Rugby is a game that connects different communities across the country and in an international arena where Welsh bodies perform with power, passion and skill.
Our new project, Rygbi, connects NDCWales’ expertise in dance to the nation’s expertise in rugby and celebrates teams who work together to carry the hopes and dreams of communities through committed performances on stage and on the pitch. It also uses dance to show the strength and beauty of the communities that support them.
Rygbi: Annwyl i mi/Dear to me
12 – 14 November 2019
Recognising that we live in a time of political, economic and social uncertainty, the Spring Tour in 2020 brings together work that examines different versions of community.
NDCWales will present a new dance piece by choreographer Alexandra Waierstall. She is known for her elegant and shimmering style which moves groups of dancers with a strong sense of musicality and a poetic physicality.
The Rygbi project will include:
- Workshops, chats, hang outs, playing and dancing with diverse rugby clubs and their communities of support, to get to the heart of the sport and everyone involved.
- A range of participation work available for all ages that connects the passion for rugby with the joy of dance
- A series of live performances for indoor or outdoor settings and for venues of different sizes – some with the professional dancers of NDCWales, some with other movement experts and enthusiasts.
Rygbi will be performed in various formats throughout the next few years including:
Outdoors at the National Eisteddfod 2019 – Rygbi: Annwyl i Mi / Dear to Me
In Japan to coincide with the Rugby World Cup 2019 Rygbi: Annwyl i Mi/Dear to Me
As part of Roots 2019 in small rural venues Rygbi: Annwyl/Dear
As part of our 2020 Spring tour to larger venues Rygbi: Yma/Here
Choreographer: Fearghus Ó Conchúir and performers
Composer: Tic Ashfield
Costume designer: Carl Davies
Costume Assistant: Angharad Griffin