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Dance Days 2022 

Saturday 9th July - Sunday 10th July | Taliesin Live

Swansea city , and around Marina  

Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 July 


Our 17th year, of Swansea's must-see, Free International Dance Festival, enjoy a free dance festival this summer across the city! 

Once again, Taliesin brings together performers from across the UK and beyond, dancing alongside local dance groups, in a world-class dance festival.

This year, Taliesin brings dance performance outside to you, across two weekends. You will be able to enjoy Taliesin’s Dance Days in Cwmdonkin Park, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June, and we head to the city centre on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July.

No booking necessary for Dance Days 2022. Simply turn up on the day and  enjoy all there is to offer  for FREE. 

View programme for: DANCE DAYS Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 June - Cwmdonkin Park


Swansea city, Marina & National Waterfront Museum  |  Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 July

Stopgap Dance Company Frock

Saturday 9 July [13:25pm & 16:20pm] & Sunday 10 July [14:00pm  & 16:15pm]

Six striking dancers collide in an uplifting dance riot.

In this eccentric outdoor dance performance, experience playful observations of the yesteryears that explode into a punkish celebration of individuality and difference.

Brace yourself for an uplifting dance riot…

Six striking dancers revel in the 21st Century freedoms of self-identity. There is a clash of eras, a collision of dancers and a blend of genders. Frock invites you to think about your unconscious bias on personal identity and acceptable appearance. Featuring some virtuosic performance from Stopgap’s professional inclusive cast, this ‘Punkish’ dance reminds us why difference can and should be celebrated today.

Set to an exclusive art rock soundtrack by Hannah Miller of Moulettes.

www.stopgapdance.com  Facebook @Stopgapdance Twitter @Stopgapdance Instagram stopgapdance


Kitsch & Sync Collective and TeiFi Ceri-Ann Arian!

Saturday 9 July [12:25pm, 14:00pm & 15:30pm]

There’s a new Discount Queen in town! A highly interactive, comedy, musical theatre extravaganza performed in Welsh, exploring the Pink Tax ’phenomenon’, Consumerism and Gender in true Musical Theatre fashion!

A collaboration between Kitsch & Sync Collective and bilingual singer-songwriter, music producer and theatre performer Teifi.

An ‘OpenOut2022’ commission by Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium (WOAC) and Articulture. Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery.

www.kitschandsync.co.uk  Facebook @kitschnsynccollective | Twitter @KitschnSync1 | Instagram @kitschnsync1


Familia de la Noche The Great Insect Games - Trychfilod a'r Campau Campus

Saturday 9 July [13:05pm  & 15:45pm] & Sunday 10 July [13:10pm & 16:00pm]

Flex your muscles and practise your lunges, it's time for the Great Insect Games!

Hosted by our gym junkie grasshoppers you can take part in the hare brained events. Who will win at synchronised swimming, the spider or the slug?! And how will the butterfly fare at weightlifting?! How does a snail wear boxing gloves?

Join us for the gloriously bug infested opening ceremony and sing along to the Insect National Anthem at this fun packed show for all the family.

Created by Familia De La Noche with new music from HMS Morris and produced in association with Wales Millennium Centre, Articulture, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, Theatr Clwyd, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Cardiff Summer of Smiles.

The Great Insect Games is an interactive event, in Welsh and English, suitable for the family to enjoy.

www.familiadelanoche.com   | Facebook Familia de la Noche Theatre Co. | Twitter familiadelanoche |Instragram familiadelanoche


Chinese in Wales Association - Dance Group

Saturday 9 July [14:40pm]

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.


This is a dance from the musical drama Confucius. It is a dance to reflect appreciation of peaceful and harmonious way of living. 

This  dance has been prepared from our Chinese community to pay tribute to the Queen on her historic Platinum Jubilee. 

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

Chinese In Wales Association – We aim to Promote Chinese culture and to foster diversity through educational, cultural and recreational programs and activities that enrich the lives of families in Wales


Just Us Dance Theatre Born to Protest

Saturday 9 July [11:45 AM &  14:50pm] & Sunday 10 July [12:00 PM & 14:55pm]

Born to Protest dismantles presumptions about the black male and female figure based on intimidation, danger and isolation, revealing instead character traits around fragility, vunerability and a constant battle to prove oneself.

