This summer Valley and Vale Community Arts had the pleasure of working in partnership with Ethiopian dancer Addisu Demissie and Welsh dancer Jessie Brett. These two well accomplished dancers have produced a new dance piece – ‘The World Behind Walls’ to tour around Wales and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Before getting stuck into their intense rehearsals for the tour, Jessie and Addisu came to us for a week to deliver workshops to some of our regular groups throughout Bridgend and Cardiff. A variety of ages and abilities were taught, from Secondary School students at Maesteg Comprehensive School, to Primary School students at Plasyneywdd Primary School near Bridgend, and local Refugees and Asylum Seekers at OASIS and Trinity Church in Cardiff.
The dance workshops consisted of traditional Ethiopian Dance, Contemporary Dance and creative tasks, and everybody – schoolchildren and adults alike – loved feeding off the energy and trying out a new cultural dances. It was refreshing to see people from different backgrounds joining in together throughout the workshops and having fun through the means of dance. Great workshops with great teachers … success!
As part of this exciting International Dance programme, ‘The World Beyond Walls’ tour (created by Addisu Demissie and Jessie Brett) will now be touring across Wales this Autumn. After successful performances in Ethiopia, Jessie Brett (Wales) and Addisu Demissie (Ethiopia) are bringing this unique work to Wales. Fusing Contemporary and Ethiopian dance with an original sound score by Jered Sorkin, this site specific piece uses the architectural characteristics of Theatr Brycheiniog and Chapter Arts Centre to reveal moments and situations to the audience through windows of the building that the characters inhabit:
‘The world is getting smaller; people who once would never have met are connecting. Ever passed a window, caught a glimpse of something fascinating and wanted to see more? This is your chance…… The World Behind Walls allows you to spy through windows and close in on two people from different cultures, trying to stay in touch in a world of connection and disconnection.’
The tour will take place at:
Chapter Arts Centre - 11th and 12th September 8.45pm. At a location around the building. Come prepared for wet weather just in case. Ticket price- £8/ £6 concession Tickets are limited by the space so please book early. Find out more on their website.
Theatr Brycheiniog- 18th and 19th September 8.45pm. Audience will watch the performance from a boat on the canal. Find out more on their website.
This production would not be possible without the support of Theatre Brycheiniog, The Arts Council of Wales, Bridgend County Borough Council, Dance United, Adugna Dance and Theatre Company (Ethiopia) and Valley and Vale Community Arts.