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QWERIN

Charged with Joy, QWERIN is inspired by the weaving and flowing patterns of traditional Welsh folk-dancing, combined with the pulsating energy of Queer nightlife. QWERIN comments on notions of Queerness and Welshness through a contemporary dance performance celebrating culture, identity and community. To an original soundtrack by some of Wales’ most renowned musicians and costumes that give a new edge to the Welsh traditional dress, QWERIN truly is a feast for all senses.

 

QWERIN was created in 2021 as a commission from Articulture and the Wales Outdoor Art Consortium and was developed into a full-length work in 2022 with funding support from Arts Council Wales and additional support from the National Dance Company of Wales.

QwerIN exists in 3 forms

Qwerin (bach)

‘Qwerin (bach)’ is the original version created in 2021 for 3 performers.

QWERIN

QWERIN is the fully realised version of the work. It’s a piece for 6 performers. A live musician interjects synthesised sounds and layered instrumental tracks as the piece unfolds. Based on the same principles and structures as ‘Qwerin (bach)’, QWERIN is the fullest version of the work.

Qwerin - Promenade

With the costumes being incredibly conceptual, detailed and strikingly beautiful, the Qwerin concept can also be presented as a walkabout performance for festivals and outdoor events. This involves interacting with the crowd through a mixture of folk and club dancing. The dancers perform small vignettes of the show as they weave and wander amongst the crowd. Audience members can participate by wearing one of our giant hats or responding to the performance ad lib.

CREATIVE TEAM

Director and Choreographer: Osian Meilir

Performers: Bethan Cooper, Cêt Haf, Deborah Light, Elan Elidyr, Mike Williams, Osian Meilir, Richard Pye with Samiwel Humphreys (Shamoniks)

Design Team: Becky Davies and Amy Barrett

Music Composition: Tic Ashfield, Benjie Talbott and Shamoniks

Mentor: Marc Rees

Producer: Sophie Holland

Film by Eddie Adamson Film and Guto Thomas

An additional thanks to Saoirse Anton and Hanna Lyn Hughes for their support.

Palmant / pridd (PAVEMENT / PASTURE)

Meilir created this work for Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch in July 2018 under their ‘6x1’ programme to encourage and support young artists to create new work. This particular solo is based on the identity of a young gay man and his relationship with two very different places. Raising questions about his identity and how important is place in relation to our identity? Can we exist, and be content, in two very different places at the same time? What happens when both worlds collide? What effect does labelling within society have on us as we try to find harmony between two opposing worlds and within ourselves?

Choreographer and Performer: Osian Meilir

Film / Projection by Gwenllian Llwyd

Lighting Design by Elanor Higgins

Performances (2018, 2019):

19/7/18 - Canolfan Arad Goch, Aberystwyth

20/3/19 - Opening Doors Festival, Aberystwyth

9/8 /19 - Mas ar y Maes, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol

Technical Manager: Simon Lovatt

Mentor: Jeremy Turner

MILK AND TWO SUGARS

Created as his final presentation of work for his degree at Trinity Laban in 2016, Milk and Two Sugars is a ‘trip down memory’ lane to find the similarities in our differences. Exploring the memory of home, it displays the beauty in the ordinary deeds and daily rituals, celebrating culture, tradition, and how these influence and sculpt us as individuals. It is the bringing together of people from different places and celebrating this unity.

Performers: Giulia Avino, Charlie Dunne, Blanche Jandin, Loren McKillop

Mentor: Marina Collard

Performances (2016):

12/5/16 - Laban Centre, Deptford

18/6/16 - Abeerance, Platform Southwark, London

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