Dynamic Dance Music and Film


Pal O’ Me Heart Premiere

Media Release
For Immediate Release
July 2014

Earthfall’s 360° degree film, Pal O’ Me Heart premiers in Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre, Saturday July 5th.

EarthfallCoreo Cymru and 4π Productions (formally Urban Reaction Research Lab) have produced a 360 degree film Pal O’ Me Heart, based upon the award winning At Swim Two Boys, as part of the Dance Dome project, which premiered in Edinburgh Festival 2013.  Pal O’ Me Heart went on to be screened at the Morrison Planetariuim, San Fransisco USA (April 2014) and then at the Macau Arts Festival in China (May 2014).  It now comes to Earthfall’s home city of Cardiff, on the 5th and 6th July for the launch of their Welsh tour.

Pal O’ Me Heart is the story of two Irish boys, set during the Easter Rising.  This adaptation was filmed on location on the remote Pembrokeshire coastline with the two dancers, Daniel Connor (At Swim Two Boys / Motionhouse) and Murilo Leite D’Imperio (At Swim Two Boys / Re:Bourne Lord of the Flies)  performing in and out of the water.   The piece was choreographed and directed by Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis, DOP by Justin Duval and Edited by Manuel Pestana.

“This has been a brilliant experience.  Working with new technology that fully surrounds you creates an amazing visual experience for the audience and completely immersive you in the powerful imagery and story of the piece.” 

Jessica Cohen, Artistic Director, Earthfall

“This unique programme will push the boundaries for both digital technology and contemporary dance.  By using a portable dome, Coreo Cymru in Collaboration with 4π Productions and Earthfall are introducing a new form of presenting contemporary dance to the wider public.” 

Carole Blade, Creative Producer for Dance in Wales.

The Dance Dome is a portable 360° cinema that blurs the boundaries between movement, digital technology and cinema, wrapping dance around the viewer to create a truly immersive experience. It is touring across Wales, with the support of the Arts Council of Wales.

The Dance Dome’s 2014 tour features two additional productions, Harnish Lacey Dance Theatre, The Sublime, which is a site-specific live captured sequence of parkour and break dance short, and TaikaBox, The Beautiful; an immersive metaphysical journey through some of the landscapes of South Wales, featuring gravity defying dance from Laura Moy.

Public Screenings

Saturday: 12:00 – 7:45 (private screenings at 5:30 and 6:15)

Sunday: 12:00 – 4:15

This event is not ticketed so just turn up and queue.


This summer the Dance Dome will tour across Wales to the following:

5th and 6th July, Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre – Big Dance

25th and 26th July, Harlech, Theatr Harlech

1st and 2nd August,  Aberystwyth, Aberystywth Arts Centre

5th, 6th and 7th September, Portmerion – Festival N° 6

8th November, Newport, The Riverfront Arts Centre

Pal O’ Me Heart will be shown at Wales Millennium Centre as part of Big Dance on the 5th and 6th July.  For more information please contact Lewis Gwyther on marketing@Earthfall.org.uk or call 02920 221314.

Film Credits:

Produced by:  Carole Blade / Coreo Cymry, 4π Productions and  Stephan Stockton MBE / Earthfall

Directors:  Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis

Dancers:  Daniel Connor and Murilo Leite D’Imperio

DOP:  Justin Duval

Edit and Visual Effects: Manuel Pestana

Music composed by:  Frank Naughton and Sion Orgon

Additional composition by:  Felix Otaola

Voice Over: Jamie O’Neill

Digital Imaging Technician:  Keefa Chan

Assistant Camera:  Steven Owen, Tomasz Ostroga

Timelapses:  Matt Wright

Location Sound Recording:  Felix Otaola & Tom Raybould

Set Design:  Gerald Tyler

Key Grip:  Mathew Kistenmacher

Production Assistants:  Gabriella Fuhr & Dave Garner

Studio Technician:  Steve Vearncombe

Kindly Supported by:  Chapman UK, Dynamic Perception, ARRI London, Emotimo, Techniquest, Robbins Lane Studios, David Lloyds Leisure Centre.

Lowry Dancer Review

Lowry Dancer – Performance Review

The Lowry, Salford

20th November 2013


Patti Smith on the Chelsea Hotel: ‘like a doll’s house in the twilight zone, with guitar bums and stoned out beauties in Victorian dresses’. 

