Today marks the start of the marketing of our new show The Power Of 3. To celebrate with us, we thought that we would let you in on a preview of the animated film that will be part of Catrin’s new piece d-cay. You can read a little more about d-cay by following this link.
We open the show at our home theatre, The Met in Abertillery, South Wales UK on Friday May 8th at 7.30pm, you can get tickets from the box office by calling 01495 355800 or follow this online link
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Last Saturday was our 5th annual Winter Dance Faktry Festival held at our home base in The Met in Abertillery.
64 community dancers, 10 professional dancers, 2 photographers, 6 volunteers and 3 technicians brought together a showcase performance that ranged from professional dance pieces to works in progress that have been made during community projects over the past term.
We were joined by professional dance companies Ceyda Tanc Dance and Exim Dance, together with our youth groups from the community.
I am delighted to say that we played to a packed house, full not only of excited and supportive parents and friends but also the general public who wanted to come and share our work. The comments and feedback that we have received have been overwhelming with many congratulations on our achievements.
The Festival has grown and developed over the years and each year sees us making new friends and links and truly is a great celebration of our work and commitment to providing opportunities for young dancers and choreographers to stage their work with professional guidance and support.
Easter Dance Faktry Festival 2013 will be our next venture, we look forward to seeing you all again
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We have all been really busy in the past few weeks in rehearsal for the FFIN DANCE WINTER DANCE FAKTRY FESTIVAL 2012.
I have been in rehearsals for two new pieces for the festival and am really excited to show the work we have done in the last few months. It is very exciting to yet again be performing in the winter dance faktry festival as it is a great learning opportunity for me as I wish to go on to profesional training. I will get to watch many profesional and community class pieces and can really see the progression on performance and techinal skills. It is also a great chance to ask the FFIN dancers and other community class dancers questions.
I enjoy participating in the winter dance faktry festival not just to dance and rehearse work, but to watch the profesional pieces and be part of a profesional show.
Ceyda Tanc Dance are working on a new piece for touring in 2012 and 2013, called Volta. Initial inspiration for the piece came from Ceyda’s dad, telling us stories of a walking exercise played in Turkish prisons, named Volta. In pairs, the inmates would walk a short distance side-by-side. When they wanted to turn and walk back, the ‘rule’ was that they have to turn in towards each other. If one turned their back on the other, it was considered as an insult and a betrayal. The tense atmosphere that this creates and the idea of what might happen if one person turned their back on the other, provided impetus for creating movement material Ceyda paired the themes with a type of Turkish folk dance called Kafkas.
This particular form of Turkish dance is very sharp and physically demanding, fitting with the hostile mood of the piece. The company have had two intensive rehearsal weekends to learn and create material. Ceyda taught us various Kafkas phrases, that she had learnt whilst training in a Turkish dance school last year. I think all the dancers noticed the difference from the Zeybek dances that we had learnt for our previous piece Kartal. The Zeybek dances are controlled, repetitive and slower in pace, whereas, although still being precise, the Kafkas dances are fast and powerful. Kafkas includes explosive jumps, quick turns and strong arm movements with interesting rhythms, making it very exciting to perform. It was amazing how Kafkas lent itself to inspiring contemporary movement material.
I think we all enjoyed incorporating the traditional dance movements into contemporary phrases and it created an interesting movement language for the piece. We all worked on solo phrases and created duet material together.
A few new dancers recently joined us, so it was great to work together, adding different personalities and a new dynamic to the company for this piece. We are working towards creating a full length piece for touring next year, but will be performing an excerpt at Ffin Dance’s Winter Dance Faktry Festival at the weekend (Saturday 17th November). We are looking forward to having a little road trip over to Wales, meeting everyone and performing our brand new piece! Exciting times ahead.
I’m preparing for a crazy week ahead. In spite of the fact that FFIN DANCE is not a Dance In Education company, we have a real passion for excellence and high quality in our youth and community programme. I am not ashamed to say that and make no bones about the fact that quality open happens when you care enough to do your best. Sometimes, high expectations can be unfashionable and not trendy, we at FFIN DANCE don’t buy into that philosphy.
At the forthcoming Winter Dance Faktry Festival this Saturday, we are showcasing our community projects with some children who have been dancing for just 3 weeks, together with others who have been dancing a lot longer. However, we still have a very high ask of them. We will be holding a week of intensive rehearsals with them this week.
On Friday and Saturday, our guest companies, Ceyda Tanc Dance and Exim Dance will be coming to Wales to our studio to work with us on production and technical details. We are very much looking forward to welcoming them to our home.
Throughout the week, there will be various blog posts, we hope you’ll join us …
Each year passes and we sit down and plan the diary – and we all agree that one of our highlights of the dance faktry year is the Winter Dance Faktry Festival. As you know the dance faktry is our education and outreach unit of FFIN DANCE, where we undertake vital dance activity in the community. I truly believe that dance can change your life for the good, and in over 30 years experience I have proof of this.
This year we have invited 2 emerging professional dance companies Ceyda Tanc Dance and Exim Dance to present their work in our platform. We are committed to supporting emerging choreographers and dancers and we will be offering guidance and support to the 2 companies not just at the WDFF but through the coming months for them, preparing to show their work across the UK.
Working with children and young people in the Abertillery area has been a privilege and joy, I feel forever very humbled knowing that we have been a small part of their love for dance. We are looking forward to showing work we created for New Ground, Six Bells Kids Club, Scarf Dance, Abertillery Youth Dance Company and presenting the 2 Blaenau Gwent Youth Dance Companies -The Move and JAM.
We hope that you can support our Festival and show these young artists that they have a future in the arts. You can support by attending the Festival on November 17th at The Met in Abertillery or by making a donation to our future work with young people
Our next performance will be on Saturday 17th November 2012 at 7.30pm at The Met, Abertillery NP13 1AL
We will be showcasing our work in the community and will be presenting the work of 2 emerging professional companies:
Exim Dance (Plymouth)
Ceyda Tanc Dance (London)
Our company dancer Adam Murphy will be making a work for children in the Abertillery area, and our youth volunteer Olivia Davies will be making her choreographic debut making work with the children of Six Bells.
Ticket prices £8 and £6 (early bird prices £7 and £5 if purchased before the day of the show)
FFIN DANCE is happy to be promoting the work of companies:
Ceyda Tanc Dance
Ceyda Tanc Dance
The both companies will be performing in the popular Winter Dance Faktry Festival that is hosted by FFIN DANCE in our home theatre, the Met in Abertillery, Wales
Work of other emerging choreographers will also be shown including Adam Murphy of FFIN DANCE, Olivia Davies (FFIN youth company New Ground) and community dance groups Abertillery Youth Dance, Blaenau Gwent Youth Dance Companies and SCARF Dance
We hope that you will support our Festival on November 17th at 7.30pm
Tickets from the box office 01495 322510 prices £7 and £5 (tickets prices £1 extra each ticket if purchased on the day of the show)