National Dance Company Wales’ new tour,Awakening, journeys across the UK this spring, visiting Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 7 May 2019.
Wales’ national dance company will visit eleven towns and cities across the UK throughout March, April and May 2019. The tour comes as the company enters a new phase in artistic leadership, under the recently appointed Artistic Director, Fearghus Ó Conchúir. The Awakening tour continues the company’s commitment to making engaging and innovative dance with and for all kinds of people in all kinds of places.
Ahead of the 2019 spring tour, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Artistic Director at NDCWales said “As part our Awakening tour, we’re bringing a variety of work to our audiences. This variety includes the intricate and indulgent world of Revellers’ Mass, a new work by our resident choreographer, Caroline Finn; the affecting magic of appearance and disappearance in Fernando Melo’s Afterimage; the moving simplicity of Lee Johnston’s They Seek to Find the Happiness They Seem, with its echoes of Astaire and Rogers, and the sleek precision of Marcos Morau’s award-winning Tundra’’.
He continues, “This variety of work shows the versatility of the company, and its ability to offer audiences diverse perspectives on the world. These are beautiful works that invite us to see something different and we’re looking forward to sharing that beautiful difference with audiences that come to see the work and with the people who join in our related workshops and creative engagement activities. All our work of preparation and creation only makes sense when we meet the audiences and participants of Wales and the rest of the UK, which is why this tour is so important for us.”
Awakening is made up of four dance pieces, three of which will be performed at each venue.
Afterimage, by the Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo, is a journey of fleeting images; of appearance and disappearance. Mirrors are used on stage to form a unique theatrical experience where the past and the present collide with a poetic & creative style of dance.
Revellers’ Mass delves into a sumptuous world of ritual. An unlikely group gathers for a dinner party, where convictions, tradition and social etiquette are put to the test in an unexpected evening of revelry. The animated choreography and curious characters are Inspired by iconic paintings and historical events. Revellers’ Mass is choreographed by NDCWales’ Resident Choreographer, Caroline Finn won Best Female Dance Artist at the Wales Theatre Awards 2017.
Tundra tears pages from the history books on Russian folk dance, the USSR and revolution, revitalising old ideas with renewed meaning. The bold design is inspired by art and cinema. A dance so robotically precise it’s as mesmerizingly beautiful as it is astounding. Tundra won ‘Best Dance Production’ in the 2017 Wales Theatre Awards along with ‘Best Choreographer’ for Marcos Morau. The production was also recently shortlisted for the UK Theatre Award for ‘Achievement in Dance’. To view the Tundra trailer click here.