Stuck In The Mud
Nominated Best Large Scale Dance Production 2013 at the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards.
Stuck in the Mud is a magical, family friendly, free-to-see promenade dance show. It features top professional dancers from Ballet Cymru and GDance, both disabled and non-disabled, plus many dancers from local Welsh schools and dance groups. The playful piece weaves through each venue, with pieces ranging from brief vignettes to full scale, whole cast spectacles. The performance is presented as a promenade – a guided tour of the site by the performers with some interactive sessions with the audience.
The accompanying original music, enhanced by a live French horn, was scored by Newport-based Welsh Livery Guild award-winning composer, Jack White.
The original dance and artistic direction is by internationally-renowned choreographer Marc Brew. Millions of viewers saw Marc’s work at the 2004 Beijing Olympics handover ceremony and he also devised pieces for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Stuck in the Mud was devised in summer 2013 by choreographer Marc Brew. It was produced by GDance in association with Ballet Cymru and National Trust property and performed that year at Hidcote Manor Garden, Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester, and the Newport Market in the city of Newport.
GDance was invited by Arts Council Wales to recreate Stuck in the Mud for Wales in 2014. Their support, alongside Wales Dance Consortium and Disability Arts Cymru has made this happen and it was performed at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, Llawn Festival, Llandudno and in and around the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
‘……the integration of historical space, music, lighting, performance and audience interaction combined to create a profoundly moving and inspiring experience’
Phil Morris, Wales Arts Review Nov 2013
‘It is refreshing to be able to say the choreography from artistic director Marc Brew melded contrasting and complimentary styles inside his overall narrative, with dances with or without a wheelchair, exquisitely and I hesitate to even mention this able/disabled aspect of the dance as on all levels it was a delight.’
Mike Smith, WalesOnline Sept 2014
Thanks go to all the artists, local arts organisations, community groups and schools who were involved in this amazing project.