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Dancing through a very special safari.

Byline: Karen Price

SCOTLAND'S leading dance theatre company is returning to Wales next week with a new programme packed full of inspirational and original dance.

Scottish Dance Theatre will perform three exciting and entertaining pieces - Touching Zulu by Janet Smith; In The Middle of The Moment by Uri Ivgi and Johan Greben, and Luxuria by Liv Lorent.

Touching Zulu, by the company's artistic director Smith, was inspired by a visit to Africa's KwaZulu-Natal several years ago.

It captures the heat and dust of the African bush, allowing audiences a glimpse of an ancient natural world, delicately poised for survival in the 21st century.

One critic described it as, "a very special safari".

Lorent's hauntingly beautiful Luxuria, won Scottish Dance Theatre a Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2005.

One of Britain's hottest young choreographers, Lorent is the artistic director of ballet, who last year won the Arts Foundation Choreography Award, and has recently created acclaimed work for George Piper Dances (TV's BalletBoyz).

Luxuria is an earthy, sensual piece tinged with sadness and an unashamed sense of the romantic.

A majestic work that's both witty and tender, Luxuria features a passionate classical score, including Max Richter, Calexico and Silvestrov, wonderfully lavish costumes and a glorious cinematic feel.

Scottish Dance Theatre will also perform In The Middle Of The Moment, a duet set to two pieces of classical music - Pari Intervallo by Arvo Part and Ligatura Y by Gy'rgy Kurtag.

A whole host of dance is also taking place in South Wales in the coming weeks.

The third Horizons Dance Festival will be launched tomorrow with a performance at The Riverfront in Newport. There will also be performances in Cardiff and Swansea.

Among the highlights will be the first collaboration between Diversions Dance Company and Welsh National Opera, who will stage a new performance of The Seven Deadly Sins.

There will also be appearances from the Netherlands Dance Company.

Scottish Dance Theatre will be at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold from Wednesday to Friday. The box office number is 0845 330 3565 or visit the website at www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk

Karen Price
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Date:May 21, 2007
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