Window onWel Lsh Dance Scene; More Than 50 Events Will Take Place in Cardiff This Weekend as Part of the First Wales Dance Platform. It Brings Together Dancers, Choreographers, Photographers, Video Makers, Designers and Writers, to Share Their Experiences of Dance and Meet Audiences. Three of Those Taking Part Explain Its Importance
Karine Dcorne is director of Dawns i Bawb, the development and community dance organisation for North West Wales She says: "There are few choreographers in North Wales, so supporting them is always a challenge.
Performance opportunities are rare and our resources are limited.
However, every year we commission at least one work by local dance-artists such as Colin Daimond, Lisa Spaull and Angharad Harrop.
In 2009, we co-produced Locator 20 by Simon Whitehead in partnership with Migrations leading to the creation of seven site-specific works by local choreographers and dancers, working alongside Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sizali from Turkey. The aim was to create a residency that would resonate with our locality as well as a unique opportunity for professional development, performing and networking.
In similar ways and on a national scale, the Wales Dance Platform is a fantastic initiative that we are very excited to have been invited to be part of. There was a will to have a representation from all over Wales so we are pleased we were part of the process of setting up this event.
Being part of the Wales Dance Platform is providing us with the possibility to extend the work we've started in North West Wales on a national scale. It is providing a great opportunity for someone like Angharad Harrop and the artists working with her, to show their work outside North Wales and in the context of an event that will attract a lot of attention, we believe.
We see the Wales Dance Platform as a window on today's Welsh dance scene; for presenters, venues and other people working in the dance sector. It creates a chance to have an overview of where dance is at today in Wales.
For the artists, it is a great opportunity to showcase their work and the possibility for them to network, discover each other''s practice, and dream up new collaborations.
We hope it will enable new projects and partnerships, that wouldn't have happened otherwise, to emerge.
We also hope that Wales Dance Platform will open doors to perform the work in other places across Wales and beyond."
Amsterdam-based Cris Tandy is originally from Aberystwyth. After vocational training, Cris went on to dance with National Dance Company Wales for four years and is now a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher across Europe. He will be performing a solo in the Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff tonight He says: "Having been away for three years I will be happy to return and see what is happening in Wales. I would love to find a way to come back to Wales to share my experiences and to be part of the art form here, so I will be curious to see if Wales Dance Platform can bring more opportunities for this to happen.
This is a fantastic initiative for all creators within dance in Wales. Its open nature allows a diverse spectrum within the art form to be exposed for the public to see, and it offers an insight for the professionals involved towards a community and network for the future.
I am personally excited by the possibility to perform in such a positive and welcoming environment, and I feel this is the perfect setting for me to present some new ideas and get some feedback.
As a dancer and creator it is really wonderful to perform as part of a festival, as opposed to just turning up in a venue or city to perform in a small group. As part of a larger event, it is always great to meet people, to share thoughts and feelings, to develop our personal and collective ideas about the importance and purpose of dance and culture. …