Folk - Caroline Finn
Choreographer: Caroline Finn
Visual Artist, Set & Design: Joe Fletcher
Set & Design: Joe Fletcher
Music: Barcarola (Offenbach and Giraud) by Mantavoni and his Orchestra, Midnight Waltz by Adam Hurst, O Zorbas by Mikis Theodorakis, Homo Fugit velut umbra by Christina Pluhar & L’Arpeggiata, Black Gold by Armand Amar + Sarah Nemtanu, Pepa by Carles Santos, Threnody by Goldmund
Lighting Design: Joe Fletcher
Costume Design: Gabriella Slade
Costume Maker: Amy Barrett, Rhiann Houlihan
Dancers: Josef Perou, Camille Giraudeau, Matteo Marfoglia, Mathieu Geffré, Àngela Boix Duran, Elena Thomas, David Pallant, Josie Sinnadurai, Ed Myhill
“ I love watching people; their quirks and idiosyncrasies, and the way they function in different social scenarios. So I wanted to make a piece which is largely about social dynamics – exploring the relationships between people and how they behave when they are in a group compared to how they behave when they are on their own. What makes people form a group or a particular connection with someone? What ostracises people from a group and how does this affect their behaviour?
“ I was also inspired by the variety and expressions of the characters and communities you see in old 17th and 18th century oil paintings and encouraged the dancers to create their own characters for the piece based on some of these oil paintings.
“ I wanted to create a surreal-yet-familiar community for the characters in the piece to exist in – pushing the fine line between fantasy and reality; a world which is not immediately identifiable or recognisable, yet which we can all relate to on some level.”
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"weird & wonderful like all the best myths & fables" Matthew Bourne
"Two hours of beautifully choreographed dance performed with the utmost skill and precision.”
What makes the production a success is its accessibility to both dance fans and the uninitiated. All three pieces are emotionally engaging, the audience drawn as much to the stories being told as they are to the quality of the dancing.”***** Western Mail
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Caroline Finn joined National Dance Company Wales in September 2015 as its new Artistic Director. A winner of the Matthew Bourne New Adventures Choreographer Award 2014, she created a new work entitled Bloom for Phoenix Dance Theatre in 2015.
As a dancer, Finn performed with Ballet Theater Munich under the direction of Philip Taylor; Ballet Preljocaj (France); Compagnie Carolyn Carlson (France); Jochen Heckmann and Johanna Richter. Finn has been a freelance dancer and choreographer since 2009 and her acclaimed solo work Bernadette has toured internationally to festivals in Aix en Provence, Munich, Luzern, Berlin, Krakow, Paris and South Korea.
Three years in a row she was commissioned to create new works for Theater in Kempten and she has created work for companies such as Tanz Luzerner Theater (Switzerland); Cross Connection Ballet (Denmark); Compagnie DIEM (France) and Teatr Groteska (Poland). Between 2013 and 2014 Finn presented three of her works at the Interdans Festival in Belgium. In 2015 she choreographed a new piece for the National Ballet of Chile based on Kurt Joos’ The Green Table. Finn has been a member of Tanztendenz München e.V. since 2013.