Anglesey artist combines visual art and dance in Spanish festival
Anglesey based artist Femke van Gent is taking part in the international art festival Periferias in Huesca (North-Spain) from 13-23 October 2006. Van Gent will be collaborating with the London based Spanish choreographer Carlos Cortes and contemporary dancers from London, Brighton and Zaragoza (Sp). In 10 days they will create a performance based around the theme "FIESTA" (party). Cortes and Van Gent work a lot with audience participation and it promises to be an exciting project for everybody; both performers and the community of Huesca will be up for surprises.

The project is a continuation of workshops and performances that took place over the summer in North Wales, in which professional dancers from the Dance Collective and members from the community were involved. The first project took place in Galeri, Caernarfon. At the private view the dancers responded to Van Gents' objects and Sue Fieldings' paintings in the joined exhibition Stillness & Movement. Nearly 70 people watched the performance in the foyer of Galeri. Lois Cernyw, art development officer from Galeri said: 'It was wonderful and interesting and some how brought the pieces to life'.

This summer Van Gent had a solo exhibition in the Spotlight series of Oriel Mostyn in Llandudno. A community workshop took place on 28 August 2006 with 15 participants between 7-70 years old. It was an intense but fun day. The performance that followed was well received by the audience who were invited to join the dancers in the crazy blue glove Waltz at the end of the show. One of the older participants said afterwards 'I could not believe that I was able to dance as much as I did'. The main part of the performance was a contemporary piece by three professional dancers, choreographed by dancer Lisa Spaull from Old Colwyn.

The activities in Wales have been supported by Dawns i Bawb, Oriel Mostyn, North Wales Dance Collective, Welsh Independent Dance, Community Dance Wales, Arts Council of Wales and Conwy County Council. If you want to be informed of future workshops and performances in this area please send your details to: info@femkevangent.nl or phone 07753 195264

 

information about the festival: www.periferias.org