Cardiff Dance Festival to launch at Chapter

The third biennial Cardiff Dance Festival brings acclaimed artists and companies from across Wales, the UK and internationally to Cardiff for a celebration of contemporary dance.

The festival will take place between the 8th and 24th November across six venues across Cardiff: Chapter, g39, National Dance Company Wales’s Dance House, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, University of South Wales and Wales Millennium Centre.

Chapter is delighted to be a lead partner for CDF19 as it hosts a launch party on Friday 8 November, featuring a new commission from artist Cecile Johnson Soliz and dancers. This exciting work, Exploratory Dances for Drawings and Sculpture, is an intention of future collaboration. Music and screenings of films by festival artists and companies will also be on offer. The launch party is an open invitation to connect and celebrate Wales’ only contemporary dance festival.

During this year’s festival, there will be performances of eleven dance productions, a scratch night for young dance artists and new work, a residency led by Annie Hanauer with University of South Wales students and two open studios with Daina Ashbee and Siriol Joyner.

Alongside the variety of ticketed and free performances, the festival has placed a significant emphasis on artistic development and enriching the dance community within Wales.

The full festival programme, now available online at, has something to suit everyone. Weaving its way through the programme will be an exploration of the relationship between dance and music, with many events involving live music or original soundscapes.

Cardiff Dance Festival’s artistic director Chris Ricketts said: “We are delighted to be presenting some smashing dance artists and companies at this year’s festival. Over seventy artists will be involved in productions and events. Alongside many based here, they will be making their way to Wales from a variety of European countries and from as far afield as Canada and Australia. A wonderful and diverse group of people, and a wonderfully diverse programme for audiences to enjoy.”

Performances at Chapter include: Rosalind Crisp’s Unwrapping d a n s e (15 Nov), Rachael Young’s OUT (17 Nov), Siriol Joyner’s Morfa Rhuddlan (21-23 Nov), Second Hand Dance’s Touch (22-23 Nov), and Leah Marojević and Theo Clinkard’s The Elsewhen Series (24 Nov). For full details and to book tickets for performances at Chapter please go to or call the box office on 029 2030 4400.

For the full festival programme across all participating venues please visit