Family Dance Festival

Coreo Cymru and Chapter in partnership with National Dance Company Wales are delighted to be presenting a selection of Wales’ most exciting dance companies during the Easter holidays 7-22 April 2017.

In an entertaining and jam-packed one-hour programme presenting four short pop-up dance pieces, including the award winning National Dance Company Wales’ new work Animatorium which premiered at Green Man Festival 2016.

+ A chance to dance…. Take part in a short workshop after the performances and try some of the moves that you’ve just seen.

Suitable for all ages. No booking required just turn up and enjoy the show.

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Tour Dates:

  • Chapter, Cardiff  – Fri 7 at 4pm & 6pm | Sat 8 April at 12pm, 3pm & 5pm
  • Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon – Sun 9  at 3pm & 5pm | Mon 10 April at 12pm & 3pm
  • Theatr Hafren, Powys – Tues 11 at 3pm & 5pm | Wed 12 April at 12pm & 3pm
  • The Riverfront, Newport – Tues 18 at 3pm & 5pm | Wed 19 April at 12pm & 3pm
  • Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – Fri 21 at 3pm & 5pm| Sat 22 April at 12pm & 3pm

National Dance Company Wales – Animatorium

Roll up! Roll up! Welcome to the Animatorium

Created by Artistic Director, Caroline Finn, who is known for her darkly comic and quirky style, Animatorium will see the troupe of award-winning dancers brought to life, animated and controlled by their charming yet sinister Master. Until the uprising…


Harnisch Lacey Dance Theatre – Bounce

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BOUNCE‘ is an all-age dance show fusing contemporary dance, breakdance and acrobatics, innovatively uses a 2mx6m moveable bouncy floor. This piece deals with climate change, rising sea levels and a world threatened by global warming. A story unfolds where three eccentric scientists embark on a journey to try to avert the impending disaster and endeavour to bring new life to a groaning world. The choreography is fast-paced, lively and engaging, wowing the audience and delivering an important message in the process.

Up & Over It – Into the Water

Screen Shot 2017-01-16 at 14.48.13Internationally renowned dance duo and Riverdance alumni, UP & OVER IT, present extracts from their latest show INTO THE WATER commissioned by Coreo Cymru.

Funny and moving, INTO THE WATER tells the story of two people who find themselves cut-off from the outside world. Exploring how traditions are made, the show questions how simple games can grow into guarded rituals. With a modern twist on the folk stories and dances that are found throughout Northern Europe, the show draws inspiration from the Nordic folklore of Lyf and Lífflrasir, and the cyclical nature of life. We see the characters emerge from the roots of tradition, and follow them as they find their feet through the strange yet familiar dances and playground games they create. With music from British and Irish nouveau-folk artists, audiences will be transported to a dreamlike world through innovative use of sound, light and projection.


Karol Cysewski – Homo Irrationalis

Screen Shot 2017-01-16 at 14.34.37Polish-born, Cardiff based choreographer and dancer Karol Cysewski creates witty and dynamic performances that explore the depths and absurdities of the human condition. Karol will present extracts from ‘Homo Irrationalis’, performed by three smart yet idiotic male dancers, Homo irrationalis (Latin: “irrational human”) is a funny and physical mission to discover the true nature of humankind. Are we still wise and intelligent Homo sapiens (Latin: “wise human”), or are we becoming Homo irrationalis, displaying ever more erratic and irrational behaviours?



Family Dance Festival is funded through Arts Council of Wales’s National Lottery Scheme