We’ve just had some great news from the National Dance Company Wales which features some of the country’s leading contemporary dance artists, they will kick off 2017 with a UK-wide tour including seven venues in Wales, performing two works; one by an internationally renowned choreographer, the other a brand new piece by the company’s artistic director, Caroline Finn.
The Green House is Finn’s second theatrical work as Artistic Director for NDCWales; a new, romantic and intense piece that asks what happens when we prune ourselves – and our lives. Finn takes us on a nostalgic journey, where, on a twisted TV set, characters are confronted with who they really are.
“We cannot wait to take The Green House and Profundis out on the road. They’re such distinct pieces – one is broody and romantic, the other is performed with more of a wink – but together they give a wonderful flavour of both the extraordinary talent of the company, and the inventive and ambitious direction in which National Dance Company Wales is travelling.” – NDCWales Artistic Director, Caroline Finn
Profundis, by Israeli-born Roy Assaf, is a provocative piece, featuring vintage bathing costumes, whimsical wordplay and an exotic soundtrack by Umm Kultum (a mid-20th Century Egyptian singer of Arabian classical music), Alva Noto (a contemporary German musician and composer) and West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein. It was first performed in a short NDCWales (National Dance Company Wales) tour in Autumn 2016, and is Assaf’s first work in the UK.
Both will be performed by NDCWales’ core dancers; the very best contemporary dancers from all four corners of the globe; Josef Perou, Camille Giraudeau, Matteo Marfoglia, Àngela Boix Duran, Elena Thomas, Ed Myhill, Franklyn Lee, and student apprentices Alexandra Pholien and Oliver Chapman.
Alongside the performances, the company will host a series of (mostly free) events and activities, to tackle some of the myths about contemporary dance, give curious audiences of all ages an opportunity to give it a try and offer newcomers an introduction by some of the best artists in their field.
Discover Dance performances are a perfect 90-minute introduction to dance for families and schools, in which audiences get a chance to learn some moves, get on stage with the company dancers, watch a short performance and ask the dancers anything they’d like. For more information on Discover Dance, which is suitable for age 7+ including ticket prices, contact the venue.
The Company will also be performing Caroline Finn’s Animatorium as part of a new Family Dance Festival in Wales this year. Animatorium was first performed at Green Man festival last year and will be touring theatre foyers in Cardiff, Brecon, Newtown and Newport during the Easter school holidays, alongside three other pieces by Welsh dance artists.
Tickets for the show on the 24th Feb at Venue Cymru are available online or via their Box Office on 01492 872000.