Y Drioleg

Margaret Ames, Euros Lewis

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance


Y Drioleg is a trilogy of contemporary dance theatre performances that explores the social and artistic significance of traditional modes of physical and vocal expression for a minority language community. The work seeks to identify the importance of embodied historical motifs and their relation to social events in the context of rapid cultural change. It was initiated and financed under the auspices of Dawns Dyfed, a Welsh regional dance company closely associated with the Department. It represents a discrete and specific outcome in a long-term enquiry to investigate the implications of mobilising the ‘untrained body’ as a resource for performing new physical work within a specific linguistic – and performative - cultural tradition. The trilogy included performances by untrained and intergenerational performers: children, teenagers, parents, elderly people, farmers, professionals, labourers; whose contribution enabled the investigation of embodied historical knowledge within the context of making new performance. The themes of the performances were: Methodist Revival (Pererin); visibility and cultural minority (Gwêl); the relationship between traditional Welsh drama and contemporary dance practice (Cof a Chalon). Research questions include: 1. How is it possible to examine native Welsh-speaking culture within a global context by means of performance? 2. To what extent is it possible to challenge conventional definitions of dance and its restricted use by placing ordinary bodies of all ages on stage, speaking directly to the Welsh-language community? 3. Is it possible to create a repertoire for contemporary dance that has significance for Welsh-speaking culture beyond the borrowing of English cultural and dramaturgical forms?
Original languageWelsh
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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