Taliesin Live - Dance Days - Saturday 30th June 11am - 5.00pm




Dance Days

Taking place in and around the National Waterfront Museum Taliesin’s seventh annual dance festival this year brings free dance performances to Swansea as part of Adain Avion, part of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

This year’s festival features a colourful promenade through the city with Willi Dorner Cie’s Bodies in Urban Spaces in which twenty dancers and freerunners explore their urban surroundings. Swiss choreographer Philippe Saire will collaborate with eight of Swansea Bowling Club’s oldest and youngest members to perform a new live choreography based on his 2008 short film, La Boule d'Or which will be performed on the bowling green in Victoria Park. We will of course see the return of festival regulars, County Youth Dance Company, and many more.

Download your event flyer here: DanceDays 2012


This year, Taliesin's annual festival of dance in unexpected places, takes place as part of Adain Avion.





Photographs by Phil Rees, Lisa Rastl

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Participating Artists

Willi Dorner

Philippe Saire & Victoria Bowling Club

Primary Dance Project

Citrus Arts

Eddie Ladd

Rachael Mossom

County Youth Dance Company


Saturday 30th June.

This year Dance Days comes to Swansea as part of Adain Avion, Wales’ biggest contribution to the London 2012 Festival, the Cultural Olympiad.


Performances taking place in and around The National Waterfront Museum, as well as a world renowned promenade performance which explores the city, ending at the plane.


Dance Days is an outdoor festival of dance performances in non-theatre spaces, continuing Swansea city’s relationship with an international network of urban dance festivals, alongside cities such as Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro and Manchester.

Taliesin’s seventh Dance Days Festival presents a spectacular day of performance in the most unexpected places, once more bringing an exciting variety of free dance performance to Swansea, joining a worldwide network of festivals of dance in urban places. With internationally renowned artists to a wealth of home-grown talent – Dance Days 2012 is sure to bring out the sunshine for Swansea this Saturday.

This year’s festival includes a world renowned performance created by Austrian choreographer Willi Dorner. This world-renowned performance will have its Welsh premiere as part of Dance Days with 20 performers, a combination of professional dancers and members of local youth groups such as free runners, gymnasts, climbers or martial artists.

‘Bodies in urban Spaces’ is a moving, performing trail which leads the audience through unseen and re-discovered spaces, encouraging them to reflect on their urban surroundings.

As bodies are temporarily squeezed, arranged, balanced and rearranged along the route, the rules and restrictions of the urban environment are explored and perceived in a unique way – on the run!

The trail will incorporate Dyffaty flats, High St, Castle Square and wind-up in, on and around the plane in a spectacular fashion. ‘Bodies in Urban Spaces’ has been around the world, from Helsinki to Texas, and now comes to Wales for the first time and Swansea is the elected city for this extraordinary event!

Local favourites, County Youth Dance Company have been involved in Dance Days from the very beginning some seven years ago. Together with professional choreographers, Helen Parlor (Parlor Dance) and Marso Riviere (Company Decalage), they will produce an exciting dance performance based on their environment, which this year will involve the DC-9! 

Dance Days also features the Primary Dance Project, this year, entitled, Flight Paths. Local Primary Schools, Cwm Glas, Blaenymaes, Cadle, St Helen’s and Seaview work with professional choreographer Mandy Clayfi eld, to create, perform and amaze. Following a performance on Taliesin’s stage earlier in June, over 180 young participants will perform in front of the plane.


Don’t miss Taliesin’s outdoor dance festival Saturday 30th June which has now become a must-do on the summer calendar!


Taliesin Arts Centre’s Sybil Crouch explains the motivation for the festival:


“Taliesin has developed an audience for dance over the past 14 years and we are always looking to do new things and develop the interest in dance in the city. Building on our commitment to showcase and celebrate contemporary dance, together with our commitment to international work & to develop audiences, we planned Dance Days. Thanks to a lot of hard work, and some of the best weather Swansea has ever seen, the last three events were great successes. This year we’ve got greater involvement with our partners at the National Waterfront Museum, enabling us to host more companies throughout the building and grounds, and from the City and County of Swansea who are providing us with staging in Castle Square – helping to give performances there a really high profile. By taking dance out of a theatrical space, and by involving community dance groups as well as artistes of international renown we can create a real thirst for dance in Swansea. We’re now just hoping for some more of that sunshine, but have also planned plenty of sheltered performances just in case!”


 The fun can be found at the National Waterfront Museum on Saturday 30th June 11 – 5pm. For updates on Taliesin Dance Days visit www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk  or www.adainavion.org or contact Taliesin Arts Centre on 01792 60 20 60 to request a free leaflet featuring a schedule and map. All Adain Avion events are free.


Taliesin Dance Days is coordinated by Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre, making Swansea part of a global network of dancing cities. For more information on cities that dance around the world visit www.cqd.info

Download your DanceDays2012 schedule here.: events/2012/DanceDays2012.indd.pdf