UWTSD Dance lecturer to perform in India


Later this month, Kolkata in India is all set to experience the distinct flavour of Welsh theatre, language and literature.

Gwyn Emberton

Representatives from four leading Welsh arts organisations and artists – including the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s BA Dance Programme Director, Gwyn Emberton - are preparing to share their work with the world when they fly to Kolkata, India, often referred to as the culture capital of India to present their artistic works, in theatre, dance and literature.

The Welsh contingent features Light, Ladd and Emberton (LL&E) - who will perform at the Kolkata Literary Meet, one of the most prestigious literary festivals in the country as well as at other venues within the city. 

Wales in Kolkata, the season of Welsh arts activity and collaboration, is supported by the British Council and Wales Arts International. This festival is a result of the relationships and networks formed by the 2017-18 #IndiaWales season, a major programme of artistic collaboration between Wales and India.

Light, Ladd & Emberton (LL&E) partnering with the Kolkata-based Pickle Factory Dance Foundation will be performing its immersive dance production Caitlin. The acclaimed show, which will be staged at the Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan hall, chronicles the popular Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ tumultuous relationship with his wife Caitlin. The show takes place on Tuesday 22nd and 24th Jan at 7pm, and Friday 25th Jan.

Throughout the festival LL&E’s performers will also undertake workshops beginning with the students of Kala Bhavan in Santiniketan and then for theatre enthusiasts in Kolkata, where they will share their skills and creative knowledge.

“I am very much looking forward to taking this amazing dance theatre production, Caitlin, to India, with Light, Ladd and Emberton and to represent Wales on the international stage,” says Gwyn who plays Dylan Thomas in this piece.  “It will be an incredible experience to present the work to new audiences there and to be able to share the crazy lives of Caitlin and Dylan Thomas through the performances, lectures, workshops and demonstrations. 

“It will be a bitter-sweet set of performances as they will be my last in this production. It has been an incredible time performing one of Wales’ most iconic and revered men and poets, and quite the honour to work with such inspiring artists as Deborah Light, Eddie Ladd, our tireless producer Laura Drane and genius on sound Sion Orgon. We are very grateful to the British Council, Wales Arts International and Arts Council of Wales for their support it making this tour happen.”

Gwyn Emberton

Gwyn Emberton is the Programme Director of the BA Dance programme based at UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus - a practice-based programme designed to prepare students for careers as the dance artists of the future

The programme focuses on three main strands - technique and performance, choreography and dance health and well-being and during their time on the course, students acquire a range of specialist skills and practical experience in each area.  Students also gain knowledge of inclusive dance practice and all practical skills are underpinned by the relevant theories and conceptual approaches.

Led by acclaimed performer and choreographer - Gwyn Emberton - the course is also delivered by some of Wales’ leading contemporary dance artists and practitioners giving students the opportunity to work with a varied range of artists and choreographers.

As well as performances, the Wales in Kolkata festival, features lectures, readings and workshops for creative individuals, school students and media professionals.

Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport & Tourism said: 

“I am pleased to see the cultural links between Wales and India continue to strengthen, particularly on the back of all the fantastic work that occurred as part of the Wales/India Season of 2017-18, and Wales being the featured nation at this year’s Kerala Literature Festival. Once again the best of Welsh culture will be on display for Indian audiences to experience, and I wish all participants a successful Festival.”

Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director British Council East and Northeast India says: “Through our work in arts we aim to inspire and excite people and make sustainable connections in UK and India. The four organisations from Wales and their Indian partners have had the opportunity to work closely over the last two years with support from the British Council and Wales Arts International. In January 2019 we are delighted to welcome the Welsh contingent to Kolkata and hope they will make deeper and wider links in East and Northeast India.” 

Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts British Council Wales, says: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the very best of Wales’s artistic and creative abilities in Kolkata. We are delighted that all four organisations have made deep connections with Kolkata thanks to their association with the #IndiaWales season 2017/18. The initiative, supported by the British Council and Wales Arts International, saw 15 Welsh arts organisations collaborate with Indian partners, several of which were based in Kolkata, to illustrate the value of investment into international arts collaborations, and support the internationalisation of the Welsh arts sector and its participation at major international festivals.”

For further information on the BA Dance programme offered at UWTSD, please visit https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/ba-dance/

For more information on the British Council Wales visit https://wales.britishcouncil.org/

Further Information

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk