Ballet Cymru and National Youth Dance Wales return to The Riverfront Theatre, Newport with a Triple Bill show showcasing and celebrating young dancers in a sparkling evening of the finest dance.
Cerys Matthews’ iconic album of Welsh folk songs is the inspiration for TIR, with Ballet Cymru choreographers Darius James OBE and Amy Doughty using 11 of the songs from the album to create a unique work, especially for the dancers of Ballet Cymru.
Welsh singing legend Cerys Matthews will be performing the music from her album TIR live at The Riverfront for both shows on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 November, in what are rumoured to be her last ever live musical performances.
In this Triple Bill show, the National Youth Dance Wales (NYDW) ensemble will premiere a new work, Twenty Tales, by award-winning choreographer Mario Bermúdez Gil.
NYDW provides some of Wales’ most talented young dancers with first-class training and performance opportunities. They draw on the energy and excitement of young peoples’ enthusiasm for dance and dancing, and channel it into a creative, contemporary force that celebrates the very best youth dance in Wales today.
Ballet Cymru Resident Choreographer Marcus J Willis also brings to the stage the reimagining of his choreographic work, Stream of Consciousness, first premiered by Ailey II in 2016. Stream of Consciousness gives physical life to our inner thoughts. Willis weaves six simple gestures into ‘the stream’, the tumultuous monologue within each person’s mind. Set to a contemporary reimagining of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Max Richter, this work echoes the tension and poignancy of the music’s ever-changing tides.
Further to this theme, Willis will also bring his acclaimed solo creation, Beyond Reach to Ballet Cymru’s repertoire. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, this timeless solo captures a moment of reflection, representative of the ongoing journey of an individual’s life. Subtle meets jarring in the encounters with oneself in this intimate solo scored with music by Franz Schubert.
Tickets for this incredible and unique evening of dance are available now from newportlive.co.uk/Performances, or by calling 01633 656757.