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National Dance Company Wales’ Autumn tour, Roots, will feature four short, sharp dances     

National Dance Company Wales’ Autumn tour, Roots, will feature four short, sharp dances · Performances in Llanelli, Cardiff, Cardigan, Abergavenny, Blackwood and Mold, in November and December
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National Dance Company Wales’ Autumn tour 2017, entitled Roots, will form both an ideal introduction to contemporary dance and a dazzling display of some of the world’s best dancers and choreographers at the very top of their game. It will take in six venues across Wales in November and December.

Roots will incorporate four short dance pieces telling four distinct stories, offering a breadth of styles in one programme. The tour’s evening performances will also include discussions and anecdotes from the Company’s artists.

· The Company’s Artistic Director, Caroline Finn, presents Beside Himself. Exploring how the ego and alter ego can exist side by side, this funny and touching duet results in a brutal power struggle. Having won the 2010 Copenhagen International Choreography Competition Production Prize, Caroline returned to Copenhagen in 2011 where she conceived this piece. It was originally entitled Beside Myself and was about a woman. This time, it’s about a man.

· Animatorium is another Caroline Finn creation. In it, a troupe of characters are brought to life and controlled by their charming yet sinister Master - but for how long? A characteristically theatrical piece by the NDCWales’ Artistic Director.

· Lee Johnston’s They Seek to Find the Happiness They Seem is a heart-wrenching duet, set to music by Max Richter. A jigsaw puzzle of reconfigured snippets from classic love stories and famous dance partnerships like Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, this piece focuses on the theme of dislocation and separation within a relationship. Its title is inspired by a lyric in Irving Berlin’s Cheek to Cheek.

· Omertà by Matteo Marfoglia is a moving and powerful piece about the role of women in Italian Mafia society, and their route to freedom. It was originally created for Alternative Routes 2014, NDCWales’ choreographic platform for its company of dancers, and earlier this year won the Coreografia d'Autore by Grand Prix de Sicilie.

All four dance pieces will be performed by NDCWales’ core dancers; Àngela Boix Duran, Ed Myhill, Elena Thomas, Robert Bridger, Camille Giraudeau, Cyril Durand-Gasselin and student apprentice dancer Marine Tournet.

Caroline Finn joined NDCWales in September 2015 as its new Artistic Director. Her first creation for the Company, Folk, toured the UK and internationally in 2016. She subsequently created Animatorium, a versatile piece which can be performed outdoors and in unusual spaces, and which premiered at Green Man festival in 2016. A winner of the Matthew Bourne New Adventures Choreographer Award 2014, she created a new work entitled Bloom for Phoenix Dance Theatre in 2015. As a dancer, Finn performed with Ballet Theater Munich under the direction of Philip Taylor; Ballet Preljocaj (France); Compagnie Carolyn Carlson (France); Jochen Heckmann and Johanna Richter.

They Seek To Find The Happiness They Seem is Lee Johnston’s second work for the repertoire of NDCWales. Other credits include Purlieus, which was a World Stage Design 2013 finalist and voted a Telegraph Top 15 highlight. Both works were brought into NDCWales’s repertoire whilst Lee was House Choreographer in 2014. Before her current role as Rehearsal Director for NDCWales, Lee was Rehearsal Director for Sydney Dance Company, under the artistic direction of Rafael Bonachela. Highlights of her 10-year performance career include working with Christopher Bruce, Stephen Petronio, Ohad Naharin and Nigel Charnock, and touring extensively throughout Wales, Europe, and Australia.

Matteo Marfoglia is a former dancer of NDCWales and now a Dance Artist based in Cardiff. He started his choreographic career in 2010 through the platform Dansers Maken run by Introdans (Netherlands) where he created Just A Breath, which won second prize at the Certamen Internacional de Coreografìa Burgos-New York, and Left Behind in 2011. After joining NDCWales in 2012, he returned to making his own work later via Alternative Routes, (NDCWales’ annual choreographic platform) and he continued to develop his approaches to choreography, playing with different techniques and involving other new artforms. His work includes Crossing Paths, Desensitized and Crossword. Matteo was recently given a OneDanceUK award as part of their mentorship programme, and was recognised as a future leader in British Dance.

NDCWales’ Artistic Director, Caroline Finn said: “We are so thrilled to bring this exciting programme of new and existing works to venues across Wales; even more so because the works have been created by artists who are such an intrinsic part of the Company. These four short, sharp pieces will really give audiences a chance to experience the many different flavours of what contemporary dance can be, and the evening will be topped and tailed by discussions with our audiences, giving them an idea of what they can expect and a chance to reflect on what they saw, ask questions and talk to the dancers too. It's the perfect evening for anyone who's completely new to dance as well as for seasoned dance-goers!”

More information about the Roots tour can be found on NDCWales’ website at
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Catrin Rogers
Wednesday, October 11, 2017back



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