Photography: Sophie Holland
Osian Meilir is a performer, dance-maker and movement artist based in Wales. Originally from Pentre’r Bryn, on the west coast of Wales, Meilir went on to train at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, attaining a first-class degree, before continuing his studies and completing his M.A. in Dance Performance as part of Transitions Dance Company.
Meilir’s work as a performer has seen him working with artists such as Lizzi Kew Ross & Co, Gwyn Emberton Dance, Satore Tech and Fearghus O’Conchuir at National Dance Company of Wales. His work also expands into working in theatre for young audiences, performing in works by Carlos Pons Guerra and Paul Bosco McEneaney, touring accross the UK and internationally, as well as his own solo work for Arad Goch Theatre Company - Palmant / Pridd (Pavement / Pasture). He premiered his first mid-scale production - ‘Qwerin’, as director and choreographer in 2021 and also has extensive experience in leading workshops and classes for children and young people.
Meilir’s very early experiences and background of Welsh folk dance has led him to appreciate dance from all different cultures, and to enjoy how dance can build meaningful bridges between people from around the world.
Meilir’s up-bringing in rural West Wales and his fascination with notions of identity, culture and community feeds his creativity and inspires his work. His own works so far explore themes such as home, roots, place, community and nationality.
Meilir wants to use dance to bring people together and find connection, through shared experience and story-telling. Embracing unity and harmony, within ourselves and with eachother, Meilir celebrates the beauty, simplicity and power of human connection.