• Roots

National Dance Company Wales

Four short pieces of dance from Wales, each different from the one before it. Roots is a guided tour through contemporary dance. NDCWales takes some of its favourite pieces and pairs them with a discussion to help you get to the heart of the stories, and learn behind the scenes secrets.

Rygbi: Annwyl i mi / Dear to me by the company's artistic director, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, celebrates rugby in Wales and highlights the hopes, glory and passion of rallying together on and off the pitch. Rygbi was created with input from rugby fans and players across Wales so that the dance really echoes the sport.

Écrit by Nikita Goile was inspired by a letter from iconic artist Frida Kahlo to her partner Diego Rivera. The clever duet is performed by a female dancer and a giant silhouette of her lover. It’s a beautiful power struggle that reflects the ups and downs of passionate relationships.

Why Are People Clapping!? by Ed Myhill is set to composer Steve Reich’s Clapping Music and uses rhythm as a driving force. The dancers use lively movement and clapping to create a soundtrack for a fun and dynamic dance.

Codi by Anthony Matsena, who grew up in Swansea, is about Welsh people who come together to tackle isolation and depression during troubled times. It’s an energetic and uplifting dance about the strength of communities.



Rygbi: Annwyl i mi / Dear to me
Choreographer: Fearghus Ó Conchúir

Choreographer: Nikita Goile

Why Are People Clapping!?
Choreographer: Ed Myhill

Choreographer: Anthony Matsena

Full credits for all pieces to follow