I visited Chapter in Cardiff on Thursday evening having come down from Liverpool that day to see Ffin Dance perform. This is a marvellous venue. I’d love to have something as buzzing and lively nearby.
I have to express an interest as my niece Effie is in the company, but I want to say what a fantastic show this was. I am not used to seeing contemporary dance but do regularly go to music and theatre events. I was really surprised and absorbed by the beauty and sheer physical exhuberance and joy in the flexibility of the body which the performances demonstrated. Having read the programme notes beforehand I was trying also to understand the interpretation of the narrative thread and this made it an experience which required incredible focus and attention to the extent that I was always amazed when each piece came to an end.
The solo (Degrees of Freedom) in which the decline of flexibility and ease of movement gradually comes to a dancer’s body was very moving.
All the pieces were stunning. I am so grateful to Ffin Dance for introducing me to a new creative experience.
Our performance at Chapter in Cardiff last night, saw a full stop on the UK dates of our current triple bill – Inspired.
The audience feedback and comments that we have received have been amazing this year, with many of you saying that it’s the best bill that you have seen us perform to date.
The bill certainly is a mixed one this season, with a balance of work that has been very carefully planned. We hope that there is something for everyone in it. We at FFIN DANCE are very proud that we stay true to our artistic ideals without having to jump through the proverbial hoops of tick boxes et al.
The journey of our 3 pieces has been interesting and thoroughly enjoyable; watching work take on its own persona is one of the most exciting aspects of my role as Artistic Director, one that I will always relish. From the opening of our show in March (Laban Theatre) to the closing last night in Cardiff, the pieces have been pruned, cut back, blossomed and flourished. All the while, being true to the choreographer’s intentions, but also giving and trusting the work to our wonderful team of dancers.
Our team have worked incredibly hard in making Inspired such a success, I’d like to thank them for going well beyond the call of duty, I am truly blessed to have such people to work alongside and big huge thanks to John F Wake for giving so freely of his work to us.
Thanks also to the support that has been given to us by our Board of Directors, our FFIN Friends, fans and followers.
And now a weekend of reflection and sunshine and then on to planning the next season – exciting and challenging, always changing ..
Wagons rolling on to our last UK date for our current tour Inspired.
On Thursday June 6th we will be performing at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, our only performance in the Welsh capital, so we hope you can join us.
The tour has exceeded our expectations in every way, with increased audience numbers in each venue and also great audience feedback – very often leading to impromptu post performance chats in the bar afterwards! At The Met in Abertillery, Effie and I had the pleasure of such chat with our sponsors from Tudor Brewery, and also past school students of mine from Ebbw Vale, a great ending to an excellent show.
We have heard of the sad passing of Adam’s grandmother recently and out thoughts and prayers go to him and his family at this time.
After our Chapter gig, we will be planning our visit to Germany; for the second year in succession Princess Heide von Hohenzollern has invited us to perform at Burg Namedy in the beautiful Rhineland. More about that next month.
We hope you can get along to our last UK performance of Inspired, and join us for a chat on June 6th, please let us know what you think of the show.