After a marvelous day of rehearsals and restaging Inspired for a round presentation, we performed to a packed audience, who absolutely loved the work. Each of the pieces was called back to the stage for rapturous curtain calls, the audience refusing to let the dancers get away with just one series of bows.
Our new company dancer, Catrin settled well in Gary’s group piece, Axiom Tangent, which was an incredible task for her to learn such a meaty role in so short a time.
Megan, Mike and Effie looked like they were really at home in the work, our last part of this season’s tour.
As usual the welcome that we receive from the princess and her staff is amazing, the food and the accommodation incredible.
The crowd are all in the wonderful castle grounds in the evening sunshine, enjoying the beauty of this stunning placeWe’re looking forward to the second performance this evening, it’s been quite a relaxed day, hoping for another great audience and of course even more standing ovations for our work!
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!
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 …