Last week, following a bit of “will she/ won’t she”, I was lucky enough to get to Sherman Cymru to see TIR/ Celtic Concerto, a fantastic collaboration from Ballet Cymru with Cerys Matthews and Catrin Finch- the planets colliding in my favour.
After three days in London it was felt like the most wonderful save as I headed back home full of tired, the soft landing of home was to embrace me.
Having been lucky enough to see Cerys Matthews previously in the Sherman’s ‘Hook, Line and Carol Singing’, I was once again caught mesmerised not only by a voice, but Matthews’ absolute passion for the Welsh written word of song. Whilst I am not sure whom was accompanying whom, the choreography of Darius James and Amy Doughty alongside the music including Ar Hyd y Nos and Myfanwy is a definite explosion of the senses, of memories of old and then in more modern, upbeat songs. The interpretative dance is an absolute perfect accompaniment to demonstrate a breadth of talent within Ballet Cymru. Cerys Matthews was as heartwarming as I recalled, as knowledgeable, as inspiring and as grounded. And as the interval took hold it was almost difficult to anticipate whether anything could come next.
The second half welcomed Catrin Finch, supported by Sinfonia Cymru. A prelude of the coming to being of the Celtic Concerto, and then into the act of three parts- of jig, of Hiraeth, and of Solstice. Here the ballet seemed to take a more traditional form, but no less in strength and in movement, the accompanying music, led by the wonder of our Welsh love- the harp, seemed to wrap the blanket of home a little warmer.
There was no doubt in the strength of talent on stage, of dance and music combining to create a greater image. And yes, without doubt, reinforcing the wonder of Wales.
And as I appear to have developed a new-found talent for meeting people on trains, it would be remiss of me not to mention a gentleman on my train home who spoke with as much motivation of Earthfall, and so it is two recommendations rather than one which end this post, and signpost you to Ballet Cymru.