A magical dance show recreated especially for Wales Millenium Centre has grown from a collaboration between three Welsh companies and disabled dance specialists, GDance.
Stuck in the Mud is about the joys of love, life and throwing off labels, and that anyone - regardless of age, body shape, ability or disability - can enjoy dance and dancing.
Inclusive theatre companies Wales Millennium Centre-based Hijinx Theatre and Sherman INC Youth Theatre are working with Ballet Cymru and GDance on this adaptation of this family-friendly, free-to-watch dance show, performed on and around the Glanfa stage.
Internationally renowned disabled choreographer Marc Brew is directing the piece to work both with the unique physical space of the venue and the physical bodies of the dancers.
The promenade performance leads the audience to each new dance piece - from brief vignettes to full scale, whole cast spectacles. It is suitable for all ages, and is accessible to wheelchairs and buggies.
Stuck in the Mud has already been performed at Swansea in July and at Llandudno the week before Cardiff. Deb and Mike Bright, from Cardiff and audience members at Swansea, were inspired by the show: “We visited Swansea at the weekend and came across your Stuck in the Mud performance quite by chance. My wife and I were simply enthralled and exhilarated by the event. We’re not usually dance event attendees, but the wonderful journey through the National Waterfront Museum was so enchanting. Hats off to the performers who gave us such a magical entertaining afternoon…Wonderful, simply wonderful.”
Helen Crocker, GDance producer, says: “Stuck in the Mud is completely different to other dance performances. It combines ballet and contemporary dance, and it’s specially adapted to work with each new space and local dancers. It features professional disabled and non-disabled performers and we’re particularly excited to be working with Hijinx Theatre again and the young people of Sherman INC Youth Theatre.”
The name, Stuck in the Mud, is inspired both by the beauty that can grow from mud and the children’s game of the same name.
“To make this a brilliant show, Stuck in the Mud has amazing credentials, and we’re committed to supporting new, talented disabled dancers and choreographers,” says Helen.
Millions of viewers saw artistic director Marc Brew’s work at the 2004 Beijing Olympics handover ceremony and he also devised pieces for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Assisting Marc is emerging talent Viv Gordon, a GDance choreographic fellow.
The accompanying original music, enhanced by a live French horn, was scored by Newport-based Welsh Livery Guild award-winning composer, Jack White.
Gloucester-based GDance was invited by Arts Council Wales to recreate Stuck in the Mud for these additional Welsh performances. Their support, alongside Wales Dance Consortium and Disability Arts Cymru, has made this happen in 2014. A substantial investment from the National Trust in 2013 made possible the creation of Stuck in the Mud.
Stuck in the Mud is free to see on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September 2014, 12 noon and 3pm, at the Wales Millennium Centre.
For more information, visit www.gdancelive.co.uk