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Performances 2014

During the 3 day event we were treated to the following performances:

  • TAN Dance - Sorrowful Sun, a People Dancing Wales Commission
  • Atgofion / Memories, Reminiscence Dance Theatre
  • Llanrumney Ladies - lunch time performance in The Sennedd
  • Wings 3 - Time Flies, a performance by Crossover Intergenerational Dance Projects
  • Epic Arts and Destino Dance Double Bill
  • Lisa Spaull - Aquarium, a People Dancing Wales Commission
  • Cai Tomos, CAIN - Elegant / Intricate Documentary, a People Dancing Wales Commission
  • Casson and Friends' The Dance WE Made
TAN Dance - Sorrowful Sun, a People Dancing Wales Commission

People Dancing International Event 2014 - TAN Dance Performance from People Dancing on Vimeo.

TAN Dance, Neath, Wales present a new commission performed by young people with Downs Syndrome, working with Onil Vizcaino, Spain

As a People Dancing – Wales Commission for the International Event 2014, TAN Dance, based in Neath, Port Talbot has had three of its artists - TAN Dance Director, Carol Brown and associate artists, Leila Bebb and Catherine Coombs - work with Onil Vizcaino from Spain to develop their work with young people with learning disabilities. Onil works within a residential centre for young people with learning disabilities in Murcia, Spain, leading Asi Somos, a dance performance company which focuses on choreographic and performance quality. 

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Find out more about their creative process behind the commission on our dedicated webpage. Commissioned with support and produced in partnership with Arts Council of Wales.

Atgofion / Memories, Reminiscence Dance Theatre

Reminiscence Dance Theatre has set itself up as a charitable social enterprise working in the Voluntary Arts Sector in Wales - under the artistic direction of Julie Evans, who is a freelance community dance practitioner.

The performers involve older adults in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s living in the Valleys communities of Rhondda Fach who attend weekly workshops based at Teify House Day Centre in Maerdy. Using reminiscence as the starting point, a variety of creative processes are utilised to explore the living histories of participants both personal and common to each other – through creative/expressive dance movement, music, song, drama, creative writing, storytelling and digital imaging.

Llanrumney Ladies - lunch time performance in The Sennedd

The Llanrumney Ladies are a weekly meeting dance group from South Wales, who joined the lunch time reception in The Sennedd to offer delegates a fun performance from the local area. As the community dance organisation for Cardiff and South Wales, the group is one of Rubicon Dance's many recreational dance groups.

The Sennedd performance and reception were hosted by Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services, Welsh Assembly.

Wings 3 - Time Flies, a performance by Crossover Intergenerational Dance Projects

Cecilia Macfarlane of Crossover Intergenerational Dance Projects and Manizia of WaleWorks, come together for the third time in Oxford for Wings 3.

Twenty-two dancers from Japan join twenty-two dancers from England to create Time Flies for the People Dancing international event. Using dance as their common language, and music composed specially for the event, they devised a new dance piece together, inspired by flight, distance and trust, and looking at how time flies when you are having fun! Performance supported with funding from The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

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Cecilia Macfarlane's article on this project for Participate magazine.
Cecilia Macfarlane has made a number of contributions to Animated magazine, all available by searching the Library.

Epic Arts and Destino Dance Double Bill

Epic Arts and Destino Dance - performances at People Dancing International Event 2014 from People Dancing on Vimeo.

DESTINO Dance, Ethiopia present Ene Man Negn in a double bill with Epic Arts, Cambodia who present Come Back Brighter.

Ene Man Negn
The journey of two people in search of their life mission. Faced with choices and decisions to make, they will find out that finally everything is about the chances we get, the responsibilities we accept and the fate we are given. The music and lyrics are by Seleshi Demissie. He sings about the return to home of their Ethiopian children. The dancers go back to their country to carry out the mission set out by their destiny.

