It is one of the highlights of the dance calendar in Wales and this year Swansea’s Dance Days will include 14 dance companies and more than 50 free performance.
Taliesin Arts Centre presents its annual dance festival along Oxford Street and in Castle Square, as well as around the National Waterfront Museum on July 9 and 10.
NoFit State Circus joins a host of dancers in a collaboration with dance giants Motionhouse combining their unique styles in circus and contemporary dance in a new show called BLOCK – a high energy performance which explores modern city life. (July 9, Castle Square)
International stars Memory Wax from Sweden and Danza Teatro Retazos from Cuba come together too in a humorous and upbeat dance, with a funky soundtrack. Crisálida, combines aerial, hip hop and mime. Eight individuals explore their identity and place in society. (July 9/10, Swansea Marina)
For youngsters there will be fun and frolics from sheepdog Max and his unruly sheep in BAA!, and discovering the secret lives of bees in Artizani’s, Bees! The Colony.
The free festival is now firmly on the Swansea summer calendar. Full information as well as a free downloadable schedule is available online at: www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk/dancedays . You can also call Taliesin on 01792 60 20 60 for more details.
Swansea was one of the first UK cities to join a worldwide network of cities that dance, along with London and Manchester, joining cities, including Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, and Geneva. Contemporary, street, aerial and circus skills are performed in over 50 free performances around the city celebrating the best in dance from all around the world.
Taliesin Arts Centre’s Sybil Crouch said, “Taliesin Arts Centre is committed to giving more people the opportunity to see the very best that the arts have to offer – and every summer we take dance out of the theatre and onto the streets of Swansea for a 2 day free festival. This year’s Dance Days on July 9, 10 will showcase dance performances which are exhilarating, funny, athletic and accessible with performance companies from across the UK as well as local talent. We are grateful for the continued support of our festival partners – National Waterfront Museum and the City & County of Swansea for their co-operation in making this the must see arts event of the year. Come and discover the best and brightest on the dance scene in and around the city centre and the museum and prepare to be amazed, amused and entertained!”