Wales Dance Platform put contemporary moves at the top of the agenda

Published
29/06/2015 by

Audiences thrilled to three days of dance as choreographers, performers and photographers showed off their latest work during the Wales Dance Platform.

Comprising of three days of performance, film and photography from more than 40 independent dance artists, it was launched at Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre and continued at the city's Chapter Arts Centre before concluding at The Riverfront in Newport.

There was a wide range of dance styles on offer, from light-hearted comedy pieces such as Alex Marshall Parsons' Gary and Pel and Hudson and Haf's Wimmin, to more contemporary pieces from choreographers Jem Treays and Phil Williams, as well as African dancing from Ballet Nimba, traditional Bharatanatyam from Vibha Selvaratnam and integrated circus skills from the likes of Up and Over It and Jukebox Collective.

There was even dancing on the horizontal when Kate Lawrence and Despina Goula combined their rock climbing skills with their choreographic talent to perform a dance routine down the side of Riverfront's front wall.

The captured image of dance was also represented in an exhibition from former dancer Roy Campbell-Moore, whose work exposes an unsentimental image of dance.

Of the many dances presented, there were intimate pieces such as The Creative Act by Christopher Owen from North Wales, Herstory from Zosia Jo and the challenging solo piece I Think Not? from Anushiye Yarnell.

Even filmed dance had a platform at the three-day event, with shorts from West Wales' Simon Whitehead, North Walian Wren Ball, and Chloe Loftus, whose Taking Flight was funded by the Kevin Spacey Foundation.

There was also a chance for writers to discuss how important it is that the arts - whether it's dance or another art form - is reviewed and critiqued by independent voices, and that those voices are given a platform on which to air their opinions.