PREVIEW: NDCWALES EXCITE THE CAPITAL..

This month the awe-inspiring National Dance Company Wales (NDCW) will be returning to Sherman Cymru with a triple-bill of dynamic dance and classic Welsh talent.

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The award-winning contemporary dance company are taking their ever intelligent and inspiring work on a tour of Wales and England, with a one-day stint at Sherman on 10 February.  This season’s programme features the work of world-class choreographers and promises to be a mesmerizing and intoxicating series of dance.

The intriguing triple bill includes:

Stephen Petronio; Water Stories

In an exclusive premiere of his latest work for NDCW, Stephen Petronio teams up with Grammy-winning composer Atticus Ross (who created the score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as well as the original visual design work of Matthew Brandt.  A delightful combination of sound, movement and sight, Water Stories portrays the magical and abundant waterscapes of Wales.

 Lee Johnston; Purlieus and They Seek To Find the Happiness They Seem

Working with the talented lighting designer Joe Fletcher, Lee Johnston presents two beautiful pieces of work.  Purlieus explores the intricate relationship between movement, light and animation in a bid to fully immerse both audience and performer in an overwhelming experience.  They Seek To Find The Happiness They Seem focuses on choreography, lighting and costume to evoke visions of dislocation and separation in relationships.

 Stephen Shropshire; Mythology

Stephen Shropshire’s captivating Mythology promises to capture and astound the audience.  Accompanied by Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together, an avant-garde composition for piano, jazz ensemble and spoken word, this piece promises to attack the senses and absorb its audience.

Tickets are £15 – £22 with under 25s half price.  Book your tickets here.

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THIS WEEK I..

Recommend Tigers in Red Weather to anyone looking for a tale of magic, elegance and longing.

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The novel, by Liza Klaussmann, spans across the forties, fifties and sixties, with all the glitz and glamour of Fitzgerald as well as a deep underlying story Gatsby fans will love.

Set on the backdrop of the daring jazz age, the story follows five characters, told from each point of view in turn.  Often I find this interrupts the flow of the story, but Klaussmann clearly has a talent for intertwining stories, and the result is spectacular.  The characters lives are so intrinsically wound together, it just works.  A cliffhanger left by one character will be answered by another in a fresh and surprising point of view – and there are plenty of cliffhangers throughout the story!

Much like Gatsby, the tale starts with the audience thinking the characters have it all – wealth, love, family, beauty – but as the story unfolds, we find a deeply unsettled and unhappy group of people, hiding behind cocktail parties and fancy clothes.  In this respect, it might not seem the most original story; however, the ongoing story of a mysterious and brutal murder throughout the plot creates suspense, intrigue and above all, a brilliant climax as the story is told by its final character.

I wouldn’t say I was gripped by Tigers in Red Weather until the final section.  However, that’s not to say I didn’t love the book.  The way Klaussmann creates her characters is quite brilliant, and the jumping across decades and characters keeps the plot interesting and fast paced.  I’m a fan of anything from these eras, and this did not disappoint!