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14th Edition


Swansea's FREE International Dance Festival

Saturday 13 - Sunday 14 JULY from 11am to 6pm


Founded in 1991 as the first integrated youth circus in the UK, Circus Eruption are a young person centred charity with diversity inclusion, equality and fun at its heart. They use circus skills as a vehicle to challenge self-perceived and imposed limits enabling people to realise and believe in their own potential and the potential of others.

Participate in a two-hour workshop (you can drop in and drop out anytime during the session) and learn to juggle, spin a plate, diabolo and more!

Sunday 14 July 11am - 1pm (drop in and out anytime)

National Waterfront Museum (marina market area)


Follow Circus Eruption: Facebook @CircusEruption | Twitter @CircusEruption

Photo: © Philip Rees Photography – Circus Eruption

Made up of Welsh artists Kylie Ann Smith and Kim Noble, and based in Cardiff, Kitsch & Sync Collective fuse different dance genres, characters and prop work to create unique and eclectic dance theatre shows.

Kitsch & Sync Collective present Cirque Des Misérables.

Roll Up, roll up, for the utterly dismal, mesmerizingly moribund and sorry affair that is 'Cirque Des Misérables'. Prepare to be completely underwhelmed as our tepid trio will attempt to titillate you, with a trick or two (maybe just the two)... something vaguely entertaining with balloon modelling and tiny dog taming!

Saturday 13 July, Castle Square:

1.45pm & 3.40pm

Sunday 14 July, National Waterfront Museum:

1.30pm, 2.40pm & 4.25pm


Follow Kitsch & Sync: Facebook @kitschnsynccollective | Twitter @KitschnSync1 | Instagram @kitschnsync1

Photo: © Kitsch & Sync Collective Cirque Des Misérables

Folk Dance Remixed brings together dance and music from folk traditions from England and around the world and blends them with contemporary street dance styles and hip-hop beats to create a unique, inclusive, high energy fusion.

- Enjoy a quirky and colourful collision of dance and music styles in a 30-minute performance around an actual 12’ Maypole. STEP HOP HOUSE features a diverse cast of six dancers and three musicians. The work combines Maypole, Clogging, Ceilidh, Street, House and Breakdance with a hint of African dance and Bollywood to a live soundtrack of fiddle, bass, percussion and beat boxing.

- Participate in a 30-minute workshop! Adult and child participants of all ages have the chance to learn a funky routine to live music, whilst creating wraps and ripples, waves and breaks in classic maypole moves such as the Chrysanthemum Wrap and the Twister around the Maypole. Click here for more booking information.

- Get on your feet with CEILIDH JAM Social Dance! Folk Dance Remixed gets the crowd on its feet and dancing a unique, funked-up folky ceilidh, to a foot-stomping, beat boxing, big live music sound. With vibrant hosts and traditional style calling, folk formations are remixed using legendary moves and freestyle grooves – from Soul Train Line to Lucy 7, Strip the Willow and Electric Slide. Everyone welcome. No need to book just turn up!

Saturday 13 July, Castle Square:

- Step Hop House: 1pm & 2.30pm

- Workshop: 3pm

- Ceilidh Jam: 4pm


Follow Folk Dance Remixed: Facebook @FolkDanceRemixed | Twitter @folkdanceremixd

Photo: © DecoPublique/Folk Dance Remixed

Created by Anthony Missen and Kevin Edward Turner Company Chameleon makes original and inspiring dance theatre in Manchester and performs across the UK and the world. As a result, they have introduced thousands of young people, from countries all over the world, to a different side of dance and movement.

Company Chameleon presents AMARANTHINE. Pronounced am·a·ran·thine. Adj. Eternally beautiful and unfading; everlasting.

Gripping and raw, Amaranthine is a highly physical and fast paced male and female duet, which tells the story of two people who are deeply in love, and in conflict.

As the couple desperately try to reconnect and find resolution, the pushes and pulls of disagreement and heated argument are felt, as is the appreciation of space, understanding and eventually acceptance.

Combining a rich mix of dance styles, the movement is both powerful and risk taking, drawing from an amalgamation of dance techniques including contemporary dance, bboying, capoeira and partner work.

