‘Les Noces: Open Rehearsal’ Dance House Wales [The Millennium Centre Wales]

Classic meets contemporary in Angelin Preljocaj‘s Les Noces (1989).  Based at the Millennium Centre, The National Dance Company Wales opened their doors to the public to give them a sneaky preview of the performance they’ll be touring next spring. This was a chance for the audience to share the experience of creative development, and to see what the dancers go through when rehearsing for a new show. With only a few weeks to learn the dance, Preljocaj’s assistant Claudia De Smet cracked the whip last Friday during the Open Rehearsal session…

…With many of the dancers being young, The National Dance Company Wales, has revitalized Preljocaj’s choreography. Even during the rehearsals, the dancers inject a youthful spirit into the dance which also manages to modernise  Igor Stravinsky’s score.

To get an idea of what the dance looks like, watch this short extract of an older performance.

Images below: Open rehearsal session with dancers at the National Dance Company Wales on Friday 14 December 2012, practicing Preljocaj’s choreography of Les Noces.

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