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NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY WALES LAUNCHES NEW SPRING SEASON WITH UK COMPANY PREMIERE OF ACCLAIMED WORK BY JOHAN INGER     

NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY WALES LAUNCHES NEW SPRING SEASON WITH UK COMPANY PREMIERE OF ACCLAIMED WORK BY JOHAN INGER 3 February 2015 Cardiff: National Dance Company Wales will launch its new Spring Season this month with a UK Company premiere at its home, the Dance House at Wales Millennium Centre (13 / 14 February, 7.30pm). Performing Walking Mad by Johan Inger as part of a triple bill of international work, NDCWales will be the first UK Company to present and tour the work by the internationally acclaimed Swedish choreographer, continuing its commitment to bring work to the stage that is not generally seen in the UK.



Inger created Walking Mad for Netherlands Dance Theatre in 2001 and received the Lucas Hoving Award for Best Production and the Danza & Danza Award. Set to Maurice Ravel’s Boléro and Arvo Pärt’s Für Aline it is a 20 minute piece for nine dancers, incorporating humour, physicality and a mixture of mesmerising group work alongside duets. A large wall surrounds the set which dancers manipulate and navigate, climbing and hanging from it and using doors to exit and enter the dance space. Its theatricality has seen the work endure through the past decade, whilst continuing to inspire audiences and dancers alike.



NDCWales' new Artistic Director Gustavo Ramírez Sansano said, "It is a real pleasure to see this unique work of Johan's featured as part of the Company's spring season. I have a long held personal connection with the work, having been a dancer for NDT at the time it was created, so it is particularly meaningful to see it performed by a UK company for the first time, as I embark on my own journey with NDCWales"



Inger is a prolific and celebrated choreographer on the international dance scene; particularly well known for his time as Artistic Director of the legendary Cullberg Ballet, and Netherlands Dance Theatre where he remains an Associate Choreographer. Over the last five weeks NDCWales has opened up a series of weekly Friday afternoon Open Rehearsals offering audiences the chance to get even closer to the work, by seeing it in progress, as well as the opportunity to talk directly to the dancers as well as Carl Inger, Johan’s brother, who has been running the rehearsal period with the Company.



As part of the triple bill, NDCWales will also perform Tuplet, choreographed by another leading European talent Alexander Ekman, largely considered one of the most exciting artists currently creating work on the international contemporary dance scene. NDCWales featured Tuplet as the main work on their autumn season, and continue to be the first and only British company to bring the work of this prolific choreographer to the UK stage.



Ekman’s Tuplet, originally created for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, displays all the trademark elements of his work; fast paced timing, alongside innovative use of sound and composition and witty humour. Tuplet is a swift, pulsating, eighteen-minute tour-de-force for six dancers using a score created in collaboration with their own rhythmic impulses and employing their bodies as percussion instruments. This soundscape is integrated with original electronic music composed by Mikael Karlsson. The composition bounces back and forth between live body sounds of the dancers and the recorded score in combinations of irrational rhythms and groupings, to stunning visual and aural effect.



The third work of the triple bill is Stephen Shropshire’s Mythology; a meticulously crafted work featuring powerful group movement sequences, brilliantly constructed to mind boggling detail and set to an avant-garde composition for piano, jazz ensemble and spoken word. Mythology has featured as part of the Company’s repertory for the last two years and continues to be a strong favourite with audiences.



Following the launch in Cardiff, the Company will embark on a tour to Llandudno, Llanelli, Mold, Aberystwyth, Milford Haven and Leeds, featuring triple and quadruple bills from their current repertoire, including additional works, Purlieus and They Seek to Find the Happiness they Seem, by Lee Johnston.

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