Free exhibition

Painting Dance

By Carl Chapple

Wales Millennium Centre

30 November 2019 - 5 January 2020

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Free exhibition

Painting Dance

By Carl Chapple

30 November 2019 - 5 January 2020

Wales Millennium Centre

Painter Carl Chapple has been working with Wales’s international dance company Ballet Cymru since 2016. The current exhibition, Painting Dance, presents pictures made since December 2018.

Observing rehearsals, often from the early stages of new productions, the artist has been able to develop insights into some of the disciplines and creative processes of Ballet Cymru dancers and choreographers, and to consider new approaches to figure painting.

This has included collaborations with dancers, drawing on their ideas, experience and training to develop compositions through improvisation and discussion, sometimes using moments or sequences from company productions as starting points

A painting by artist, Carl Chapple featuring three dancers in rehearsals

For example, the series of pictures titled Montagues was created with dancers Miguel Fernandes, Maria Brunello and Andrea Battaggia, exploring ideas developed from their roles as Mercutio, Benvolio and Romeo in the company’s 2019 production Romeo a Juliet.

Beginning with a passage from the ballet, the dancers worked together to improvise slow, deliberate movement, and through this process discovered poses which the artist could develop into sketches in charcoal and oil, and later into more considered paintings.

Other company productions inspiring pictures presented here include Divided We Stand, choreographed by Patricia Vallis, and Celtic Concerto, by Darius James and Amy Doughty.

Audio/touch tours for visually impaired visitors take place at each exhibition which can be booked through the ticket link above.

Carl will be running a series of dance workshops where you’ll have the opportunity to learn some of his techniques underneath Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon with live dancers.

1 December 12.30pm - 2pm / 5pm - 6.30pm

6 December 2pm - 3.30pm / 5pm - 6.30pm

14 December 11.30am - 1pm / 5.30 pm - 7pm

19 December 11.30am - 1pm / 5.30 pm - 7pm

21 December 11.30am - 1pm / 5.30 pm - 7pm

4 January 11.30am - 1pm / 5.30 pm - 7pm

The artist is grateful to the directors, dancers and choreographers of Ballet Cymru and to Arts Council of Wales, Ffin y Parc Gallery and Wales Millennium Centre for their support with this project and exhibition.

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Free exhibition

Painting Dance

By Carl Chapple