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:


Once Upon A Time poster Chapter 06 April 2013-2

FOOTFALLS Showing at Wales Dance Symposium

From July 2012

We were thrilled to have been invited by Andy Eagle, Chapter Art Centre’s new director, to show FOOTFALLS before the Wim Wenders film PINA, about the great German choreographer Pina Bausch, at Chapter Arts Centre on Sunday July 1st.

The two films marked the end of the Wales Dance Symposium which took place at the Sherman Theatre and Chapter Arts Centre between June 29th and July 1st. We are very grateful to Andy Eagle and Chapter for their support.

Collaboration with Manic Street Preachers

Click here to watch the ‘Repeat’ video

From June 2012

Patrick Jones (poet, playwright and film-maker) invited Striking Attitudes’ professional dancers to collaborate with him on a music video for Manic Street Preachers who are re-releasing an album from 20 years ago.

Patrick’s brother is Nicky Wire, the bass player from the Manics. The album will come with a free DVD of music videos from the past and some new extras, of which Striking Attitudes will be one. The track Striking Attitudes is dancing to is called ‘Repeat’ and the dance was interpreted as an anti-jubilee rant!

Filming took place in Beaupre Castle near St. Hilary in the Vale of Glamorgan. Patrick Jones directed and filmed, and Caroline Lamb choreographed. The Striking Attitudes performers were Brendan Chaleson, June Campbell Davies, Dylan Davies, Janet Fieldsend, Stuart Hulse, Miranda Knight, Caroline Lamb and Belinda Neave.

Patrick’s poem Mountains of Man was used in Striking Attitudes’ FOOTFALLS film and it was a pleasure for us to have the chance to collaborate creatively with Patrick once again.


FOOTFALLS at ‘Hay on Film’ weekend

From May 2012

Striking Attitudes was invited to the ‘Hay on Film’ weekend at Hay-on-Wye; the inaugural event of the Hay Film School, to show our latest dance film, FOOTFALLS.

‘Hay on Film’, which is supported by the Film Agency for Wales, is the brainchild of Cinematographer Alan Trow, British Society of Cinematographers and digital and post-production expert, Miguel Ferros MBKS.

FOOTFALLS was the first film to be shown in the new Richard Booth Cinema, which is part of the famous second-hand bookshop, and was followed by a Q and A session with Caroline Lamb. It was clear that the film made a very positive impression on all who attended.


From 13th September, 2011

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday 13th November for the first screening of our new film Footfalls. We had a wonderful turn-out including our professional dancers and many of the community dancers who took part in the film and who travelled from all over Wales to join us for the event – thank you to all of you for making such an effort to be with us.We received some wonderful comments from people who joined us at the screening. Here are just a few of them:

“It’s really an impressive film; what a great achievement” – Ajay at Portland Green Cultural Projects
“I thought the film was very beautiful” – Siri Wigdel, Arts Council Wales
“Moving, powerful piece. Wonderful” – Jane Jones
“Fantastically well done! Wow! Venice Biennale next stop!” – Gerry and Judith Foy
“Great” – Alicia Richards
“Beautiful” – Diana Sagar
“Class, from start to finish. Well done everyone who was involved” – Dan Green
“Seamlessly poetic, moving and powerful” – Lia Moutselou
“Very moving and powerful” – Eira Dyer
“Moved to tears! Extraordinary, the whole film. Moving. Beautiful. Thank you for involving us. Congratulations” – Julie Evans, Cofio
“A very moving film. Wonderful” – Pam, Cofio
“A wonderful performance” – Nell, Cofio
“Outstanding performance. Privilege to be here.” – JB Sakola
“Fascinating film and quite different” – Hawys James
“Enjoyed very much” – Elaine O’Brian
“Amazing film and gorgeous dancers. Just like your blurb says; it’s so good to see dancers with so much to give” – Judi Hughes
“Fantastic film, really moving, exceptional” – Bobbie Jacobs
“Brilliant film – hypnotic” – Colin Jacobs
“Astonishing achievement. Stunningly beautiful. Connotative, beguiling, mythic and totally satisfying.” – Wyndham Price