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.