UK and across the globe. The 2016 event will consist of performances by leading UK dance artists, companies and choreographers, and will offer networking opportunities, trade fairs and social events across key theatre venues in the Cardiff Consortium, who will be working together, led by Coreo Cymru, to create a dynamic and diverse high quality platform that inspires exchange, debate and new partnerships.

Carole Blade from Coreo Cymru said: “Hosting British Dance Edition represents an unprecedented occasion in the Cardiff performing arts calendar with up to 350 delegates expected to attend the four day event which will showcase up to 40 UK dance companies and artists.

Supporting and nurturing independent dance artists in Wales is at the heart of Coreo Cymru’s work and it is terrific that so many choreographers have submitted work for the dance platform. With British Dance Edition coming to Cardiff for the first time in 2016, focussing the dance industry’s attention on talent here in Wales, I hope Wales Dance Platform will be a catalyst for the creation of new works that could become part of what is presented in two years’ time.”

For the full Wales Dance Platform programme at each of the three venues and ticket information visit www.walesdanceplatform.co.uk or visit www.facebook.com/walesdance and follow Wales Dance Platform on Twitter @dancewales
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