Intricate, emotionally charged and with an absorbing soundtrack, Amaranthine promises a magnetic dance experience that will leave you mesmerised.

Saturday 13 July, National Waterfront Museum:

12.50pm & 3.05pm

Sunday 14 July, National Waterfront Museum:

2.15pm & 4.50pm


Follow Company Chameleon: Facebook @companychameleon | Twitter @chameleon_info

Photo: © Company Chameleon Amaranthine

2Faced Dance Company produces innovative, accomplished and aspirational artistic performance and participation programmes alongside a captivating community dance programme that truly reflects the landscape in which they are based, allowing them to tell new and original stories, generating distinctive new work, whilst striving to stay relevant to their audiences.

2Faced Dance Company presents MOON, a fully accessible, spectacular outdoor dance and circus production for families.

Follow Jack as he meets The Moon and together they embark on an amazing adventure; what secrets and surprises will they discover on their quest? Watch Jack’s world come to life with chalk, aerial hoop, breathtaking dance and a whole host of mess and mayhem.

MOON contains British Sign Language, audio description and incorporates touch tours of the set for people who are blind and partially sighted. Advance booking is now open for the touch tour. More information here.

Saturday 13 July, National Waterfront Museum:

1.15pm (touch tour from 12.45pm to 1pm) & 3.50pm

Sunday 14 July, National Waterfront Museum:

12.40pm (touch tour from 12.10pm to 12.25pm) & 3.25pm


Follow 2Faced Dance Company: Facebook @2faceddance | Twitter @2faceddance | Instagram @2faceddance

Photo: © 2Faced Dance Moon

KAPOW is a performance company working in dance, physical theatre and circus. They want to share the joy of imagination, physical storytelling and the moving body with audiences. Kapow is the creation of Beth Powlesland and Eithne Kane.

KAPOW presents CLIMB THE CITY, a promenade performance where the audience will be taken on a 40-minute journey. Scenes unfold, inviting the audience into the exciting world of climbing.

The strong physicalities of circus, dance, parkour and climbing are teamed with vibrant costumes and a specially curated soundtrack creating a feeling of celebration and camaraderie between the climbers and the audience. They climb the walls, climb one another, get lost, find themselves and inspire anyone who’s watching to get outside and play. There will be comedy, fear, camaraderie, support and bravery. Whether you are a climber or not, this production will speak to everyone about reaching our potential, about humanity, fragility and friendship.

Advance booking is available.  Click here for more booking information.

Saturday 13 July, from LC Swansea/National Waterfront Museum Car Park:

1.05pm & 4.15pm

Sunday 14 July, from LC Swansea/National Waterfront Museum Car Park:

11.40am & 3.40pm


Follow KAPOW: Facebook @kapowdance | Twitter @kapowdance | Instagram @kapowdance

Photo: © KAPOW Dance – Climb the City

Blaze Tarsha is a talented and versatile performer that brings a special and unique presence to any performance. Specialising in rotating hoop, Blaze has performed across the UK, Europe and internationally. She studied at Circomedia where she specialised in aerial and physical theatre. Along with rotating aerial hoop she has done extensive training and performing hula hoop, corde lisse and is an accomplished singer.

Just More Productions presents DO WHAT YAH MAMA TOLD YAH!. A feast of food fusion and storytelling across geography and generations, in this vibrant comedy circus show.

International contemporary circus artist Blaze and touring circus chef and performer Fatina are Mother and Daughter in a plate spinning, food juggling, fire blazing show, bringing the family kitchen and its recipes from the world to life. Join them on their joyous journey to its epic hula hooping finale!

Commissioned by Wales Outdoor Arts Commissioning Consortium. Supported via Articulture by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery.

Saturday 13 July, National Waterfront Museum:

2.35pm & 4.15pm


Follow Blaze Tarsha on Facebook @Blazetarshacircus

Photo: © Jack Hunter Just More Company


A puppet's first breath, an audience captivated, the puppeteer fades. Ruby Gibbens is a Puppet Designer and Maker based in Cardiff who studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Using non-verbal visual storytelling and improvised performing, she gives life to the puppets she makes. This fragile being, kept alive by the puppeteer, can tell stories that are complex, beautiful and funny.

