Dancers sat in a circle bottom right in the studio
NDCWales Presents


National Dance Company Wales launched Laboratori in 2019 in partnership with Groundwork Pro, the Cardiff-based collective of independent dance artists. Laboratori is an opportunity to try new chorographic ideas and ways of working in the hope that, somewhere within the process, something new and unexpected might arise.

“Finding out what doesn’t work is as important as knowing what does.  And having the time to see the potential of something that doesn’t seem to work right now is really useful – and something we don’t always have time for when we’re in our usual rhythm of making a piece of choreography." 

-Fearghus Ó Conchúir.

In 2019, Fearghus invited Lea Anderson to be the first week mentor because of her history of making quirky and visually delightful dance for different kinds of settings, from a cabaret to a gallery. Fearghus also asked Éric Minh Cuong Castaing to be a mentor for the second week, to share some of his experience of working with dance, technologies (like Virtual Reality headsets and drones), and a diversity of performers.

The whole process brings together a number of the things that are important for National Dance Company Wales: to be a place where new ideas can emerge, ideas that in the long run will excite our audiences in Wales and around the world.  We want to support the continued professional development of the artists in our company as well as dance artists in the independent sector in Wales, and we know that part of that professional development comes from making those creative links between us. Since National Dance Company Wales is often on tour, these moments of creative exchange with our dance colleagues in Wales are precious. 

2 images, one of 3 people looking at a piece of paper, the second on someone wearing a vr headset looking to the left
3 pictures, one with a dancer on the floor reaching forward, the middle a dancer on her knees reaching to the sky, the third a dancer running her hand along a curtain