In little over two weeks Dawns Ysbrydion / Ghost Dance will start its tour around Wales, following on from the success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. We had a chat with one of the dancers, Anna ap Robert, before the rehearsals started…
When was the first time you danced?
I think I must have danced in the womb, but I was 8 years old when I first started having lessons.
Why choose dancing?
I enjoy dancing and it’s always something I enjoy performing. Eevery chance I’d have as a child, teenager or adult – I’d take. It’s a creative form of expression which gives me a chance to say something about my identity.
What were the best things about being at the Edinburgh Fringe?
Performing, a chance to see the other performances (especially Caitlin), hearing the commands from Angharad – the Head of Production – as we’d clear the set ready for the next performance, e.g. “Mop the floor!”, eating out, the great company and laughs!
Are you looking forward to touring with Dawns Ysbrydion?
I can’t wait! One of my ambitions was to perform professionaly and tour the theatre venues in Wales – and here I am making my dream come true – in a show that deals with our culture, language and identity through dance and physical theatre. It gives us a chance to say more than words can every say about who we are and manages to define us in our complexity. The physical challenge in the performance is similar to the challenges that face us in Wales in our everyday lives. I feel very proud to be working with Eddie Ladd and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, and look forward – although I’m a bit nervous! – to see the reaction of our audiences.
What did you have for supper last night?
Chicken salad, perl wen cheese, chutney and oatcakes and a large glass of red wine!