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British Dance Edition 2016

For the first time in its 18-year history this prestigious event in the international dance calendar and initiative of National Dance Network is coming to Wales. Between 15 and 18 of March, over 750 artists, producers and presenters will descend on Cardiff and Newport to showcase and celebrate the British dance sector. In total 73 UK companies and independent artists will be presenting work, taking part in a trade show and pitching ideas to presenters from across the UK, Europe, Canada, USA, Africa, Russia and Asia.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates said: "This event is another great example of how Wales’ performing arts organisations and creative industries are drawing global attention and taking centre stage. We want to establish Wales as an international centre of creative excellence and are committed to nurturing and further supporting environments from which more creative people, creative ideas and creative businesses can emerge and flourish. I am delighted that Wales has been chosen to host such a prestigious event and that our support has helped to make this possible."

British Dance Edition Cymru 2016 is being led by Chapter and its creative producer programme Coreo Cymru, in partnership with Wales Millennium Centre, National Dance Company Wales and Newport Live. Generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government Major Events Unit, Arts Council of England and the National Lottery through the Creative Scotland Open Project Fund, it also includes partnerships with leading national organisations including British Council, One Dance UK and the Foundation for Community Dance – People Dancing.

Project Director, Carole Blade of Coreo Cymru said: "From the time we heard from National Dance Network that Wales had won the 2016 British Dance Edition bid, we have been carefully selecting and curating the programme to offer promoters a selection of high quality touring works. It has been a challenge narrowing down to the 36 artists and companies from such a vibrant, eclectic and vast field but we’re certain that, with the quality of dance we’re bringing to Wales, this Edition will leave a lasting legacy for the sector in Wales and the rest of the UK."

Amongst the 36 companies and independent artists invited to perform by an international selection panel of experts, in a process spanning over 18 months, are 6 Wales based companies; National Dance Theatre Wales presenting, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Jo Fong, Gwyn Emberton Dance, Vertical Dance Kate Lawrence and Up & Over It. A further 11 companies have been invited to pitch their productions and ideas including Ballet Cymru and West Wales based artist Simon Whitehead.

David Alston, Arts Director, Arts Council of Wales said: "Wales will be extending its traditional warm welcome and embrace of delegates to British Dance Edition and hoping in the packed mix of the BDE days, they will have memorable dance experiences and encounters. Particularly we will be hoping that they go away with newly ignited ideas sparked by the Welsh dance scene. It’s been a long term ambition to host a showcase in Wales of this sort, selfishly to afford a platform and draw attention to talent and art characteristic of our contemporary culture. It’s been a major undertaking of the second phase of our Creative Producer initiative, Coreo Cymru and we are totally enthused by the partnerships and networks the team have created."

National presentations of UK companies and artists is a key aim of the showcase and its diverse programme of works and includes 16 Welsh companies, 6 Scottish companies, 2 from Northern Ireland and 49 companies from across England including North, midlands, South and West regions.

Bringing together key players in the industry today, the showcase will be opening up several performances to the public at The Riverfront, Newport and Wales Millennium Centre, offering a rare opportunity to see the latest work from some of the UK’s top dance companies.

Performances at The Riverfront included Gary Clarke Company on 16 March at 3pm, James Cousins Company and Aakash Odedra Company double bill on 16 March at 6pm and Gecko on 18 March at 3pm.

Wales Millennium Centre will be presenting two triple bills in the Donald Gordan Theatre including Scottish Dance Theatre, Russell Maliphant Company and Phoenix Dance Theatre on 16 March at 8pm and National Dance Company Wales, Candoco Dance Company and Hofesh Shechter Company on 17 March at 8pm. Tickets for the public shows can be booked through the venues.

Anita Clark, Head of Dance at Creative Scotland said: "British Dance Edition is an important industry event bringing together a range of current and contemporary work by dance companies and choreographers working across the UK. Creative Scotland is delighted to support this event and the inclusion of companies and artists from Scotland (Scottish Dance Theatre, Robbie Synge, Joan Cleville Dance and Barrowland Ballet), giving them the opportunity to showcase work to leading venue and festival programmers from across the UK and internationally."

Within the extensive showcase programme young audiences will be treated to three performances including a bouncy castle show at The Riverfront for invited local children and their guardians. One-day passes and sector gathering will be offered to local and UK based artists and producers providing them with opportunities to network with key players in the international dance industry.

An ambitious live streaming programme will provide viewers at home with opportunity to see 16 companies work, interviews with artists and presenters and behind the screens footage between 11am and 11pm on Thursday 17th March. The link can be found on the website along with further information about the programme and showcase.


