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NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY WALES PRESENTS JEROEN VERBRUGGEN’S FIRST UK COMMISSION

This Autumn, National Dance Company Wales will be touring an exciting season of performances and events reaching venues and audiences across Wales and the UK.  Just weeks after the announcement that Caroline Finn will be joining the company as the new Artistic Director, NDCWales are announcing today that it is the first UK company to commission one of the most talked about choreographers currently making work in Europe,  Jeroen Verbruggen whose work will be given its premiere performances in October.

Belgian choreographer Jeroen Verbruggen will be working with the Company at the end of August on a new piece, A Mighty Wind, with its world premiere taking place at Dance City in Newcastle upon Tyne on 3 October. 

Having received widespread accolades for his recent  re-interpretation of Nutcracker for Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève in November 2014, Verbruggen’s work is characterised by  fantasy elements, edgy in style and with high energy movement.  His new commission for NDCWales marks the choreographer’s first time creating work for a UK Company.  In A Mighty Wind, Verbruggen will explore the concept of ‘rock chic’, drawing on the experience of a stadium rock concert, combined with exploration of wind as a force and a catalyst for change.

A Mighty Wind will be performed alongside  the vibrant NDCWales repertoire of Walking Mad and Tuplet, which toured across Wales and the UK earlier this year.

The three works will visit a range of UK venues throughout Autumn including Newcastle, Poole, Hereford, Newtown, Doncaster, Cardiff Dance Festival and Brecon.

As part of the Autumn Tour the company will be rolling out an extensive school and group workshops programme for all ages and abilities.  There are opportunities for audiences to see the dance class prepare before show in their warm up ‘Watch Dance Class’, witness the dance pieces being created in the Open Rehearsals every Friday from 5pm from 14 August, and various talks include a post-show talk with its new Artistic Director, Caroline Finn, at the Lighthouse in Poole.

NDCWales will continue its successful programme of Schools and Family Interactive Matiness at the Dance House in Cardiff Bay and on tour this Autumn. The Interactive Matinees allow families and schools to discover and be inspired by dance in a fun and engaging environment where young people join in with the dancers on stage as well as watch one of the pieces .

NDCWales aims to reach communities across Wales and beyond, and are asking audiences on social media to suggest places for the company to perform a pop up scene from Tuplet.

 

Rehearsal Director, Lee Johnston said; “Last year we performed on the iconic steps of Aberystwyth University ahead of the performance at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The pop-up performance went viral and showed that dance and theatre is

not bound by four walls and that we all love to dance, inside, outside, whatever the weather! Tell us your iconic places and we will aim to perform there.”

As well as the exciting engagement programme on tour, National Dance Company Wales’ home, The Dance House will be one of the main venues for the first Cardiff Dance Festival this November, hosting performances by visiting companies as well as the Company’s own work.


 In partnership with English National Ballet, NDCWales has been running weekly dance sessions for people with Parkinsons at the Dance House. These very popular sessions, for people from all over South Wales, will continue this Autumn in response to high levels of demand and participants reporting health improvements as a result. One of the success stories for NDCWales Associates training programme for young dancers is Josie Sinnadurai from Brecon, who trained as an Associate and has now joined NDCWales’ company as an Apprentice Dancer along with Ed Hygill, who grew up in Chester. Josie and Ed join the company along with new dancer David Pallant, who returns to Britain this summer after being a part of Nanine Linning Dance Company in Germany.

Paul Kaynes, Chief Executive said: “Our aim is to show people just how exciting dance can be, and raise the profile of dance across Wales and beyond. We have superb dancers – from Wales, the rest of the UK and across Europe – who are excellent ambassadors for the vibrancy of the dance scene in Wales.’