From classical ballet to contemporary movement, there was frequently much to enjoy in the world of dance across South Wales theatres. 2019 saw sparkling new presentations from Ballet Cymru, National Dance Company of Wales and Hijinx Theatre while companies such as Mark Morris Dance Group and Northern Ballet mesmerised audiences with touring productions.
Mark Morris Dance Group, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Vibrant and fun choreography interspersed with seemingly pro-longed leaps which appear to move in slow-motion make Pepperland a joy to watch.
National Dance Company of Wales, The Riverfront, Newport
I loved the work with the mirrors and lighting creating a super impression of live action which seemed to change the opacity of the dancers on stage giving them an unusual presence.
Into The Light
Hijinx, Sherman Theatre, Cardiff
An accessible dance production, Into The Light, raises questions as to how we all think and need to be seen but ultimately how being ourselves is the most important star quality of all
Romeo a Juliet
Ballet Cymru, The Riverfront, Newport
With atmospheric music provided by Sinfonia Cymru, Romeo a Juliet is a fabulous way to sample classic Shakespeare through the medium of dance.
Northern Ballet, New Theatre, Cardiff
Contemporary while retaining a classical air, I found Victoria compelling from start to finish and among some of the finest ballet I have ever witnessed.