Just when the school term ends and everyone is talking holidays, many dance companies are gearing up for summer schools, festivals and European touring, and FFIN DANCE is just one of those such companies.
For the past few weeks, the company has been recruiting and planning the new A Level Dance course that will commence in September, finalising the timetable and content last Friday. There are still some places left, please contact us if you would like to be considered.
Next week, I am commissioned by Blaenau Gwent Arts Development to make a new work for the senior summer dance school, a privilege and pleasure to which I am looking forward immensely. I started the summer school many years ago now and I’m glad to see that it has grown and developed into one of the best summer dance schools in Wales – offering great value and expert tuition all in one package.
Then the company is off to Germany once again. Our associate choreographer Gary Lambert is curating a dance festival at the wonderful Schloss Burg Namedy in Andernach, hosted by the Princess Heide von Hohenzollern. We will be performing our triple bill Inspired in the amazing castle spiegelsaal (hall of mirrors) which will be the last time that we perform this bill. Last summer we received 3 encores after each performance – a tough act to follow!
FFIN DANCE Synapsequence Choreography: Gary Lambert Image Laura Mumby
And my thoughts now turn to the new season for 2014, commencing work in the studio in September. The company says goodbye to dancer Adam Murphy and we welcome recently graduated dancer Catrin Lewis. Catrin is no new-comer to the company: she has performed with our 2nd company ffin2 and also served her apprenticeship with us back in 2008. She was invited by Gary Lambert to perform in his work Synapsequence last season when she was on work placement with the company, making such an impression that we snapped her up immediately on her graduation from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music earlier this month.
We will be platforming her latest work Stand Up Straight as part of our new triple bill for 2014
So no rest just yet, wheels keep rolling at the FFIN machine. We’ll be blogging from Germany, please join us and keep in touch with our shenanigans …
And so after an incredible opening to our tour at Laban Theatre, London this week, we turn our thoughts to performances next week at Coleg Morgannwg in Nantgarw and Canolfan Ucheldre in Holyhead. The 2 extreme ends of Wales – one in Cardiff and the other on the lovely island of Anglesey.
Coleg Morgannwg is a new venture for us. The college has recently opened a brand new building on its campus which houses among other things, a new theatre.
We are proud to say that we are the first professional dance company to be programmed there! We are hoping to build up an audience for watching dance at this venue.
Canolfan Ucheldre is a venue that we have visited for the past 6 years. We have performed at this beautiful former convent on the island each year in March around Easter time. Mike Gould, the manager at the centre, looks after us very well and the audience keeps coming back for more of our work year after year. While we are on the island, we work with the students of the Barton Academy of Dance and Drama, for whom we make a piece of choreography that is performed as a curtain raiser for our performance. We also work with the performing arts students at Holyhead High School. This year we will be expanding the educational work that we do by working with children at the Jesse Hughes Youth Club.
I’ve been trying to catch up in the office since returning from London and wading my way through the ever increasing list of things to do. Finally getting there I think.
Yesterday evening I met with Jaime Devine one of the Directors of Tudor Brewery in Abertillery, Wales. Tudor Brewery is a family-run artisan business that follows the pattern of a cottage industry. Watch this space for future links between FFIN DANCE and this amazing company.
And so, for the next few days, I am busy organising the coming week, hope you can join us in South or North Wales for the next part of the Inspired Tour 2013