Folk and Profundis
National Dance Company Wales
National Dance Company Wales is an award-winning company presenting work by some of the most celebrated international choreographers alongside creations by the hottest new talent from Wales. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Caroline Finn, NDCWales takes audiences and participants on journeys of discovery; creating opportunities to participate, discuss, watch and learn about dance, about themselves and about the world.
Featuring Finn’s quirky and engaging choreographic style and a striking stage design, the darkly comic Folk takes inspiration from the characters and communities depicted in 17th and 18th Century oil paintings to explore social dynamics through scenes played out in in a sometimes familiar, sometimes surreal pastoral landscape.
Accompanied by whimsical spoken word and a diverse soundtrack ranging from classical Arabic music to contemporary experimental electronica, choreographer Roy Assaf’s Profundis is a playful, vibrant and provocative work that challenges us to ask questions about what things are and what they are not.
In the press
“Finn knows how to choose a resonant image, and how to orchestrate emotions”
The Guardian (on Folk)
“…a tapestry of exquisitely detailed gestures adorned with sparkling stories”'
Buzz Magazine (on Profundis)
ChoreographerFolk: Caroline Finn, Profundis: Roy Assaf
DesignerFolk: Design - Joe Fletcher, Costume Design - Gabriella Slade | Profundis: Lighting - Omer Sheizaf, Costume Design - Angharad Matthews
Number of people on stageFolk: 9, Profundis: 7
Number of people in touring companyFolk: 16, Profundis: 12
18-ton lorry (if a road route is possible) or with approximately 3 suitcases if technical equipment is provided (repertoire dependent). NDCWales tours a Congo Jnr lighting desk and sound control via Qlab from Macbook Pro. NDCWales can supply all lighting, sound and stage equipment if necessary. NDCWales is also flexible to use venue equipment where appropriate
Touring AvailabilityFrom September 2017
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400)
Minimum performance space12 x 10 metres
Text-basedLight (very little or no text)
Production datesFOLK: 20-22-23-25 AUGUST | PROFUNDIS: 21-24-26 AUGUST
Duration30 MINS / 30 MINS
Contact for touring
NDCWales is committed to engaging with audiences and participants, working with young people and new audiences, many of whom will be experiencing contemporary dance for the first time, to develop dance appreciation by watching, participating in and talking about dance. NDCWales presents opportunities for the public to experience contemporary dance in different ways. Through participation in various engagement activities: NDCWales can offer: Workshops with schools and groups, Educational Resource Packs, School and Family Interactive matinee performance, Pre/post-show talks, Opportunities for audiences to Watch Dance Class during the daytime. If you would like to book any of the additional activity around the performance please let the company know.