For more information please contact:

Carole Blade: 635612


BDE2016 is being led by Chapter and its Creative Producer initiative Coreo Cymru, with

partners Wales Millennium Centre, National Dance Company Wales and The

Riverfront, Newport.

British Dance Edition

· British Dance Edition, launched in 1998 by National Dance Network, is a biennial showcase of British Dance.

· The showcase is primarily an industry event, aimed at UK and international dance professionals, and provides delegates with a mix of performances, networking, a trade fair and social events aimed at stimulating and supporting connections between artists, promoters and producers.

· The showcase is hosted in different cities in each edition – Edinburgh & Glasgow in 2014; London in 2012.

For further information about British Dance Edition please visit

National Dance Network

· National Dance Network is a meeting point of organisations whose primary role is the development of dance in the context of presenting, programming and commissioning.

· It aims to champion the creation and presentation of dance as a contemporary art form within a UK and international context. Its members work together to achieve a thriving, risk taking and confident dance sector in Britain, where UK based dance artists have the opportunities to research, create and present world-class work nationally and internationally.

· Membership currently consists of twenty-seven key organisations from across the UK who meet on a regular basis to discuss, debate and to activity promote the development of dance.

For further information about National Dance Network please visit

Coreo Cymru

· Coreo Cymru is the creative producer for dance in Wales and operates within Chapter’s programme structure. It is a new initiative set up to encourage and manage the creation and production of new dance activity, and to support the development of Wales-based artists and companies.

· Coreo Cymru is a member of the National Dance Network; Dance UK and the European touring initiative Dance Roads.

For further information about Coreo Cymru please visit

Chapter Arts Centre

· Chapter is a highly successful, multi-art form venue that presents, produces and promotes international art, live performance and film alongside a dynamic social space.

· It was established over 40 years ago and has been integral to the hosting of a wealth of national and international events including the British Art Show, Artes Mundi, Womex and some of the largest film festivals in the UK.

· The venue is a cultural and business success story, housing many of Wales' best known names in theatre, dance, art and animation, and presenting over 1,000 events welcoming over 800,000 visitors every year

· For further information about Chapter Arts Centre please visit

Wales Millennium Centre

· Wales Millennium Centre is one of the world’s great performing arts centres and a venue of choice for the world’s best performers, performances and producers.

· Opened in 2004, the Centre has become Wales’ number one visitor attraction and the largest provider of free public performances in the UK.

· The Centre is a focal point for the culture, identity and talents of Wales and provides a world-class showcase for musicals, opera, dance, entertainment, education and exhibitions with long lasting benefits for the whole community.

For further information about Wales Millennium Centre please visit:

National Dance Company Wales

· National Dance Company Wales is an artist-led company with a wide-ranging international programme of contemporary dance including repertory touring, presenting and curating new and established artists, a portfolio of research activity and training courses for young people.

For further information about National Dance Company Wales please visit

The Riverfront, Newport

· Opened in 2004, The Riverfront has a 493 seat theatre, 128 seat studio theatre and a dance studio within the building, as well as a number of other workshop and gallery spaces.

· The wide ranging programme (35 events and activities a week, on average) has a significant element of dance, physical theatre and new circus.

· Alongside its core programme, The Riverfront delivers festivals such as the Big Splash – a weekend of street theatre, dance, circus, carnival attracting more than 20,000 attenders - and ‘Discover Dance’, which seeks to engage new audiences through a week of performances, workshops and exhibitions.

For further information about National Dance Company Wales please visit

Welsh Government Major Events

Event Wales is Wales’ major events strategy delivered by the Welsh Government’s Major Events Unit (MEU). Since Event Wales was launched in 2010, they have made big strides in building Wales’ reputation as a world class events destination. Global brands such as Ryder Cup, WOMEX, Ironman, Rugby World Cup, the Ashes and Volvo Ocean Race have all chosen to locate their events in Wales.

They have also developed a vibrant and dynamic portfolio of home grown arts and cultural events including the Machynlleth Comedy Festival, Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival, Green Man Festival, Festival No6 and Swn.

Arts Council of Wales (ACW)

Arts Council of Wales is an independent charity, established by Royal Charter in 1994. Its members are appointed by the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism. The principal sponsor is the Welsh Government. They also distribute funding from the National Lottery and raise additional money where they can from a variety of public and private sector sources. ACW are the country’s funding and development organisation for the arts. Working together with the Welsh Government, they are able to show how the arts are helping to meet the Government’s policy ambitions. ACW’s vision is of a creative Wales where the arts are central to the life of the nation.

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

For further information about Creative Scotland please visit Follow us @creativescots and

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. href="" target=_blank>


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