Earthfall are leaders in dance theatre and have been producing innovating and fresh performances since their formation in 1989. Earthfall’s creators, Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis established the company with a policy of forging radical choreography with live music and strong visual imagery and tonight’s performance of ‘Chelsea Hotel’ certainly did seem to embody this. The live band and singers that accompanied the performance made the spirit of the hotel much easier to capture and embrace, and along with the partly prerecorded and partly live video being projected as a back drop the audience were really able to feel a sense of liveliness and intrigue.

The four dancers that performed in the piece raced around the stage with such intensity and drive and it was so exhilarating to watch as they threw each other around, fearlessly and tackled moves that made jaws drop and eyes squint. The dancers created a real buzz because their determination to really do this piece justice was clear. The Chelsea Hotel as a concept is a fantastic starting point which opens doors to numerous creative opportunities which I feel Earthfall portrayed beautifully. Not only were the dancers technically and professionally good, their expressions and gestures meant the piece could obtain a quirky edge that I think can only be achieved with such young, excitable dancers.

This is a must see for audiences who just want to see something fun. Something that will keep them awake, engaged and satisfied. As I left the theatre I heard someone mumble ‘hmm well it was alright, I think I’d give it 6ish out of 10′. Now I don’t know what theatre this person had just come out of but it certainly can’t have been mine.

Dance Ambassadors – Performance Review

The Lowry, Salford

November 2013

The live guitar riffs resonate through the theatre, repeating over and over again.  On the other side of the stage, the dancers perform a painfully slow movement sequence to sit down at a table.  An old fashioned fridge and rickety old bed also share the stage.  This sets the scene of the infamous Chelsea Hotel – a New York icon, embedded in history due to the abundance of famous artists, writers and musicians who chose to live there.

The set, the costume, the video footage and the rock music all interweave to take us back in time, somewhere in the 1950’s, 60’s or 70’s, to an era of intense artistic creativity.  This journey is instigated by a powerful solo, executed from the top of the vintage refrigerator incorporating popular dance moves from that era.  The soloist, Rosalind Haf Brooks, is phenomenal throughout the entire piece.  All the dancers tackle the physicality of the choreography well, but I urge you to try and take your eyes off Brooks.


Artistic Director Jim Ennis explained to the audience that Earthfall creates ‘feel’ and ‘atmosphere,’ rather than following linear narratives.  This kaleidoscopic approach to devising is obvious in Chelsea Hotel, where the ghost train elevator takes us through love and delirium, anger and confusion.  While the piece carries an incredible energy, I felt Earthfall were clinging on to their physical theatre roots rather than revealing innovative choreography.  They have a recognised style that has worked for almost twenty five years, but I would love to see something drastically different from this pioneering dance theatre company.

They are experts, however in engaging their audiences.  This time it was with a chocolate gift, including an image to scan in order to download the Earthfall app.  This was a creative idea that intrigues the audience, and persuades them to download the app to watch videos of an extra scene from the performance.  Overall it was a classic Earthfall production – raw, physical movement and emotion, within an integrated multi media performance.  Some will say their contemporaries are beginning to outshine them; but Earthfall are still pleasing audiences nationwide and will always be a relevant name in dance theatre.

Cylchgrawn Lamp, Caerfaddon, Mawrth 2013

Cylchgrawn Lamp, Caerfaddon, Mawrth 2013

Mae gan bob ystafell stori i’w hadrodd: ‘Chelsea Hotel’

Wrth i’r gwesty gwreiddiol gael ei adnewyddu – mewn amgylchiadau digon dadleuol – mae’r cwmni dawns Earthfall yn paratoi i ddatgelu peth o farddoniaeth a digwyddiadau trasicomig y gwesty eiconig yn Efrog Newydd, yng Nghanolfan Gelfyddydau Tacchi-Morris.

Treuliodd Dylan Thomas rai o’i oriau olaf yn y Chelsea Hotel ac roedd Mark Twain yn un o’r awduron cyntaf i aros yno. Ysgrifennodd Leonard Cohen gân am ei berthynas â Janis Joplin – ‘Chelsea Hotel #2’ – ac fe soniodd Bob Dylan am ‘Aros ar ddihun am ddiwrnodau cyfain yn y Chelsea Hotel er mwyn ysgrifennu Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands’ i’w wraig, Sara. Mae Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Arthur C. Clarke, Quentin Crisp, a Sid a Nancy yn ddim ond rhai o’r enwau chwedlonol eraill a basiodd trwy ddrysau’r gwesty enwog yn Efrog Newydd yn ystod y 100 mlynedd diwethaf.

