National Dance Company Wales performs a repertory of contemporary dance created by established choreographers of international repute and new talent from Wales at mid and large scale venues across Wales, the UK and internationally.
Under the Artistic Direction of Ann Sholem, the vision is to create and perform inspiring world-class choreography, performed by dancers with individuality and charisma. The Company also works with young dancers and community groups as part of its social contract encouraging participation in dance; as well as leading on the development of the artform in Wales by supporting artist-led projects.
Founded in 1983, the Company was awarded national status in 1999 and became a Wales Millennium Centre resident in 2004. The purpose-built Dance House is one of the best production facilities in Europe for creating new works.
Recent commissions and productions include choreographers Stephen Petronio (US), Itzik Galili (Israel), Gustavo Ramírez Sansano (Spain), Stijn Celis (Belgium), Roy Campbell-Moore (Wales), Eleesha Drennan (Wales), and Ohad Naharin (Israel). Current commissions include new works from Itzik Galili, Eleesha Drennan and Christopher Bruce (England).
In 2008 the Company was recognised with a Beacon Company award for excellence by the Arts Council of Wales. In June 2009 the Company changed its name to National Dance Company Wales to reflect its status and the excellence, pride and dynamism in its performances and work with communities everywhere.
Wales Dance Platform, a collaborative project between NDCWales, Wales Millennium Centre and Chapter Arts Centre, took place last July. The weekend-long event saw live performances, films and site-specific events from over 50 Wales-based professional choreographers, including the Company’s own dancers and Artistic Associate.