European Aerial Dance Festivals

European Aerial Dance Festivals

In 2014 I was lucky enough to be invited to work on two of the main European Aerial Dance Festivals, on in Brittany, France and the other in Brighton in the UK.  Both were very busy periods but immensely rewarding....
The Gathering/Yr Helfa 2014

The Gathering/Yr Helfa 2014

Rigging and Performance on a different scale Working with The National Theatre of Wales, this outdoor project was situated in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. Our main challenge was a 200m+ counterbalance up and down a steep red-carpeted disused mining...
Ynghlwm/Roped Together (2011)

Ynghlwm/Roped Together (2011)

This is a counter-balance duet that I rigged and performed in with Kate Lawrence.  This was originally commissioned by the Galeri, Caernarfon for the interval of book lecture tour presented by mountaineer Andy Kirkpatrick.  This was performed in the main foyer of the Galeri with the audience on several levels in the ‘round’. The piece has been shown several times in the same space and also as part of a literature and arts festival held at Venue Cymru in Llandudno in January 2014.  As far as rigging goes this was quite straight...
C’laen ta! (2012)

C’laen ta! (2012)

This was a community based project working with Theatr Genedlaethol on a housing estate in Caernarfon.  Performances by the teenagers from the estate and professional dancers where held on the exterior walls of the local primary school and 13th century church tower (Yglwys Llanbeblig).  Special permissions were required to perform on the church with great care being taken to protect the ancient and delicate...
Riding Thunder (2013)

Riding Thunder (2013)

Here I worked with Theatr Bara Caws during a development project for a proposed theatre show based on the true story of an aircraft pilot who found himself parachuting through a violent storm after ejecting from his damaged aircraft. The concept involved teaching harness skills to actors then to develop a ‘flying’ sequence on stage.  This was an unusual ‘brief’ with the need to develop and evolve ‘flying’ systems that were sympathetic with the original...