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Stories of rugby, mining communities and passionate love affairs lie at the heart of National Dance Company Wales’ new Roots tour this Autumn     

Stories of rugby, mining communities and passionate love affairs lie at the heart of National Dance Company Wales’ new Roots tour this Autumn Freshly returned from supporting Wales’ Rugby World Cup squad in Japan performing its new rugby-themed work, National Dance Company Wales prepares to score its next winning goal; to ensure that its work can be enjoyed by all people, in all of Wales, so that everyone across the nation can feel welcome and inspired to try contemporary dance and experience the magic of movement.
Roots showcases four of the company’s favourite pieces made in Wales, including one by Swansea raised choreographer Anthony Matsena. Each is short and dynamic and tells a unique story through dance; exploring relatable themes of Welsh life and culture. Thought provoking and light-hearted, the performances and discussion are designed for audiences of all ages to enjoy. Each dance piece is introduced to help everyone find their own meanings within the stories and followed by a Q&A session to share behind the scenes secrets of the choreographers and dancers. The four short works included in the evening include:
A brand-new piece of work entitled Codi, by Swansea’s Anthony Matsena is about Welsh people who come together to tackle isolation and depression during troubled times, inspired by miners and their families. It’s an energetic and uplifting dance about the strength of communities.
Rygbi: Annwyl i mi / Dear to me by NDCWales Artistic Director Fearghus Ó Conchúir celebrates rugby in Wales and highlights the hopes, glory and passion of rallying together on and off the pitch. Rygbi was created with input from rugby fans and players across Wales so that the dance truly echoes the sport.
Écrit by Nikita Goile was inspired by a letter from iconic artist Frida Kahlo to her partner Diego. The clever duet is performed by a female dancer and a giant silhouette of her lover. A beautiful power struggle that reflects the ups and downs of passionate relationships.
Why Are People Clapping!? by Ed Myhill is set to composer Steve Reich’s Clapping Music and uses rhythm as a driving force. The dancers use lively movement and clapping to create a soundtrack for the fun and dynamic dance.
The Roots tour is part of a 4 year programme to develop dance in new places across Wales supported by a grant from the Esmée Fairburn Foundation.
Building on the success of last year’s tour, NDCWales embarks on an extended run this year visiting venues in Caernarfon, Mold, Pwllheli, Aberdyfi, Narbeth, Ystradgynlais, Blackwood and Cardiff throughout November.
As part of the Roots programme, there will be over 40 workshops delivered to primary and high school children, refugee groups, dance and theatre groups, groups for older people and the general public, so that they can learn more about the dance pieces and some of the movements from the performances. Some of the groups will be able to perform their work on the night before the show in Cardiff and Pwllheli.
Tickets are now on sale for Roots 2019 at Theatr Clwyd (Mold) 7-8 November 7.45pm; Dance House (Cardiff) 12-14 November 7.30pm and 13 November 1pm; Blackwood Miners’ Institute (Blackwood) 19 November 7.30pm; The Welfare (Ystradgynlais) 21 November 7.30pm; The Queen’s Hall (Narbeth) 22 November 7.30pm; Neuadd Dyfi (Aberdyfi) 24 November 7.30pm, Galeri (Caernarfon) 26 November 7.30pm, Neuadd Dwyfor (Pwllheli) 27 November 7.30pm. Running time 2 hours including intervals. Suitable for ages 7+.
National Dance Company Wales’ Roots Tour is the perfect opportunity for people new to contemporary dance to experience it for the first time as the relaxed introductions and discussions ensure that everyone will feel welcome and confident to enjoy the pieces. The introductions also give regular attenders the chance to find out more, as rehearsal room stories are shared.
Further information can be found at ndcwales.co.uk and across social media @ndcwales #roots2019

