National Dance Company Wales of UK Visit China with its Prestigious Work Dream

In the period of September 11th to 21st, the National Dance Company Wales toured in China and gave five excellent performances...


A still life composition of NDCW and Wu Promotion staff

In the period of September 11th to 21st, the National Dance Company Wales toured in China and gave five excellent performances in Shanghai, Chongqing, Zhengzhou and Suzhou. They performed the programmes: Dream, By Singing Light, Whiskers, and The Grammar of Silence. The Company’s productions have gained popularity among the Chinese audience through the young artists’ emotional, energetic, and original performance.

During the tour, the production Dream was considered as the most memorable programme, which was especially made for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The choreography vividly portrayed the prosperous scenery in UK during the 1950s’. In addition, the talented choreographer, Christopher Bruce, managed to integrate the concept of sports into the “Olympic” choreography. The general audience would not find it hard to discern from the typical dance elements; images of skating, swimming, and running. It is truly considered as a remarkable production, not only made for the Olympic Games, but also to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.


By Singing Light (Photographer: Li Xiangbo from Xinhua Net)

The audience was also touched by Stephen Petronio’s choreography By Singing Light, which was praised by The Observer as “A lovely piece, fanned to a blaze by Petronio's restless intelligence”. The award-winner Whiskers, created and performed by Eleesha Drennan, and The Grammar of Silence also received a great applause.

The tour was presented as a part of the British Council’s UK Now, a project to exhibit British art in China. The China tour also gained generous support from the Wales Government office. Apart from the exquisite dance works, National Dance Company Wales invited media to attend the public rehearsal in Chongqing. They also gave workshops to disabled artists from the Nanjing Jiuzhou Disabled Cultural Arts Center and to students from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.