UWTSD Dance students present IGNITE


BA Dance students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David are preparing to wow audiences with their forthcoming showcase – IGNITE.

Myfyrwyr BA Dawns / BA Dance Students

The show will take place at The Forge at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Llanelli campus on Thursday, January 30th and will feature UWTSD’s BA Dance students performing pieces that they’ve created in collaboration with internationally renowned choreographers, Matteo Marfoglia and Gwyn Emberton.

Matteo Marfoglia – an Associate Artist at both National Dance Company Wales and Rubicon Dance - is currently in residence with UWTSD’s 3rd year students creating LeT, a new piece inspired by David Bowie’s Let’s Dance.

An accomplished choreographer, Matteo works with companies across the globe and in 2017, Matteo was presented with a OneDanceUK award, recognising him as a future leader in British Dance. He has also been a recipient of a Creative Wales Award by the Arts Council of Wales enabling him to undertake artistic research into moving contemporary dance out of theatre spaces and into more unconventional venues.  In 2018 Matteo was nominated in the Best Male Artist category at the Wales Theatre Awards and his piece ‘Omertà’ was nominated as one out of five the best dance shows produced in Wales.  Last year, Matteo created a new work for Opus Ballet in Florence as well as working on the theatre production Les Miserables with theatre director Mathilde Lopez. 

Discussing LeT and his collaboration with the students, Matteo says: “We are going tear it apart. Extract the lyrics. Use it as the source of inspiration to create movement.  The students will dance the rhythms of the song and then create their own. How many times we can sing a song through movement, through our body, through a dance? Let’s dance!"

Students have also collaborated with Gwyn Emberton, respected choreographer and Programme Director of UWTSD’s BA Dance course.

Having performed with many of the UK’s leading choreographers, Gwyn set up Gwyn Emberton Dance 2015. In addition to his choreographic and directing work, Gwyn continues to perform and collaborate with other dance and theatre artists from Wales, London and Europe, which includes iCoDaCo and Light, Ladd & Emberton.

“At the end of last year, in collaboration with my company and the students, we made Artificial Clarity,” says Gwyn.  “The work draws from the dancers’ own experiences of making decisions and the impact they have on themselves and on each other, both as dancers in the piece and in their lives. 

“The third piece featured in the show will be a new work that I am currently making with our first year BA Dance students - All Armed. This is the first opportunity that our new cohort will have to perform to the public and the piece draws together some of the work the students have been developing during their first year on the course.”

The BA Dance degree taught at UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus prepares students to be the dance artists of the future. Over the three years, students develop their skills and knowledge in a highly practical course, centred around a rigorous training in contemporary dance and ballet, supplemented with the study of additional styles such as Urban and Commercial.

Students create and collaborate with international and Wales based choreographers and dancers during each of the three years of the course.  Those studying the programme are encouraged and supported to develop their individual choreographic voices and are mentored and offered individual guidance to give them the confidence to be the choreographers of the future. The third strand to the programme also supports students to gain knowledge in the latest dance health and well-being methods and approaches. It is aimed at preparing them for a future in the ever increasingly recognised area of general health and well-being practices, or within inclusive and community settings.

You can book tickets to see IGNITE at The Forge, Coleg Sir Gâr, Graig Campus in Llanelli on 30th January by emailing Gwyn Emberton at csg_gwyn.emberton@uwtsd.ac.uk.  Performances will take place at 2.30pm and 7pm and all tickets are free. Please also contact Gwyn Emberton directly for information about the programme.  

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