Theatre in Wales

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Chapter eListings week of Fri 14 - Thur 20th February 2003     

Fri 14 ­ Sun 16 Feb_8pm
Carlson Dance
Ella G.
Carlson Dance Company present their latest theatrical extravaganza, Ella G. ­ a beautiful and poetic live performance following last year¹s Terminal that toured all across Wales. Ella G. mixes frivolous entertainment with hints of Polish folk dance and heart-breaking revelations. A theatrical epic that delves into the ritual of celebration, awkward family gatherings and fragmented memory. Featuring a cast of six performers and live music with Carlson Dance regular, James Williams, Ella G. is a production that is entertaining, thought-provoking and funny.
Performed by Belinda Neave, Bert van Gorp, Emma Carlson, Siobhan Maguire, Ian Payne, Dirk Lambrecht, James Williams.
Feb 14 Feb
Valentine¹s Night special
See the opening premiere performance on Valentine¹s night, and join the Company for a free glass of wine afterwards.

Throughout February
Burst Theatre: Restless Space
An exploration of new ways of looking at forgotten city spaces through performance, video, writing and photography. Vacant offices, empty shops, bus stands and warehouses all become part of a series of impromptu and planned performance. E-mail for more details.

Iau 13 - Sad 15 Chwef
Sgript Cymru
Sgript Xplosire!
Gwlad Ewropeaidd? European Home? heimat Ma Vlast. Homeland. Mamwlad.
A mini festival themed around questions of identity with a programme of workshops and discussions for playwrights, theatre makers and audiences.
Details of free events and workshops for writers ring 029 20236650
The week also features three play readings of work in development with Sgript Cymru

Thur 13 Feb_8.30pm
Blow City Rollers by John Blake
A bunch of Valley's lads go on a bender to Amsterdam in this fast, funny and raucous look at prejudice and identity in the new Europe.

Gwe 14 Chwef_8.30
Theatr Ryfedd, Stori Drist gan Sera Moore Williams
Drama sy¹n dwyn yn greadigol ar dueddiadau presennol ym myd perfformio Ewropeaidd. Yn ymdrin â thrawsnewidiad corfforol ac emosiynol, dilyna hanes teimladwy taith merch ifanc yn dioddef o anorecsia. Cyfle i weld drama ar droed ­ yn gweithio tuag at berfformiad aml-gyfryngol gan awdur beiddgar Mab.

Sat 15 Feb _8.30
Reading: Knuckle Down by Penny Simpson
Lorcan is caught between two cultures; his Roma family¹s world of bare knuckle fighting and horse fairs, and the world of his teacher, a refugee from Eastern Europe, who offers a way out of the ring by teaching him to read. When he accidentally kills a fellow fighter, he is plunged into a new world where the rules are even harsher and his books and his teacher become matters of life and death.

Special Offer - See all 3 for £5 (includes subscription to Sgript Cymru's Newsletter.

UK Premiere
Thurs 20 - Fri 21 Feb_8pm_Iau 20 -
Jan Fabre Company (Belgium)
My Movements are Alone Like Streetdogs

Every so often a performance arrives that changes the way we see theatre. With its own particular mix of alchemy, eroticism and intellect, this is an exhilarating, angry fifty-minutes of theatre that refuses to be left alone. A dance theatre piece for one actor, a dog and a set with three dog corpses. Featuring music by the vitriolic French singer Leo Ferre, the Pixies, a text by Georges Brassens and a sensational performance by the Argentinian dancer Valeria Garré, My Movements are Alone Like Streetdogs is one of the latest performances by the enfant-terrible of European theatre, Jan Fabre. Since the mid-1980s, Fabre has carved an explosive path across opera houses, ballet groups and experimental theatre across Europe, with his provocative stagings that attempt both to seduce and repel with an unrelenting force. A mixture of carnival and funereal that abuses and comforts by the grace of its own dark poetry.

UK Premiere
Mon 24 - Tues 25 Feb_8pm_Lun 24 - Mar 25
Raiz di Polon (Cape Verde)
CV Matrix 25
"The muted speech of farmers
is where I spell out bitterness
so I can sow my seeds
for there to be abundance."

"Times have changed, and I as well have changed."

CV Matrix is a striking, haunting and beautifully performed dance, theatre and music piece that follows a story of a Kreole who left his farm due to the droughts and became a road constructor far away. It expresses deeply a story of emigration that so much affects the islands of Cape Verde, either due to the droughts or a historical precedent from the trade and slavery routes. Using the sounds and rhythms played live on stage of the tradtional island instruments, such as the "pilon", the "colexa", "ferrinho", "buzios", "selafon" and "cavaguinho", CV Matrix is a saga of a whole nation told through music and dance: a story of those who left their homes and those who stayed behind. CV Matrix features 6 performers joined by the singer songwriter of the internationally acclaimed world music group Simentera.
Mon 24 Feb_Llun 24
Post show talk with members of the company

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