WELSH DANCE STRAND LAUNCH

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Putting some of the greatest choreographic talents in Britain centre stage, the Welsh Dance Strand introduces four of Wales’ most exciting dance makers in a curated showcase at this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Produced by Coreo Cymru, the showcase sees Fringe debuts for Harnisch Lacey Dance, TaikaBox, Jo Fong and the Kitsch & Sync Collective. Celebrating the diversity and quality of dance in Wales the programme includes performances fusing contemporary dance, parkour and breakdance, dance movement and technology, dance immersion and audience participation as well as dating and dance theatre!

The Welsh Dance Strand runs from 18 – 25 August and will be resident at Zoo Southside. Watch the trailer for a taste of what’s to come!

 The full programme includes:

SPIN – Harnisch Lacey Dance

SPIN mixes contemporary dance with urban dance styles of parkour and breakin’ in a fresh, dynamic performance. SPIN takes you on a journey ‘in and out’ of hope, inspired by personal stories of making the impossible possible. Four dancers manipulate a moveable set, turning obstacles into opportunities, to captivating beats and an original score.

Beyond the Body – TaikaBox

The show is based around the story of a writer whose research into alternate states of consciousness takes her on a fantastic journey of self-discovery. This beautifully crafted performance integrates movement, an original sound score and responsive video projection to explore our relationships with our dreams, our beliefs, our bodies and each other.

An invitation… – Jo Fong

An Invitation… appears as though it is being created right now. What happens or doesn’t happen is influenced directly by the people in the room. An Invitation… is about connection, spontaneity, but also about uncertainty. We play the performer, we play the audience. We are the show. Is it now?

Last Chance Romance – Kitsch & Sync

“Bing, Bong, Bing…welcome to Kitsch & Sync Collective’s Retro Dating Agency. Are you looking for love? Left on the shelf? Feeling like ‘Billy No Dates’? Well this is your chance to find romance, in this comedic, toe-tapping dance theatre piece.” Last Chance Romance is an interactive and comedic dance theatre performance starring three retro dating agency receptionists. The choreography takes place on and around three 50’s style movable office pods, fusing gestural motifs, swing and dance theatre with devised text and song.

 

Coreo Cymru’s Producer Carole Blade is delighted to be able to give greater focus to the diverse range and quality of Welsh dance within an international context saying; “The companies have been approached to represent the Welsh Dance Strand based on their quality of work, diverse and complimentary aesthetics and stage of development. Together they collectively strengthen the profile and status of the Welsh dance sector providing a strong and engaging presence within the festival for audience and industry alike.”

This project is being supported by the Arts Council of Wales’ scheme, Wales in Edinburgh.

Check out the programme linked below and please support our artists by pressing the like bottom on the read more page. http://goo.gl/f6Gnjh

Karol Cysewski’s ‘Wonders of the Universe’ and Volcano are also being presented at Dancebase between 1 & 17 August.