Born to Protest is a Stomping Ground commission which is an initiative of The Place, DanceEast, DanceXchange and Greenwich & Docklands International Festival. The work is also supported by Redbridge Drama Centre and the Arts Council England.


www.justusdancetheatre.com  Twitter @JustUs_Dance | Facebook @Justusdancetheatre | Instagram justusdancetheatre


Butetown Arts & Culture Association

Merched y Môr  – by BACA & Rhiannon Mair

Saturday 9 July  [13:00pm]

BACA (Butetown Arts & Culture Association) are inviting the whole of Wales to take part in the iconic Butetown Carnival!

Magical motifs and folk memories from Wales and around the world. A story about desires, choices and consequences through Carnival costume, music and dance.

An ‘OpenOut2022’ commission by Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium (WOAC) and Articulture. Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery.


Isaac-Clarke Dance Academy Silver Swans

Saturday 9 July [11:30 AM & 14:25pm] & Sunday 10 July [11.30am & 13:45pm]

‘It’s never too late to shine.’

Silver Swans is a Royal Academy of Dance initiative, designed to widen access to dance for over 55s through high quality classes delivered by qualified teachers. This is a wonderful opportunity to embrace movement and keep active, and to feel young and joyful.

The holistic experience of moving to wonderful music, with other dancers is at the heart of Silver Swans, and regardless of age, ability, or experience, everyone is welcome.



Circus Eruption Workshops

A Swansea-based youth circus, Circus Eruption presents workshops for all ages at Dance Days 2022.

Visit the circus workshop tent across two weekends for Dance Days 2022. Book a slot, or drop in, and pick up a new skill, with circus workshop leaders. Learn to juggle, spin a plate, diabolo and more!

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

Circus Eruption hold regular workshops for all ages, which are inclusive and accessible and promote development of spatial awareness, coordination, confidence and self-esteem, but above all, encourage having lots of fun!

www.circuseruption.co.uk   Facebook @CircusEruption | Twitter @CircusEruption

Photo: © Philip Rees Photography – Circus Eruption


Srishti - Nina Rajarani Dance Creations Jham!

Sunday 10 July [12:40am & 15:35pm]

Nina Rajarani’s latest outdoor work Jham! is an upbeat, playful and energetic musical  collaboration between dancers and musicians that uses creative improvisation - or “jamming” -   to initiate a rhythmic interplay between classical and modern forms of music and dance.  Jham! has a distinctly contemporary feel, with four musicians - including a beatboxer, a  saxophonist and a traditional Karnatik vocalist - performing alongside four Kathak and  Bharatanatyam dancers.

Artistic Director of Srishti, Nina Rajarani MBE is an award-winning choreographer of  classical Indian dance with 30 years’ experience as a dance-maker. She fuels traditions of  Bharatanatyam and Kathak with contemporary artistic practice and ideas.



Theatr Iolo and Kitsch & Sync HOOF!

Sunday 10 July [11:45am & 14:35pm]

A magical outdoor show for all the family 

Three little deer make an unexpected discovery when they stumble across an old, abandoned theatre in the woods. Investigating their new find, this cheeky trio quickly find themselves in the spotlight and treading the boards for the very first time! Will the toe-tapping friends be able to bring the long-forgotten theatre back to life? Or will the lights be turned off forever?


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Richard Chappell Dance Silence Between Waves

Sunday 10 July [13:00pm & 15:00pm]

Richard Chappell Dance’s seminal work Silence Between Waves returns for the first time since premiering in 2019 with a large-scale outdoor performance at the Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea as part of Dance Days 2022.

Silence Between Waves takes inspiration from Richard’s memories and experiences of growing up on the South Devon coast. Connecting two places together through a conversation between movement and sound, Silence Between Waves has been specially designed to be performed on outdoor coastal areas by an international and local cast. A poignant exploration of our connection to home, distance and otherness, this flowing and compelling work is set to a soundscape of stories from local people about their relationship to the area and being part of a coastal community.

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