News: British Dance Edition in Wales, 2016

Thursday 26 November 2015 by Carmel Smith

Motionhouse. Photo: Katja Orgin

British Dance Edition, the biennial showcase of UK dance is taking place in Wales for the first time next year. The event is organised by Coreo Cymru, a newly formed consortium and will take place across four venues in Cardiff and Newport – Chapter, Wales Millennium Centre, National Dance Company Wales’ Dance House and The Riverfront, from 15 – 18 March 2016.

The programme, announced this week, includes work by thirty six UK based companies– including Motionhouse, Hofesh Shechter and Ockham’s Razor and a strong contingent from Wales, including Eddie Ladd and National Dance Company Wales. The independent dance sector will be well represented, with emerging companies like Project O, Igor and Moreno, Lost Dog and Robbie Synge taking part.

Although primarily an industry-focused platform for promoters and presenters from the UK, and across the globe – up to 375 delegates will be taking part – there will also be five performances on public sale at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff and The Riverfront in Newport offering audiences a chance to experience some of the most exciting UK produced dance. These include two triple bills in the Donald Gordon theatre with work by Russell Maliphant and Candoco; a double bill from rising stars Aakash Odedra and James Cousins and dance theatre from Gary Clarke and Gecko.

Surrounding this packed programme of work is an extensive trade fair representing up 70 British companies, pitches from an additional 11 artists and companies including Shobana Jeyasingh Dance * and *Jasmin Vardimon Company, about their forthcoming productions and ideas. The Business of Dance programme for emerging artists and producers, in partnership with Dance UK and the British Council will also be on offer.

Coreo Cymru’s Carole Blade said: “From the time we heard that Wales had won the 2016 BDE bid we have been carefully selecting and curating the programme to offer promoters a selection of high quality touring works. It has been a challenge narrowing down to the 36 artists and companies from such a vibrant, eclectic and vast field but we’re certain that, with the quality of dance we’re bringing to Wales, this Edition will leave a lasting legacy for the sector in Wales and the rest of the UK.”

Delegate registration is now open and tickets for some performances are on sale now

Photo: Motionhouse, by Katja Orgin

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