Freshly returned from supporting Wales’ Rugby World Cup squad in Japan performing its new rugby-themed work, National Dance Company Wales prepares to score its next winning goal; to ensure that its work can be enjoyed by all people, in all of Wales, so that everyone across the nation can feel welcome and inspired to try contemporary dance and experience the magic of movement.
Roots showcases four of the company’s favourite pieces made in Wales, including one by Swansea raised choreographer Anthony Matsena. Each is short and dynamic and tells a unique story through dance; exploring relatable themes of Welsh life and culture. Thought provoking and light-hearted, the performances and discussion are designed for audiences of all ages to enjoy. Each dance piece is introduced to help everyone find their own meanings within the stories and followed by a Q&A session to share behind the scenes secrets of the choreographers and dancers. The four short works included in the evening include:
A brand-new piece of work entitled Codi, by Swansea’s Anthony Matsena is about Welsh people who come together to tackle isolation and depression during troubled times, inspired by miners and their families. It’s an energetic and uplifting dance about the strength of communities.
Rygbi: Annwyl i mi / Dear to me by NDCWales Artistic Director Fearghus Ó Conchúir celebrates rugby in Wales and highlights the hopes, glory and passion of rallying together on and off the pitch. Rygbi was created with input from rugby fans and players across Wales so that the dance truly echoes the sport.
Écrit by Nikita Goile was inspired by a letter from iconic artist Frida Kahlo to her partner Diego. The clever duet is performed by a female dancer and a giant silhouette of her lover. A beautiful power struggle that reflects the ups and downs of passionate relationships.
Why Are People Clapping!? by Ed Myhill is set to composer Steve Reich’s Clapping Music and uses rhythm as a driving force. The dancers use lively movement and clapping to create a soundtrack for the fun and dynamic dance.
The Roots tour is part of a 4 year programme to develop dance in new places across Wales supported by a grant from the Esmée Fairburn Foundation.
Building on the success of last year’s tour, NDCWales embarks on an extended run this year visiting venues in Caernarfon, Mold, Pwllheli, Aberdyfi, Narbeth, Ystradgynlais, Blackwood and Cardiff throughout November.
As part of the Roots programme, there will be over 40 workshops delivered to primary and high school children, refugee groups, dance and theatre groups, groups for older people and the general public, so that they can learn more about the dance pieces and some of the movements from the performances. Some of the groups will be able to perform their work on the night before the show in Cardiff and Pwllheli.
Tickets are now on sale for Roots 2019 at Theatr Clwyd (Mold) 7-8 November 7.45pm; Dance House (Cardiff) 12-14 November 7.30pm and 13 November 1pm; Blackwood Miners’ Institute (Blackwood) 19 November 7.30pm; The Welfare (Ystradgynlais) 21 November 7.30pm; The Queen’s Hall (Narbeth) 22 November 7.30pm; Neuadd Dyfi (Aberdyfi) 24 November 7.30pm, Galeri (Caernarfon) 26 November 7.30pm, Neuadd Dwyfor (Pwllheli) 27 November 7.30pm. Running time 2 hours including intervals. Suitable for ages 7+.
National Dance Company Wales’ Roots Tour is the perfect opportunity for people new to contemporary dance to experience it for the first time as the relaxed introductions and discussions ensure that everyone will feel welcome and confident to enjoy the pieces. The introductions also give regular attenders the chance to find out more, as rehearsal room stories are shared.
Further information can be found at ndcwales.co.uk and across social media @ndcwales #roots2019
Mae straeon rygbi, cymunedau mwyngloddio a charwriaethau angerddol wrth galon taith Roots newydd Cwmni Dawns Cenedlaethol Cymru yr Hydref hwn
A hwythau newydd ddychwelyd o gefnogi sgwad Cymru yng Nghwpan Rygbi'r Byd yn Japan, yn perfformio eu gwaith newydd ar y thema rygbi, mae Cwmni Dawns Cenedlaethol Cymru yn paratoi i sgorio eu gôl fuddugol nesaf; i sicrhau y gall bawb fwynhau eu gwaith, yng Nghymru gyfan, fel gall pawb ledled y genedl deimlo bod croeso yma a chael eu hysbrydoli i roi cynnig ar ddawns gyfoes a phrofi hud symudiad.

Mae Roots yn arddangos pedwar o hoff ddarnau'r cwmni sydd wedi'u gwneud yng Nghymru, yn cynnwys un gan y coreograffydd o Abertawe, Anthony Matsena. Mae bob un ohonynt yn fyr a dynamig ac yn adrodd stori unigryw drwy ddawns; yn archwilio themâu o fywyd a diwylliant Cymru y gellid uniaethu â nhw. Yn rhai pryfoclyd ac ysgafn eu naws, mae'r perfformiadau a'r drafodaeth wedi'u dylunio i gynulleidfaoedd o bob oedran eu mwynhau. Mae bob darn dawns wedi'i gyflwyno i helpu pawb i ddod o hyd i'w hystyron yn y straeon, yna bydd sesiwn holi ac ateb i rannu cyfrinachau y tu ôl i'r llen y coreograffwyr a'r dawnswyr. Mae'r pedwar darn o waith byr sydd wedi'u cynnwys yn y noson yn cynnwys:

