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)

Production details

  • Choreographer

    Folk: Caroline Finn, Profundis: Roy Assaf
  • Designer

    Folk: Design - Joe Fletcher, Costume Design - Gabriella Slade | Profundis: Lighting - Omer Sheizaf, Costume Design - Angharad Matthews
  • Number of people on stage

    Folk: 9, Profundis: 7
  • Number of people in touring company

    Folk: 16, Profundis: 12
  • Freight


    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 Availability

    From September 2017
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    12 x 10 metres
  • Text-based

    Light (very little or no text)

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    ZOO Southside
  • Production dates

    FOLK: 20-22-23-25 AUGUST | PROFUNDIS: 21-24-26 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    30 MINS / 30 MINS
  • Audience capacity




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.