Scheherazade

National Dance Company Wales, Welsh National Opera, Literature Wales and St Davids' Hall joined forces to present Scheherazade.

 

A new dance opera in seven movements, the performance was inspired by the legend of Scheherazade and her fabled tales told in the stories of the Arabian Nights.

 

The multi arts project showcases the best of young Welsh talent, set to the music Rimsky Korsakov with three new incidental music scenes.

 

It was a spectaculr and sumptuous production, performed by 240 young singers and dancers from South Wales alongside live accompaniment from the orchestra of The Welsh National Opera.

 

Directed by the former Artistic Associate of NDC Wales, Roy Campbell-Moore, the creative team which included 'Fox and Shriek' integrated tightly to give all the young people involved in the project the chance to either create their own ideas or become involved directly in the performance itself.

 

School creative workshops were delivered by Paul Shriek to give a historic background to the legendary theatrical work Artist/ Designer Leon Baskt as a research and development introduction to create an awareness to a new generation, which was transformed into costume, projection and essentially movement.

 

Former NDC Wales Artistic Director, Ann Sholem, adds "It's been so special seeing how companies, such as NDC Wales enables professional artists to work with young people to create new dance, music and visual art in fascinating and challenging projects, especially when they update old ideas and make them new and fresh again."

 

As a creative team 'Fox and Shriek' worked closely with all the choreographers to realise spectacular visuals both in the use of projection as a backdrop to performance and the development of unique digitally printed textiles, which were cut into silhouettes that enhanced and captured the movement of the dancers.

 

Quotes from preview article by David Owens, WalesOnline

 

Scheherazade, St David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales, 2012. Review from The Western Mail/ WalesOnline

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