Darn newydd sbon o waith â'r teitl Codi, gan Anthony Matsena a gafodd ei fagu yn Abertawe ac mae'n ymwneud â phobl Gymreig sy'n dod ynghyd i drechu unigedd ac iselder yn ystod cyfnodau blinderus, a ddioddefir gan lowyr a'u teuluoedd. Mae'n ddawns egnïol, sy'n codi calon, am gryfder cymunedau.
Rygbi: Mae Annwyl i Mi gan Gyfarwyddwr Artistig CDCCymru, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, yn dathlu rygbi yng Nghymru ac yn pwysleisio gobeithion, gogoniant ac anrhydedd cefnogi ein gilydd ar y cae ac oddi arno. Crëwyd Rygbi gyda chyfraniad cefnogwyr a chwaraewyr rygbi ledled Cymru fel bod y ddawns wirioneddol yn adlewyrchu'r gêm.

Ysbrydolwyd Écrit gan Nikita Goile gan lythyr yr arlunydd enwog Frida Kahlo i'w phartner, Diego. Caiff y ddeuawd glyfar ei pherfformio gan ddawnswraig a silwét enfawr o'i chariad. Brwydr grym hardd sy'n adlewyrchu uchafbwyntiau ac isafbwyntiau perthnasoedd llawn angerdd.
Mae'r darn Why Are People Clapping!? gan Ed Myhill wedi'i osod i Clapping Music Steve Reich ac mae'n defnyddio rhythm fel grym ysgogi. Mae'r dawnswyr yn defnyddio symudiadau bywiog a chlapio i greu trac sain ar gyfer y ddawns hwyliog ac egnïol.

Mae'r daith Roots yn rhan o raglen 4 blynedd sy'n datblygu dawns yn llefydd newydd ledled Cymru a gefnogir gan grant gan yr Esmée Fairburn Foundation.

Gan adeiladu ar lwyddiant taith y llynedd, eleni bydd CDCCymru yn cychwyn ar daith estynedig yn ymweld â lleoliadau yng Nghaernarfon, yr Wyddgrug, Pwllheli, Aberdyfi, Arberth, Ystradgynlais, Coed Duon a Chaerdydd trwy gydol fis Tachwedd.

Fel rhan o'r rhaglen Roots, bydd dros 40 o weithdai yn cael eu cyflwyno i blant cynradd ac uwchradd, grwpiau ffoaduriaid, grwpiau dawns a theatr, grwpiau i bobl hŷn a'r cyhoedd, fell gallant ddysgu mwy ynglŷn â'r darnau o ddawns a rhai o symudiadau'r perfformiadau. Bydd rhai o'r grwpiau yn gallu perfformio eu gwaith noson cyn y sioe yng Nghaerdydd a Phwllheli.

Mae tocynnau Roots 2019 nawr ar werth yn Theatr Clwyd (Yr Wyddgrug) 7-8 Tachwedd 7.45pm; y Tŷ Dawns (Caerdydd) 12-14 Tachwedd 7.30pm a 13 Tachwedd 1pm; Sefydliad y Glowyr Coed Duon (Coed Duon) 19 Tachwedd 7.30pm; Y Neuadd Les (Ystradgynlais) 21 Tachwedd 7.30pm; The Queen's Hall (Arberth) 22 Tachwedd 7.30pm; Neuadd Dyfi (Aberdyfi) 24 Tachwedd 7.30pm, Galeri (Caernarfon) 26 Tachwedd 7.30pm, Neuadd Dwyfor (Pwllheli) 27 Tachwedd 7.30pm. Bydd y perfformiad hwn yn para 2 awr yn cynnwys egwyliau. Addas ar gyfer 7+ oed.

Taith Roots Cwmni Dawns Cenedlaethol Cymru yw'r cyfle perffaith i bobl sy'n newydd i ddawns gyfoes gael blas arni am y tro cyntaf gan fod y cyflwyniadau a thrafodaethau anffurfiol yn sicrhau y bydd pawb yn teimlo bod croeso iddynt ac yn hyderus i fwynhau'r darnau. Mae'r cyflwyniadau hefyd yn rhoi cyfle i fynychwyr rheolaidd gael dysgu mwy, gan fod straeon yr ystafell ymarfer yn cael eu rhannu.

Mae rhagor o wybodaeth i'w chael yn ndcwales.co.uk ac ar draws gyfryngau cymdeithasol @ndcwales #roots2019
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Angela Davies
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