Given that it was my third year in a row going to see Roots by NDC Wales, as you can imagine, it was very enjoyable. I found out about this years production on the NDC Wales website which I check regularly as I really enjoy their shows, they are always so full of passion and life, and never fail to impress me and the guests that I take with me to see them.
This year’s production was made up of four dance numbers.
The first dance is called Écrit, and it is choreographed by Nikita Goile. It is a dance that reflects the struggle of the ups and downs of a passionate relationship between two people.
The second piece is called Why Are People Clapping!? This piece is choreographed by Ed Myhill, who is also a dancer at NDC Wales and performed the piece as well. The piece had no music, and was completed entirely to the sound of the dancers clapping, a very clever piece which I hadn’t seen done before. There was no set, and the costumers were plain, meaning that all of the emphasis was put directly to the clapping and how that created the music for the dancers. The piece was very entertaining to watch, and also very witty.
The third piece is called Codi, and was choreographed by Anthony Matsena, a young associate artist as Sadlers Wells. The piece was about Welsh communities tackling isolation during troubled times in welsh mining. This piece was full of really intense emotion. The stage was dark the entire time, and the only light came from torches that were strapped to the dancers necks. It accurately articulated how hard times were during these periods for miners in Wales through dance.
The final piece was called Rygbi: Annwyl/Dear, and was choreographed by Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Artistic Director at NDC Wales, and Deputy Chair of the Arts Council of Ireland. This piece, as you can guess by the title, is all about rugby in Wales, the sheer passion that went into this piece is unexplainable, due to rugby being a very patriotic thing in Wales, that is deeply cared about and enjoyed by everyone. The piece changed pace quite often, from dancing quickly to dancing in slow motion, which made it fun to watch as it was also the longest piece, with a 25 minute running time.