Roots – Modern Dance

Dancers from National Dance Company Wales have been visiting local young people in Pontypridd to teach them some of the moves from their forthcoming tour Roots, which will be visiting The Muni Arts Centre on 8th November.

Young dancers have been learning moves from the dances that they’ll see on stage performed by NDCWales’ professionals.

Roots is a guided tour through contemporary dance – with the National company for Wales visiting smaller venues across the country, including Carmarthen, Ystradgynlais, Pwllheli, Cardiff, Pontypridd and Mold.

Roots takes some of NDCWales’ favourite pieces of dance and combines them with anecdotes and insights of how they were made to help audiences get to the heart of the stories.

Each dance piece is a bite-sized short story and different from the one before it, some have been created by choreographers based here in Wales and others by artists who are famous across the world.

Bernadette by NDCWales’ resident choreographer Caroline Finn is like watching the outtakes from Great British Bake off, both hilarious and really, very tragic. This piece of comedic dance is very messy, both physically and emotionally: flour and feelings everywhere.

Omertá by Cardiff-based Matteo Marfoglia is about the role of women in Italian Mafia families, it’s dark and liberating with powerful music and beautiful black lace costumes.

The Company are thrilled to be visiting The Muni Arts Centre, which since being saved by the community has become a central hub for culture in Pontypridd. They are excited work with more local groups in the run up to the show in November; and introduce people who dance performance who might not have previously had a chance to experience it live.

For further information about NDCWales, Roots and its participation programme please visit ndcwales.co.uk or book here.


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