Roots, blue kitchen with dancer facing the back, legs in the air
NDCWales Presents


5 — 24 November

Roots is a guided tour though contemporary dance; we take some of our favourite pieces and pair them with a discussion at the end to help you get to the heart of the stories. You can ask anything you like or just sit back and enjoy.

We’ll show you three dances made by a mix of home-grown talent and world-famous choreographers. Each is a bite-sized short story and different from the one before it.

Bernadette by NDCWales’ resident choreographer Caroline Finn is like watching the outtakes from Great British Bake off, both hilarious and really, very tragic. This piece of comedic dance is very messy, both physically and emotionally: flour and feelings everywhere.

Omertà by Cardiff-based Matteo Marfoglia is about the role of women in Italian Mafia families, it’s dark and liberating with powerful music and beautiful black lace costumes.

Atalaÿ  by award-winner Mario Bermudez Gil takes inspiration from the Mediterranean; it fuses hip-hop, ballet, contemporary and street styles of music and dance. It’s warm and dynamic with a soulful feel.

There will be short, paper programmes available at the show, however we also invite you to use our free digital programme before, after and throughout the show. The programme includes information about the dance, the dancers, some interesting videos and a chance to have your say.

In English

In Welsh

British Sign Language Supported


Anybody who sees Bernadette must feel honoured to witness it”

— Steve Stratford Reviews on Bernadette

An extremely moving and powerful piece

— Wales Arts Review on Omerta

The movement is sinuous, percussive, spiritual, and in places relentless.

— Arts Scene in Wales on Atalay

Touring To
Neuadd Dwyfor
Tuesday 20 November 2018, 19:30
Theatr Clwyd
Friday 23 November 2018, 19:45
Theatr Clwyd
Saturday 24 November 2018, 19:45
Sign Language
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Tour Programme

Atalaÿ is a watch tower from which far off lands can be seen from four points; a contagious dance influenced by the warmth of the Mediterranean.
In Bernadette we find ourselves voyeurs of a struggle to maintain order amidst chaos. What seems to be a mundane task becomes a touchingly futile struggle to persevere against all odds.

Omertà is about the role of women in Italian Mafia society, and, historically, how their lives, experience and stories were often kept hidden.