UWTSD Dance students present their end of year showcase – Ignite 19


Students on the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s BA Dance degree programme are preparing to captivate audiences with a showcase of their work during a special show in Llanelli this Thursday evening (May 23).

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The showcase, entitled Ignite 19 is the culmination of a highly productive year that has seen the students collaborate with a number of widely respected international choreographers.  Work by two of those choreographers - NDCWales resident choreographer, Caroline Finn and Brussels-based dance artist Moya Michael, who’s has recently worked with internationally acclaimed dance collectives, Rosas and Akram Khan – will be featured in this exciting show.

“Caroline Finn’s work is an encapsulating dance for three women, with characteristic quirky and curious characters,” says Gwyn Emberton, Programme Director of UWTSD’s BA Dance programme.  “Moya Michael’s work A_Part is a remake of the work she originally made in 2013 in Salzburg. The codes, structures and process are the same but the work itself is completely different due to the dancers’ own input, movements and choices,” he adds.

Alongside these works, the students will perform pieces from their repertoire module and a small selection of their own choreographies. These will include excerpts of works last performed by Gwyn Emberton’s own company on national and international tours - Shadow of a Quiet Society and Of the Earth, from where I came

The programme will also feature a new work inspired by Richard Alston created by Stacey Panico alongside the students.

“The show reflects our ambitions for the course, in that we aim to offer high-quality training and studies in Wales that will prepare our students as long-term and sustainable careers as Wales’ future dance artists,” continues Gwyn.  “The opportunities to work with and perform in works by high-profile choreographers is only one aspect - as they also get to study dance health and wellbeing and community-based practices and approaches that they will be able to apply to their chosen career path or future studies.”

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The BA Dance programme offered at UWTSD aims to create excellence in the dance artists and practitioners of the future.  It offers a practice-based programme designed to prepare students for careers as the dance artists of the future and is delivered by some of Wales’ leading contemporary dance artists and practitioners.

The programme focuses on three main strands: technique and performance; choreography; and, dance health and well-being with students acquiring a range of specialist skills and practical experience in each area.  Students also benefit from gaining an applicable contemporary knowledge of inclusive dance practice – with all of their practical skills being underpinned by the relevant theories and conceptual approaches.

Ignite 19 will take place at 7pm on Thursday 23rd May in The Forge – Coleg Sir Gâr’s new performance space on the Llanelli campus.

To reserve your space, please contact Gwyn Emberton, BA Dance Programme Director by emailing csg_gwyn.emberton@UWTSD.ac.uk

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

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