Last weekend saw the fantastic LLAWN02 Festival, in Llandudno. I have included some pictures of Gdance and Ballet Cymru’s performance of ‘Stuck In The Mud’ (photos copyright: Andy Birchwood). Audiences enjoyed the quality of the dancing and the inclusive nature of the project. The project, imagined by Marc Brew, is one which brings disabled and able-bodied dancers together in creative collaboration, exploring new possibilities of movement and drama. This coming weekend, 27th and 28th September, the production will be coming to Cardiff. Anyone interested in watching this work should make their way down to the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay this weekend. Performances are at 12pm and 3pm and are completely FREE!
The performers and creative team have already arrived in North Wales, prior to this weekend’s performances of ‘Stuck In The Mud’. The performances will begin in Llandudno train station at 11.45am and 2.45pm on Saturday and Sunday, and will be completely FREE! I will share more pictures of the festival in the next few weeks, but in the meantime click on the picture to check out the LLAWN02 website.
I am very pleased to announce that next year I will be writing a new ballet for Ballet Cymru. It will be a re-telling of the story ‘Cinderella’, in a style that is under development at the moment. I look forward to working with Darius James and Amy Doughty on this project and creating a new score for this magical and iconic story. This new work will be premiered in May 2015, and I will be posting more information about the progress of this project as it occurs (now, where did I put my keys to the pumpkin?)…
Yesterday I visited the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea to watch the first performance of the new Welsh tour of ‘Stuck In The Mud’. It was a great experience and well attended as part of the Dance Days festival. I have put two new clips on the Youtube page attached to this site. Click on the quick-link tab to Youtube above, on the right hand side, to watch.
I am very much looking forward to seeing the first site’s performance of ‘SITM’ this weekend in Swansea. This journey began last year with GDance, Ballet Cymru, the fantastic choreographer Marc Brew and many others. I will post some pictures next week, and if you are free this weekend come along to the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. Shows are FREE to attend, at 11.45am and 2.20pm this weekend, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July. Hope to see you there!
From the 16th of June to the 19th I was in Umeå, Sweden. During 2014 Umeå is the European Capital of Culture. The European Choral Festival, which was held here, invited the SICC (South Iceland Chamber Choir) to perform. The choir are pictured above performing ‘Islands (Ynysoedd)’ in the Opera House in Umeå. This concert was recorded for the Swedish classical music station P2, and required a short break to accommodate moving the microphones to capture this unconventional piece. The audience responded well to both the choir and their choice of programme. The festival was very well organised and the staff were helpful and friendly. Most of the choirs were being hosted in the same hotel, so after the concerts the spontaneous entertainment often included bar-side sing-alongs! It was a pleasure to attend such a welcoming event.
Earlier this week I watched my piece ‘Islands (Ynysoedd)’ being performed in Salisbury Arts Festival. This was the very first time in the UK that the piece had been performed with the movement designed in the score. The choir performed so brilliantly that according to the review in the Telegraph, some audience members were moved to tears! If you click on the image above you can read the full article written in the Telegraph.
Last year’s performance of ‘Islands (Ynysoedd)’ by the SICC was very well received. The passing of Sir John Tavener, in the same week as the concert premiering this work, meant that all involved wished to pay their musical respects to him and his family. In this context, I felt that the movement part of this piece needed to be temporarily omitted. I journeyed back to Iceland last week to work with the choir on this element of the score. The top photo (credit: Brian FitzGibbon) shows the choir rehearsing in Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik. This is where the Icelandic premiere of the work was given in the Reykjavik Arts Festival on 24th May 2014. I will be posting a video of the choir during our preliminary rehearsals, and subsequent performances to my You Tube channel very soon.