National Dance Company Wales back at Brecon

Sunday 13th March 2022 7:00 am
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National Dance Company Wales (NDCWales) will be arriving in Brecon as it embarks on its first indoor tour in England and Wales in Spring 2022 for three years.

One Another will reintroduce audiences to our long-missed stages, offering the theatre as places to gather, express ourselves and to celebrate being with One Another.

The One Another Tour features three dance pieces by three exciting voices in dance now; including two new commissions and a world premiere.  

Caroline Finn has created a brand-new piece with NDCWales, that encapsulates her darkly funny and high-energy dance signature recognisable in her previous works Folk, The Green House, Animatorium, Bernadette and Revellers’ Mass.

Her new piece, Ludo, focuses on the importance of play, rediscovering the spontaneous delights of childhood and the thrill of twisted mind games. Audiences will see dancers delve into the dressing up box and transported into the world of fantastical playgrounds and wild, unbridled imagination.

Wild Thoughts, a world premiere, will be from Italian choreographer, Andrea Costanzo Martini.

A former Aerowaves artist, Andrea has worked with Batsheva and Cullberg Ballet as a dancer, and over the last 10 years as a choreographer presenting his own work across Europe. People can expect fearless, thrilling dance full of playful wit that calls our bodies back to movement, pleasure, and joy.

Following its premiere in 2019 as part of the NDCWales’ Roots tour, Codi, by Anthony Matsena, will now reach new audiences at larger venues across the UK. Anthony grew up in Zimbabwe before moving to Swansea at the age of 13, where he began attending hip-hop, African and Contemporary lessons as well as watching NDCWales perform, which he remembers as his first real taste of Contemporary Dance. Anthony trained at London Contemporary Dance School, where he quickly developed an exciting choreographic practice and became ‘one to watch’. Anthony was a Sadler’s Wells Young Associate in 2018.

Codi is an inspirational story about the strength in communities banding together to tackle the hardships of life through troubled times. Inspired by Anthony’s experiences of growing up in Wales, Codi builds on the foundations of Welsh mining stories told through dance, song, poetry and theatre. The audience is wrapped in a blanket of darkness before being led towards a light of hope and celebration.

“With playful wit and inspiring physicality, the NDCWales dancers will capture your imagination. I hope this programme will inspire, delight, and offer us all the space we need to think and dream.” Matthew Robinson, Artistic Director.

As well as the evening shows on the One Another tour, NDCWales’ daytime Discover Dance events will also be on offer at some tour venues. Discover Dance is an hour long fun and interactive performance where families and schools get to learn some moves from the professional dancers and then watch one of the three dance pieces from the tour, Caroline Finn’s new work, Ludo, which is about play.

The tour will run to May 16 and visit ten venues across Wales and England arriving at Theat Brycheniog on March 11. There will also be a chance to watch digital versions of the works filmed specifically for the screen.

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