The organisers of this year’s Cardiff Dance Festival promise a dozen days of delightful dancing.
This, the second of the biennial festival, will be between November 8 and 19 with performances at Chapter, the Dance House and Wales Millennium Centre.
The Festival called CDF17 is also backed by Wales Arts International and the British Council for the Interruption project and will include India and Wales-based dance artists working together. Part of India Wales, itself part of UK-India Year of Culture, Interruption will see artists from Basement 21 in Chennai working hand in hand with artists from Wales leading to a Cardiff city centre performance on Friday, November 17.
Productions confirmed for the festival include: Liz Roche Company’s Wrongheaded (Chapter, November 8); National Dance Company Wales’ Roots (Dance House, November 13, 14); Jo Fong’s Ways of Being Together (Chapter, November 19); Compagnie Philippe Saire’s Black Out (Dance House, November 10, 11); Barrowland Ballet’s Poggle (Wales Millennium Centre, November 10, 11) and Karl Jay-Lewin and Matteo Fargion’s Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music (Chapter, November 14).
The organisers say that alongside ticketed performances, there will be a number of ways in which people will be able to experience the work of dance artists through open studio and public spaces events. These include maribée – sors de ce corps and Montréal Danse, who will be working on their new production – BESIDE. This event will be a free open studio event taking place on Wednesday, November 15 at 4pm.
Cardiff Dance Festival is programmed by Chris Ricketts and project managed by Fieldwork. Chris Ricketts said, “It’s great to be back with a second festival. We had a fantastic response in 2015 and, with the breadth of things taking place, this year’s programme feels even stronger and more international. It’s going to be a cracking twelve days discovering some wonderful dance from around the world.”
CDF17 is supported by the Arts Council of Wales. Lead festival partners are Chapter, National Dance Company Wales and Wales Millennium Centre. This year the festival is also working with the City of Cardiff Council, Groundwork Pro, Migrations and South Wales University on different aspects of the programme.
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