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Wales Dance Platform 2015     

Wales Dance Platform 2015 There has been a huge response from dance artists to take part in the third Wales Dance Platform, which will be held in Cardiff and Newport this summer.


The three days of performances, films/videos, exhibitions and installations will take place at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff; Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and The Riverfront, Newport from June 26 to 28.

WDP is an open event: where all professional work submitted that meets the criteria will be included and those submissions are now being scheduled for the popular weekend when dance artists share their ideas, works in progress and finished choreography. The Platform’s creative producers are Ann Sholem and Roy Campbell-Moore.

The aim of the Platform is to present Wales-relevant, independent professional dance artists, to raise the profile of the art form with the public, strengthen relationships between artists and presenters, and enhance critical debate. Creu Cymru (the development agency for theatres and arts centres in Wales) is the producer of Wales Dance Platform, working closely with, Chapter, Cardiff; The Riverfront, Newport; Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff; Coreo Cymru, and Dance Buddy (Creu Cymru’s the artist-venue partnering scheme).

A priority for 2015 will be to provide a springboard for artists in advance of the networking opportunities that will be offered by British Dance Edition, which comes to Wales in March 2016.

News of the enthusiastic response from independent dance artists across Wales comes at the same time as Chapter and Coreo Cymru announce the securing of Lottery funding from the Arts Council of Wales to continue the Creative Producer for dance in Wales programme for a further two years.

The programme includes the highly regarded industry focused showcase British Dance Edition, hosted in Wales for the first time in March 2016, at Chapter, Wales Millennium Centre, Riverfront Theatre and National Dance Company of Wales’s Dance House.


To support this major event a commissioning programme will be developed to produce a number of fully commissioned touring works with the aim of presenting them at the showcase and venues across Wales.


Carole Blade, Creative Producer for Coreo Cymru, said: “WDP has become a highlight within the Wales dance calendar. It brings our artists together to share and support each other’s work and provides an ideal opportunity to raise our collective profile, not just in Wales but beyond.” She continued: “It’s also a fantastic opportunity for the partner venues to work together in the run up to British Dance Edition.”

Creu Cymru Director, Deborah Keyser, said that the 2014 Platform presented 30 Wales-relevant choreographers in a programme of 40 events, including performance, film, exhibitions, seminars, meetings and talks. With over 75 performers and artistic collaborators, the Platform drew more than 1,500 people to see the work, and created many new contacts and professional links.

Ann Sholem said: “This year we have seen an even greater response from professional Wales-based dance artists wanting to take part. The Platform is all about the artists: it’s self-selecting, so every eligible entry will be included. Alongside choreographers and performers, we will have work from dance photographers and film-makers as well as a forum for dance writers.”

Deborah Keyser said: “We have a wealth of independent dance artists in Wales, producing an incredible variety of work – Wales Dance Platform is about celebrating and showcasing that flourishing scene. With so many strong and varied submissions we know that audiences will enjoy a rich range of activity over the weekend – from the passionate to the hilarious, from the explosive to the contemplative, from family and young people’s performances to films and exhibitions.”

This year’s platform will be at Friday 26 June Wales Millennium Centre on Friday, June 26,

Chapter on Saturday, June 27 and the action moves to The Riverfront, Newport on Sunday June 28. There will be transport available between Cardiff and Newport on the Sunday.

Information about WDP2015 is available at the www.walesdanceplatform.co.uk website, and the full schedule for each venue will be available on this site in May.

Tickets will be on sale from May from each of the venues and day and weekend passes will also be available. There will be direct booking links to each venue from www.walesdanceplatform.co.uk
 
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