By Jon Gower
Indeed Wales encourages dance in all its manifestations. Swansea’s Dynion is an all male company which recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary. Dynion started life in the city’s economically disadvantaged areas but has recently led to the formation of Dynion Pro, a professional company. Newport is the base for Ballet Cymru which stages pared down but popular versions of established classics such as Giselle as well as new works, such as Under Milk Wood and The Lady of the Lake, inspired by Welsh texts or myths. Migrations however hold a very interesting programme of international contemporary dance throughout north Wales.
The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff is home to a range of artistic companies including the National Dance Company of Wales, which attracts enthusiastic audiences wherever they go, be it Brecon’s Theatr Brycheiniog or a recent Swiss sojourn which drew much critical acclaim. Matching energy with intelligence this is a national treasure of a company and a celebration of the human body and all its aspirations and expressions.