NDCWales & Literature Wales film collaboration extended

Published: 13 January 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Aber Bach video still Credit: Courtesy of NDCW
Aber Bach video still Credit: Courtesy of NDCW

The National Dance Company Wales and Literature Wales digital cross-artform collaboration, Plethu/Weave, has been extended into 2021 and commissioned to be part of the Welsh Government’s launch of their Wales in Germany themed year in 2021.

In 2020, Plethu/Weave brought together four dancers from NDCWales and four independent dance artists paired with eight Wales based poets to create eight short films for audiences online.

Plethu/Weave #2 will be launched in January 2021. The first film, Aber Bach, created by Mererid Hopwood and dancer Elena Sgarbi, will the first of three NDCWales and Literature Wales commissions that will be part of the launch of the Welsh Government’s Wales in Germany themed year. It will launch on the Welsh Government social media channels on 11 January, and then will be available on NDCWales and Literature Wales web sites and social media channels from 12 January.

The other two commissions will be broadcast in March and October and will feature poet Alex Wharton and dance artists Krystal S Lowe and Osian Meilir.

NDCWales Chief Executive, Paul Kaynes, said, “we are delighted that NDCWales will be presenting dance as part of Welsh Government’s Wales in Germany launch. We have been building our reputation and audiences in Europe, especially in Germany and neighbouring countries, in the last three years, performing to packed venues and standing ovations. It’s really exciting for us that we’ve been commissioned to make these Plethu/Weave films, so even more audiences at home and internationally can see two Welsh national arts companies collaborate.”

Jane Hutt MS, Welsh Government Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, said, “the year of Wales in Germany is about strengthening the connections between our two nations and building new ones, and the cultural sector has an important role to play. Our arts, culture and creativity give Wales its unique personality and it is a huge strength in terms of promoting Wales on the world stage.

“We are delighted to be working with NDCWales and Literature Wales on this exciting project and look forward to showcasing the work of some our most talented poets and dancers to German audiences in the year ahead.”