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New free dance event for families to tour Wales this Easter

Cardiff-based arts organisations are collaborating on a new family dance event which will tour across Wales this Easter – Family Dance Festival (7-22 April). 14 Mar 2017

New free dance event for families to tour Wales this Easter

Chapter’s Coreo Cymru programme and National Dance Company Wales have selected four of Wales’ most animated and mesmerising companies to perform across five venues during the Easter school holidays. As well as a jam-packed hour of performance, families will have the chance to dance with a short workshop delivered by the professional dancers at the end of each event. And it won’t cost a penny.

Family Dance Festival will feature performances of Animatorium by National Dance Company Wales, Bounce by Harnisch-Lacey Dance Theatre, Into The Water by Up & Over It and Homo Irrationalis by Karol Cysewski. Each piece has been selected for its energy, vibrancy and sheer family-fun-factor.

Animatorium by NDCWales’ Artistic Director, Caroline Finn, premiered at Green Man festival in 2016. The troupe of award-winning dancers is brought to life and animated by a sinister yet charming Master. Until his effort to control them actually has the opposite effect.

Bounce by Harnisch-Lacey Dance is a high-energy display of contemporary dance fused with breakdance and acrobatics, based on themes of global warming and climate change.

Into the Water by Up & Over It has been watched by millions on YouTube after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent and sparking a new internet craze. Into The Water is a unique twist on traditional folk dance with rhythmic, craze-inducing hand dancing routines.

Homo Irrationalis by Karol Cysewski is performed by three comic male dancers, on a mission to discover if we’re still wise and intelligent Homo sapiens, or if we’re becoming ever more erratic and irrational.

Family Dance Festival launches at Chapter, Cardiff on Friday 7 & Saturday 8 April, then travels to Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon (9 & 10), The Hafren in Newtown (11 & 12), The Riverfront in Newport (18 & 19) and returns to Cardiff for final performances at Wales Millennium Centre (21 & 22). Watch the trailer.

Carole Blade, Creative Producer for Coreo Cymru and mum of two, set up the event to increase young people’s access to different forms of dance. Says Carole: "We selected the four companies to really showcase the variety and creativity of new dance that we’re producing here in Wales. By performing in theatre foyers and outdoor spaces, we’re welcoming everyone along to just turn up and enjoy the work. And by offering the workshop activity at the end, we might even inspire a new generation of Welsh dance artists!"

Caroline Finn, Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales, said: "It’s so great that people will have the opportunity to watch dance in a relaxed setting. Families will see some of the finest contemporary dance in Wales, fused with elements of folk, breakdance and acrobatics. We can’t wait to be a part of it and to see the children’s (and adults’!) eyes light up as they watch the dancers perform."

Family Dance Festival is suitable for all ages. The performances will take place in theatre foyers or outside spaces. The event is free, no booking is required. Just turn up to watch the dancers twisting and turning, tumbling and sliding, and enjoy the show.

More information at | #familydancefest | Watch the trailer

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