Come Back Brighter
A performance about the effect of the Khmer Rouge Regime on the artists of Cambodia and the current explosion of creativity sweeping the country. In the 1960s, Cambodia was called the “Pearl of Asia” and was full of music, fashion and creativity. But this all came to an end on the 7th April 1975 when the Khmer Rouge took over the cities and killed teachers, intellectuals and artists. Cambodia’s vibrant arts scene was destroyed in an instant and only now is it starting to emerge from the ashes. This piece explores the effects of the regime on the arts in Cambodia, by looking at events before, during and after the Khmer Rouge.

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DESTINO Dance's keynote presentation at the People Dancing International Event 2014 is available to view here. More information is available on the DESTINO Dance website.
Epic Arts projects and general information on their website and in this article for Participate newspaper.

Lisa Spaull - Aquarium, a People Dancing Wales Commission

Lisa Spaull, Wales, presents a new commission with participants of children and their parents from Gwynedd and the surrounding area in North Wales following her work with Bronja Novak Lindblad, Sweden.

Lisa Spaull, a freelance choreographer and performer from Llandudno, North Wales is created this performance work with children and their parents as a recipient of a People Dancing – Wales Commission. Using her experience of creating professional work and leading sessions for the community, particularly children’s dance at Venue Cymru where she is a Creu Cymru Dance Buddy, Lisa worked with a visual artist and musician to create the piece for 12 participants, children aged 4-8 and their parents.

Venue Cymru supported the creation of the work offering rehearsal space in support of Lisa as a Dance Buddy, and with a first performance for the local community in advance of People Dancing.

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Find out more about the creative process behind the commission, including a short documentary, on our dedicated webpage. Commissioned with support and produced in partnership with Arts Council of Wales.
Cai Tomos, CAIN - Elegant / Intricate Documentary, a People Dancing Wales Commission

Cai Tomos, a freelance choreographer and performer from Dolgellau, North Wales and based in London built upon his previous learning under the mentorship of Anna Halprin, the founder of the Tamalpa Method and deepened his understanding of the Tamalpa methodology through further training and mentoring.

Cai applied this learning during regular monthly workshops with CAIN, the older people’s dance group he leads at Galeri, Caernarfon, during and beyond this 2014 Wales Commission. Galeri is supporting Cai’s work with CAIN in his capacity as a Creu Cymru Dance Buddy with the venue.

The first part of Cai’s commission activity was a residential programme in France in August 2014, with G. Hoffman Soto, a Senior Associate of the Tamalpa Institute, California who has been teaching in the training programs at Tamalpa Institute since its inception in 1978. As a collaborator at the Institute, he has contributed to the evolving nature of the Tamalpa Life/Art Process. Soto teaches Somatics and Experiential Anatomy at New College of California and has taught internationally since 1979. He also leads a yearly training program in Germany called Awareness in Movement, and has been a regular teacher at the Institute Gestalt Wurzburg since 1981.

Following this residential programme and in his sessions with CAIN, Cai received mentoring support from Lian Wilson, Creative Director with Tamalpa UK and a certified Movement Therapist RSMT and Movement Educator RSME with ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association). Lian is a Tamalpa Practitioner, Dancer and Associate of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, and is a respected and internationally established Tamalpa teacher. She visited Cai and the CAIN group in Caernarfon in October 2014.

Cai shared his learning and spoke about his broad experience of working with older people at People Dancing in the session, But is it art? which is also available to view on our Panel Discussions page.

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Find out more about the creative process behind this and the other 3 Wales Commissions, on our dedicated webpage. Commissioned with support and produced in partnership with Arts Council of Wales and find out more about Cai’s work here

Casson and Friends' The Dance WE Made

Dance artist Tim Casson created a special edition of his project The Dance WE Made, working with People Dancing delegates and members of the public in the Wales Millennium Centre who choreographed and danced with him throughout the morning on Saturday 15 November. This film is Tim's edit of the creative and performance time. 

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Find more information on The Dance WE Made on the project website, see the live performance at the People Dancing International Event 2014 closing session and read Donald Hutera's take on the project in this article for Participate newspaper.