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Casgliad 2014

North Wales Dance Collective , Galeri, Caernarfon , February-24-14
Casgliad 2014  by North Wales Dance Collective A sell-out crowd for Casgliad 2014 enjoyed a vibrant evening of five very different pieces in a programme packed with originality and impressive physicality.

Held at Galeri, Caernarfon, the North Wales Dance Collective event fused contemporary dance fuses with circus, Capoeira & B-boy bravado accompanied by original live music and featuring poetry, storytelling and spoken word artistry.

Breathe Myself A Meaning by Sarah Mumford and Martin Daws was a sensitive, thoughtful quartet exploring fleeting relationships through hopes, memories and moments of connection and dis-connection.

Alice and the Mad Hatter were the characters in playful preparation for a sparky, wacky Time for Tea! party for two. Danced with aplomb by Lisa Spaull and Daniel Baird the magical slapstick and whimsy of this delightful piece had children and their families laughing out loud.

Battling B-boys from the Steel City Rockers turned the foyer into a gladiatorial Cypher inspired by a live sound-scape of Huw Warren’s jazz piano and the beat-boxing phenomenon of Mr Phormula (aka Ed Holden). Attitude laden spins, gravity defying poses and contortions of speed and power prompted gasps, shrieks, cheers and whistles.

In the theatre itself again but this time looking up, and up again, we were astounded by the moving and disturbingly beautiful Gwymon performed by vertical dance artist Kate Lawrence and Lisa Spaull. The story of a 14-year old Welsh girl experiencing a violent storm while strapped to the mast of a Patagonia-bound ship was re-interpreted with power and precision. Swirling, churning, lurching and falling, the duo bewitched from their high-fastened rope anchors.

Press Release by choreographer and musician Colin Daimond is based on the rise and fall of the Welsh print industry. Typewriter percussion and the office habits of reporters shifts into the behaviours of the ‘reported’ – young men with the smell of the streets in their hip-hop style and the attention of the media on their Capoeira inspired actions and inter-actions.

The showcase event for professional dance artists across North Wales was funded from the Arts Council of Wales, Coreo Cymru and Dawns i Bawb, with mentoring from Company Chameleon and Cai Tomos

Reviewed by: Julie Meehan

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