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The Dance Dome projection cinema

An innovative Welsh project featuring dance films in 360° will tour Wales this summer to outdoor festivals and sites providing audiences with an extraordinary immersive experience. 24 Jun 2014

The Dance Dome projection cinema

The Dance Dome projection cinema will present three specially commissioned films ‘The Beautiful’, ‘The Sublime’ and ‘Pal O’ Me Heart’ to audiences across Wales in 2014 in a tour that visits Cardiff, Swansea, Harlech, Brecon, Aberystwyth and Newport.

The Dance Dome is a portable 360° cinema that blurs the boundaries between movement, digital technology and cinema, wrapping dance around the viewer to create a truly unique immersive experience. As a self-contained venue the Dance Dome, equipped with a 3k projection system, provides visitors with a visual experience normally only accessible from within a planetarium.

The project’s films have been co-produced in Wales by the 360° multimedia company 4π Productions and Coreo Cymru (Creative Producer for Dance in Wales) with support from the Arts Council of Wales and Chapter. The fulldome films were created by an international crew and feature choreography by award-winning companies TaikaBox, Harnisch-Lacey Dance Theatre and Earthfall.

This is the first major tour in Wales for the project after having recently returned from a successful two weeks tour in China as part of the 25th Arts Festival in Macau. The fulldome films produced for the Dance Dome have been screened in Fulldome theatres and Planetariums across the world including USA, Argentina, Canada and Russia promoting the work of Welsh based choreographers and Welsh digital innovation.

Carole Blade, Creative Producer for Dance in Wales said:

"This unique Welsh programme will push the boundaries for both digital technology and contemporary dance. By using a portable dome, Coreo Cymru in collaboration with 4π Productions are introducing a new form of presenting dance to the wider public within this compelling immersive experience which is touring Wales this summer".

Matt Wright, Director of 4π Productions UK, said:

‘Developing the Dance Dome project and its immersive content has provided many technical and creative challenges but we are proud of having produced something truly unique and are excited to see how home audiences react, here in Wales’.

The film ‘Pal O’ Me Heart’ (completed in 2013) is the project’s newest production featuring a narrative driven 22 minute storyline and is based upon Eartfall’s award winning live performance piece ‘At Swim, Two Boys’. It will be accompanied by ‘The Beautiful’, featuring contemporary dance and Chinese pole elements and the 2012 Innovation Prize Winner at Domefest, USA, ‘The Sublime’, which explores break-dance and parkour styles.

The Dance Dome starts the summer tour outside the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay on the 5th and 6th of July as part of Big Dance Festival. Screenings are every 45 minutes between 12pm and 8 pm on the Saturday and 12pm and 6 pm on the Sunday. It is free entry to all.

This tour has been made possible through the support of Coreo Cymru and the Arts Council of Wales.

For additional information about the Dance Dome and programme details please visit:


5TH AND 6TH JULY. CARDIFF. Wales Millennium Centre as part of Big Dance.

12TH AND 13TH JULY. SWANSEA. National Waterfront Museum as part of Swansea Dance Days.

25TH, 26TH and 27TH JULY. HARLECH. Theatre Harlech.

9TH AUGUST. BRECON. The Dance Dome will be part of Street Alive Festival.

22nd and 23rd ABERYSTWYTH. Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

7TH AND 8TH NOVEMBER, NEWPORT. The Riverfront Arts and Theatre as part of Discover Dance Festival.

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