Changes in the management structure at the national dance company, NDCWales, have been revealed in a suprise announcement.
The news comes just before the start of the organisation’s autumn smaller venues tour which opens in Llanelli on Saturday night.
Caroline Finn will change her role from Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales (NDCWales) to that of Resident Choreographer in December.
In a statement the Company said that during her time with the Company, Caroline has developed a new, distinctive artistic signature which has become the basis of the Company’s work. It continued that her new role will allow her to focus more time on her choreography and creating new and exciting work with the dancers of NDCWales. She will be creating at least one new work for the Company each year.
Caroline joined the Company as Artistic Director in September 2015 replacing Ann Campbell-Moore who vacated the role not long after her husband’s departure from the Company.
Since then, Caroline has created several pieces including Folk, which toured the UK and internationally in 2016 and was performed at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the British Council Showcase. She was named Best Female Dance Artist for Folk in the 2017 Wales Theatre Awards.
Also in 2016 she created Animatorium, which premiered at Green Man Festival 2016, and in 2017 The Green House, which formed part of a three-month UK tour alongside Roy Assaf’s Profundis, as part of NDCWales’ Spring Tour 2017. More recently, she choreographed a solo for one of the contemporary finalists of the BBC Young Dancer Competition.
Caroline has recently created Parade, a modern reimagining of Ballet Russes original and was the key performance in NDCWales’ P.A.R.A.D.E., a flagship event in Wales’ Russia ’17 programme performed in Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre and Pontio in Bangor, in October 2017.
The Company’s smaller venues tour of four works includes two by Caroline – Beside Himself and Animatorium. The on its Roots tour, taking in six venues across Wales.
The role of Artistic Director of the Company will be advertised later this year.
Caroline Finn said of today’s announcement: “I’m incredibly proud of and have loved making all the wonderful work that NDCWales has performed at home, all over the UK and internationally over the last two years. My new role as Resident Choreographer of the Company is the best one in which I can continue to bring my ideas for the company to life. I’m excited about the future of NDCWales and bringing exciting new work to audiences all over Wales and beyond.”
NDCWales’ Chief Executive Paul Kaynes said: “Caroline has developed an extraordinary artistic signature for the Company in her time with us, which has enabled the Company to establish a strong position at the centre of UK and international dance touring, inspiring audiences and dance participants alike. We’re glad that we will continue working with her to help build on our success as a Company over the next few years, and to support her ongoing development as an artist of world-class standing.”
Roots choreographer: Matteo Marfoglia: