Celebrating the Older Dancer

Once Upon A Time In The Dark, Dark Wood

CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE, Cardiff 25th – 27th April 2013


A new and unique work by Cardiff-based dance company, Striking Attitudes is combining the creative talents of young Welsh choreographers with the unique experience and physicality of older professional dancers, at a stage in their career when dancers traditionally hung up their dance shoes in retirement.


Set within the dark forests of fairy tales and legends, Once Upon a Time in the Dark, Dark Wood is a daring venture by Striking Attitudes. Artistic Director and seasoned Choreographer Caroline Lamb is collaborating with three young choreographers; Jessie Brett, Catherine Young and Jo Young to create a work which challenges conventional ideas about dance and raises the question; what does it mean to be a dancer?


Once Upon a Time in the Dark, Dark Wood will be a brave encounter between seasoned older dancers – skilled and experienced in their craft, but with their physicality threatened by time, and the vigorous enthusiasm of the younger choreographers. Professional dancers who act, actors who dance, and a group of older dancers from the community will face risky and creative challenges. How will the older dancers deal with the physical demands of the young choreographers? How will the young choreographers unearth the hidden abilities of the older dancers? This new work by Striking Attitudes will test, but ultimately celebrate the skills of the mature dancer.


“People, artists in particular, get better at their craft as they grow older. It has been a privilege to work with artists who are great examples of this” – Young choreographer, Catherine Young


“It’s re-awakening. We’re going back and discovering things in new ways. It’s actually quite exposing. We’re all pushing ourselves, physically and emotionally, and it is exciting” – Artistic Director, choreographer and dancer, Caroline Lamb.


A unique fusion of cross-generational Welsh talent, this production includes a combination of dance and text supported by an original score from young composer Ben Lunn of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Once Upon a Time in the Dark, Dark Wood will begin its tour on April 25th to 27th at Chapter, Cardiff and will continue to Swansea on May 1st and Felinfach on May 17th. It is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Coreo Cymru and Gwanwyn. To book tickets for the Cardiff performances, click here:




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