Ruby Gibbens presents THE HUNT FOR THE TWRCH TRWYTH, a retelling of a traditional tale in modern settings.

A formidable boar is loose in Wales; young King Arthur, the lovable and occasionally useless hero pursues it. Arthur is desperate for crowd appreciation and his attempts to attack are theatrical and comedic but nearly always thwarted by the cunning beast. Will he find victory? Watch this powerful and beautiful creature gallop, sniff, growl, jump, canter and charge, and get a glimpse into the mythological history of Wales.

Commissioned by Wales Outdoor Arts Commissioning Consortium. Supported via Articulture by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery.

Sunday 14 July, National Waterfront Museum:

12.10pm, 1.55pm & 3.50pm


Follow Ruby Gibbens on Instagram @rubygibbenspuppetry

Photo: © Ruby Gibbens The Hunt for the Twrch Trwyth

Joss Arnott Dance is an internationally touring, cutting edge, classical contemporary dance company based in West Yorkshire led by Artistic Director Joss Arnott. The company’s productions consist of an athletic, technically brilliant cast of extraordinary dancers, aiming to excite and inspire its audiences regardless of their dance experience and knowledge through Arnott’s stunning and dynamic classical contemporary choreographic style.

Joss Arnott Dance present PULSE!, a brand-new dance and live music experience created for the streets.

Performed entirely around a unique 3.5m high percussion wheel, designed by Eleanor Bull and engineered by Rolls-Royce this adrenaline-fuelled dance and live music production is a combination of rhythmical flare and heart-in-mouth choreography for all the family to enjoy. Arnott’s athletic and unique movement language has been described as “exquisite to watch” (The Stage), “masterful” (Varsity) and “the perfect tonic for British Contemporary Dance” (Londonist).

Joss Arnott Dance offer two stay-and-play sessions for young people to meet the cast and learn some of the elements they will watch during the performance. No need to book just turn up! More information here.

PULSE! also contains audio description. Download the track here.

Saturday 13 July, National Waterfront Museum:

1.50pm (stay-and-play session from 2.10pm to 2.25pm) & 5.25pm

Sunday 14 July, National Waterfront Museum:

1.05pm (stay-and-play session from 1.25pm to 1.40pm) & 5.15pm


Follow Joss Arnott Dance: facebook.com/jossarnottdance | Twitter @jossarnottdance | Instagram @jossarnottdance

Photo: © Joss Arnott Dance Pulse!

County Youth Dance Company, CYDC, is a youth dance company that promotes contemporary dance for students aged 14-21, building on the work of the nationally renowned West Glamorgan Youth Dance Company (WGYDC). The work of the company aims to develop young dancers' skills through an educational structure involving technique and creative practice. Taliesin Arts Centre is a major partner and a champion for the work of the company.

CYDC present a fifteen-minute piece of contemporary dance at Dance Days this year, showcasing the talent of their young dancers.

You don't want to miss this!

Saturday 13 July, National Waterfront Museum:

12.30pm, 3.30pm & 5.05pm

Sunday 14 July, National Waterfront Museum:

11.50am, 3.05pm & 5.40pm


Follow CYDC: Facebook @countyyouthdancecompany | Twitter @cydc1 | Instagram @county_youth_dance_company

Photo: © Philip Rees Photography – County Youth Dance Company


Chinese in Wales Association Dance Group is composed of dancers from Swansea's Chinese community. They are all amateurs, but they are passionate about dance and love promoting and showcasing the Chinese culture around them.

Chinese in Wales Association Dance Group presents a traditional Chinese dance called "FengZheng Wu", which means "Kite's mistake" - a love story featuring a kite as one of the lovers.

This is a not-to-be-missed traditional Chinese dance piece!

Sunday 14 July, National Waterfront Museum:

11.30am & 12.30pm

Photo: © Chinese in Wales Association Dance Group


The Crossing Borders Dance Group formed as part of a National Heritage Lottery Funded Project led by Ify Iwobi explores how each person’s heritage and culture influences their interpretation of music and dance.

The medley of different dance pieces has been developed within this project, choreographed by Roselynn Mwembwe and Richard Nkata.

Saturday 13 July, National Waterfront Museum:

12.15pm & 2.25pm

Photo: © Crossing Borders Dance Group

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