Once again, the National Dance Company Wales did not fail to amaze. Terra Firma at Sherman Theatre was a spectacular performance which left me speechless once more.
Firstly, I’d like to congratulate Ed Myhill on winning the Best Male Dance Artist at the Wales Theatre Awards last month. Also, congratulations to Caroline Finn, Mario Bermudez-Gil and Marcos Morau on their amazing work to create this production, and the dancers for performing it so beautifully.
The first dance was Caroline Finn’s Wales Theatre Awards 2017 winning choreography Folk performed by Kat Collings, Nikita Goile, Cyril Durand-Gasselin, Ed Myhill, Julia Rieder, Evan Schwartz, Elena Sgarbi, Tim Vollerman and apprentice dancer Matthew Pritchard. This was a wonderful performance and the set design was subtle yet very fitting and pleasant, thank you to the designer Joe Fletcher.
The second dance named Atalaÿ, from Mario Bermudez-Gil, was another fantastic performance with a vibrant sense of culture added to it. The dancers performing this were Nikita Gould, Ed Myhill, Julia Rieder and Matthew Pritchard. I particularly enjoyed the music in Atalay, especially Mercan Dede Toz Pembe.
The final dance was Tundra, this dance was performed by Kat Collins, Ed Myhill, Cyril Durand-Gasselin, Evan Schwartz, Elena Sgarbi, Tim Volleman and apprentice dancers Marine Tournet and Matthew Pritchard. This performance was very futuristic, and created an illusion for the audience, the costumes and lighting was very effective in creating the mechanical and futuristic vision, thanks to costume designer Angharad Matthews and lighting designer Joe Fletcher, also a winner at the Wales Theatre Awards 2018. Choreographer Marcos Morau won Best Choreographer for this work at the Wales Theatre awards.
Overall, I was very excited to see the performance of Terra Firma after seeing the previous production of Roots by NDCWales. I enjoy their shows and recommend to all who are interested in dance, music and drama.
*Each venue will feature Tundra, Atalaÿ and either Folk or The Green House, for more information please see venue websites.
Venues with Folk
Sherman Theatre, Cardiff
The Brewhouse, Taunton
Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
Torch Theatre, Milford Haven
Theatr Clwyd, Mold
The Riverfront, Newport
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea
Derby Theatre, Derby
Dance City, Newcastle
Venues with The Green House
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
The Hafren Theatre, Newtown
The Place, London