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    Sep 23 2023
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    11:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Dance Mandala at Equinox Festival

    Get involved! We are looking for volunteers to join our mass participation dance project in September and we need groups or individuals (YOU?!) to join us.

    We’re arranging a mass participation movement piece inspired by nature and the ground beneath our feet, to be performed outdoors in Ross-on-Wye as part of Equinox Festival on Sat 23 September. We’re working with Welsh choreographer Osian Meilir to curate the piece (their piece Qwerin featured in our 2022 festival,pictured above) and are basing it on the idea of creating a mandala with people – moving patterns in the landscape.

    The performance will be around 15 minutes in length and we need 80-200 people to help us make it happen. You don’t need prior dance experience, you just need to be able to make certain movements in time with everyone else, to attend a rehearsal to learn what to do, and be able to perform outside as part of a group in Ross-on-Wye on the performance date.

    Want to know more? Read on!

    Schedule:

    Week beginning 11 September – individual group rehearsals with Osian (we can potentially come to your group)

    Saturday 16 September – a big group rehearsal onsite in Ross-on-Wye in the morning

    Saturday 23 September – Performance at Ross-on-Wye Equinox festival (time tbc)

    About Osian Meilir:

    Osian Meilir is a performer, dance-maker and movement artist from Wales. Originally from Pentre’r Bryn, on the west coast of Wales, Meilir went on to train at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, attaining a first-class degree, before continuing his studies and completing his M.A. in Dance Performance as part of Transitions Dance Company.

    Meilir’s very early experiences and background of Welsh folk dance has led him to appreciate dance from all different cultures, and to enjoy how dance can build meaningful bridges between people from around the world.

    Here’s a clip of Osian’s work

    What’s a dance mandala?

    Our dance will be choreographed but simple group movement to music in the landscape, celebrating the earth beneath our feet. We will have to wait and see exactly what you and Osian create together, but here is a clip of the yoga mandala which inspired the idea.

    Want to get involved?

    Email our project producer Jasmine Loveys: jasmine.wyevalleyfest@gmail.com

    Please also forward to anyone else you think might be interested! The more the merrier!