NDCWales releases Plethu/Weave #2

Published: 28 February 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Good Things to Come Credit: Courtesy of NDCWales

Three films will be released in March as part of the National Dance Company Wales and Literature Wales digital cross-artform collaboration, Plethu/Weave #2, which will include the second of three 'Wales in Germany' commissions.

The project will bring together a further eight Wales-based dancers matched with Welsh poets. Dance artists Krystal Lowe, Camille Giraudeau and Elan Elidyr have been paired with authors, poets and hip-hop pioneers Alex Wharton, Rufus Mufasa and Ed Holden to create three digital short films for online audiences.

The first Plethu/Weave #2 film Aber Bach, created by Mererid Hopwood and dancer Elena Sgarbi, was released in January as part of the launch of Welsh Government’s Wales in Germany themed year. The second commission will be by Torfaen-based writer, poet and children’s author Alex Wharton and Bermuda-born, Wales-based dancer, choreographer and writer Krystal Lowe. Good Things to Come focuses on sustainability, environment and nature and will be available from 1 March 2021.

Sustainable costume designer Emma-Jane Weeks will use natural fabric dye and upcycled clothing to create costumes with textured designs and materials to mimic the nature around the film.

The next film in March will be by dancer Camille Giraudeau and literary activist, hip hop educator, lyricist and rapper Rufus Mufasa, themed around motherhood, the role and strength of women in society, released on Thursday 15 March. The third Plethu/Weave #2 film will be out on Thursday 29 March and has been created by Aberystwyth-born freelance dance artist Elan Elidyr and Welsh hip hop pioneer and poet Ed Holden.

Plethu/Weave #2 series will continue into April and May, with further details on those films released later in April on the NDCWales and Literature Wales web sites.