Young NDCW associates inspired by Artes Mundi

Published: 13 May 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Associates Credit: NDCWales

Made in collaboration with Artes Mundi and Welsh theatre and dance creatives, National Dance Company Wales’ Young Associates will première their new digital film, Now Begin, at the U Dance Cymru 2021 Digital Dance Day and on AM Cymru and then will be available online from 30 May.

The day-long U Dance Cymru 2021 digital programme, organised by National Youth Dance Wales, also includes workshops with Ballet Cymru, Zoo Nation, Company Chameleon, Candoco Dance Company and aspiring dance artists Antony Matsena and Layton Williams.

NDCWales’ Associates are a group of 18 young people aged between 13 and 18, who in early 2021 worked with Gundija Zandersona (Artistic Director at Kokoro Arts), Krystal S Lowe (Artistic Director at Kokoro Arts), sound designer Tic Ashfield and Cardiff filmmaker Gavin Porter to create the five-minute film, which includes short videos from each of the Associates dancing at home or in their communities.

Now Begin is a reflective piece inspired by the current work at the Artes Mundi 9 exhibition by artist Prabhakar Pachpute and themes of protest.