Dance Days Digital
Saturday 3rd July - Sunday 25th July | Taliesin
Dance Days Digital 2021
from Saturday 3 July, throughout July
For the 16th edition of Swansea’s FREE International Dance Festival, Taliesin goes “local” and digital! This year, as well as the return of Taliesin's outdoor festival, Dance Days, you can enjoy a programme of inline events and workshops, for all the family to get involved.
Traditional and contemporary, hip hop and acrobatic, this year’s online programme features a variety of dance and workshops for all ages.
Tickets required for Dance Days' online workshops.
COUNTY YOUTH DANCE COMPANY: Space as Interface
Inspiration, as always, comes from the spaces we perform in. CYDC take you on a tour around the buildings - drawing inspiration from the spaces and the themes around us - of industry, the sea and grandeur.
Space as Interface, allows you to look at the spaces and the movement from different perspectives - the camera makes the choices!
CYDC are so pleased to be invited to make a work for this year's Digital Dance Days. We want to say a BIG thank you to our wonderful dancers who despite all the challenged over the past year have continued working hard (on Zoom) their positivity, commitment and dedication is awesome.
This project would not have happened without the continued support of Taliesin, WGYTC, YMCA Swansea and Swansea University Film Crew.
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.
This is an online event open to all (no need to book).
Online from 3 July www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk
Follow CYDC: Facebook @countyyouthdancecompany | Twitter @cydc1 | Instagram @county_youth_dance_company
CIA MAR GOMEZ & CIA VERO CENDOYA : Aloha from Hawaii
IN 1973, THE ALMIGHTY ELVIS PRESLEY STARRED IN ALOHA FROM HAWAII, THE FIRST CONCERT IN HISTORY THAT WAS BROADCAST VIA SATELLITE AND REACHED AN AUDIENCE OF 1500 MILLION PEOPLE.
A show that talks about the need for two women to be valued in a man's world, and be adored by 1,500 million people. Two women wearing the trousers of the most powerful man of all time: Elvis Presley.
Two women emerge from a pink limousine. They find themselves in the exact moment which confirmed the greatness of Elvis as an artist: his mega concert in Honolulu. Two empowered women - finally they're the ones "wearing the trousers". Seeking to bathe themselves in the admiration of the crowds, fed up with self-help books, of asking for respect and affection, they throw caution to the wind but it is not long before they see the true realities of life in the limelight.
Aloha from Hawaii is a scathing tribute to the human need to feel powerful and loved without limits, ultimately revealing both naivety and tenderness.
This is an online event open to all (no need to book). Online from 3 July www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk
Cia Mar Gómez was created in Barcelona in 1992 and has been creating and performing worldwide for almost 30 years. They mix a personal choreographic language with some characteristic traits such as theatricality, narrative ability, poetical images, gesture, a strong physicality and above all, a great sense of humour. The company’s indoor and outdoor shows have always provoked an extraordinary complicity with the audience.
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Follow Cia Mar Gómez: Facebook | Twitter @CiaMARGOMEZ @CiaVEROCENDOYA
Qwerin brings Welsh folk dance and Queer culture together, with an original sound-score by Bafta award-winning composers and a contemporary twist on traditional Welsh costumes, in a folkloric celebration of culture and identity.
West-Walian dance artist Osian Meilir highlights the value of shared experiences and finding community through a newly commissioned outdoor work for three dancers.
Commissioned by the Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium through Articulture Wales with additional support from National Dance Company Wales. Film produced by Taliesin Arts Centre as part of Dance Days Digital. Qwerin, is also featured as part of PRIDE at the National Waterfront Museum, Museum Stage 17-18 July
Follow OSIAN MEILIR: Facebook @meilir.ioan | Instagram @osianmeilir
TUDUR PHILLIPS: Clocsio & Clocsffit
Double Guinness World Record holder, Tudur treats us to a range of workshops in clog dancing and his exhilarating, clogging for fitness! Both involving clog classic dancing moves.
Tudur is a well known presenter and actor on S4C kids programmes.
Full of energy, he enjoys sharing his enjoyment of clocsio.
Suitable for all ages, just do what you can! Get all the family moving!
Tudur’s workshops will be bilingual, in Welsh and English, for everyone to follow.
Follow Tudur Phillips Twitter @twudur
Online Workshop: Musicality & Scale
Online Workshop: Voice
Online Workshop: Movement & Text
These workshops are delivered by Anthony Matsena & Kel Matsena, Co-Artistic Directors of award-winning company, Matsena Productions. The Swansea raised brothers are delivering three workshops that give an insight into their practice. The first is a dance workshop that focuses on musicality & scale. The second workshop is a deep dive into voice work and how to use breath in your creative dance practice. The third workshop blends the two art forms of movement & text. Words and a simple soundscape are used to direct the body into moving past your potential.
This unique approach of movement & text is a hallmark of Matsena Productions and has awarded them critical acclaim from The Guardian, The New York Times, The Scotsman, etc. for their work with BBC, Sadlers Wells, Messums Wiltshire, Taliesin and many other organisations.
We hope you enjoy the workshops and discover something new and exciting about the wonderful world of dance & performance.