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 Alicia Clarke Idiot-Syncrasy (Igor+Moreno) photo: Alicia Clarke


Cardiff Dance Festival is a new, biennial celebration of contemporary dance. Rooted in Cardiff, international in scope, the inaugural festival takes place from 10 22 November 2015. There will be performances to see, projects to get involved in and workshops and discussions to engage minds and bodies.

Initiated by Fieldwork, Cardiff Dance Festival is built on partnerships with venues and organisations throughout the city. Performances will be taking place at Chapter, Dance House and the Wales Millennium Centre, with 26 performances across 13 days.

Opening with Dawns Ysbrydion / Ghost Dance and signing off with the debut performance of Good News from the Future, the festival programme includes leading work being made in Wales and exemplary work from the UK and overseas.

 Maxyme G. Delisle Yellow Towel , Dana Michel Photo: Maxyme G. Delisle


Rated one of Time Out New York s top ten best dance shows last year, Qu becois choreographer and performer Dana Michel brings her acclaimed Yellow Towel to Chapter s stage. As a child, Dana Michel would drape a yellow towel on her head in an attempt to emulate the blonde girls at school. As an adult, she revisits the imaginary world of her alter-ego in a performance free of cover-ups or censorship.

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion describe what they do as handmade and human-scale. The influence they have had on contemporary dance is far-reaching. Cheap Lecture and The Cow Piece exemplifies their exploratory and absorbing approach to performance and audiences.

Groove on Down the Road, by award winning ZooNation, will take audiences on a hip-hop journey down the yellow brick road. Whilst choices, made in life and work, are laid bare in a dynamic solo, performance, Ode to the Attempt by Belgian choreographer Jan Martens.

Weaving its way through the programme will be an exploration of the relationship between dance and music, with many events involving live music or original soundscapes. This inter-relationship is integral to Cardiff West, a current participatory project being led by Cardiff based choreographer Joanna Young and composer Jamie McCarthy, which will culminate in a festival performance.

Activities to join in are happening hand-in-hand with Earthfall, Rubicon, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Ballet Cymru. Masterclasses, post show talks, weekend breakfast conversations, meet the performers, and have a dance, all these are possibilities with Cardiff Dance Festival.

The aspiration of Cardiff Dance Festival long-term is to help achieve a thriving ecology for dance in Cardiff. Supporting professional development and building audiences are both key. There are many ways to do that, and festivals are a dynamic opportunity.



For the full programme, booking information, and plenty more: dance.wales or follow on twitter: @dancecardiff

Images: Idiot-Syncrasy, Igor and Moreno (photos Alicia Clarke) Yellow Towel, Dana Michel (photos Maxyme G. Delisle)