Gan ddefnyddio cyfuniad o ddawnsio radical, cerddoriaeth fyw a ffilm, mae’r cwmni aml-wobrwyol, Earthfall, yn datgelu haenau o hanesion – rhai’n wir, rhai’n ffug – sydd wedi glynu wrth furiau’r gwesty.

“Roedden ni eisoes wedi gwneud llawer o waith ymchwil i fyd celfyddydol Efrog Newydd y 50au a’r 60au ar gyfer ein sioe ‘The Factory’ “, meddai’r Cyfarwyddwr Artistig, Jim Ennis, gan gyfeirio at gynhyrchiad blaenorol Earthfall a ysbrydolwyd gan stiwdio enwog Andy Warhol. “O’r gwaith ymchwil hwnnw, daeth straeon i’r amlwg am ddigwyddiadau a phobl yn y ‘Chelsea Hotel’. Fel Factory Warhol, datblygodd y Chelsea Hotel i fod yn fan i artistiaid ddod o hyd i loches, ac i greu teimlad teuluol, bron, er mwyn eu gwarchod eu hunain.”

Un o’r prif ddylanwadau ar goreograffi Chelsea Hotel oedd straeon Patti Smith am y cyfnod a dreuliodd yn y gwesty yn y 60au – straeon a ddatgelodd yn ei llyfr ‘Just Kids’.

“Es i i’w chlywed hi’n darllen o’i llyfr – hanes prydferth am y garwriaeth rhyngddi hi a Robert Mapplethorpe,” meddai Jim. “Roedd e’n dod i delerau â’i rywioldeb a Patti’n ceisio dod i delerau â’i chreadigrwydd eu hun a’i gyrfa artistig.”

Aeth Jim, ynghyd â’i gyd-Gyfarwyddwr Artistig, Jessica Cohen, i Efrog Newydd i ymweld â’r Chelsea Hotel drosto’i hun. “Roedd yna awyrgylch o draed moch prydferth yno,” meddai Jim. “Roedd pethau’n ddi-drefn – ac ambell artist yn cyfrannu lluniau a phaentiadau yn hytrach na thalu rhent. Mae gan yr adeilad garisma ac mae e wedi bod yn fan diwylliannol, wedi’i greu’n organig o’r gwaelod i fyny. Ond erbyn hyn, mae’r lle fel petai’n dod yn fwy corfforaethol.”

Mae’r Gwesty, a agorwyd ym 1884, yn cael ei adnewyddu ar hyn o bryd. O ganlyniad, mae llawer o’r nodweddion hanesyddol – gan gynnwys gweithiau artistig – wedi cael eu symud. Mae hyn yn dra dadleuol ac mae rhai trigolion yn honni taw ymgais yw hyn gan y datblygwyr i wthio tenantiaid presennol allan o’r gwesty. Mae rhai ohonynt wedi bod yn byw yno ers y 1960au.

“Dw i’n credu ei bod hi’n bwysig iawn i adrodd straeon – unrhyw stori – i genhedlaeth newydd, ac i ni fod yn ymwybodol o’n hanes diwylliannol”, meddai Jim, “ond nid creu dogfen yw’r nod. Byddwn yn gwneud defnydd o’n profiadau ein hunain ac yn defnyddio cyfeiriadau at fywgraffiadau ein perfformwyr ni oddi mewn i’r cynhyrchiad, gan ddefnyddio ambell elfen ffeithiol ac ambell elfen ddychmygol.”

Sefydlwyd Earthfall gan Jim, ar y cyd â Jessica Cohen, ym 1989 gyda’r nod o greu coreograffi radical ac uno’r corfforoldeb hwnnw â cherddoriaeth fyw a delweddau grymus. Ers hynny, mae Earthfall wedi perfformio mewn gwyliau mawrion ymhob cwr o’r byd, ac wedi ennill nifer o wobrau am eu perfformiadau byw a’u gwaith ar ffilm. Mae’r rhain yn cynnwys Gwobr BAFTA Cymru am y Ffilm Fer Orau ‘Too Old to Dream’ a Gwobr Theatr yng Nghymru am y Ddawns Orau ‘At Swim Two Boys’.

Ar ôl ‘Chelsea Hotel’, bydd prosiect nesaf Earthfall yn eu harwain nhw i gyfeiriad gwahanol – ‘Stories from a Crowded Room‘ fydd y teitl. Bydd yn ddarn gosod byrrach ac mae Jim yn ei ddisgrifio fel “darn o bensaernïaeth, darn safle-benodol o waith a fydd yn amgylchynu’r dawnswyr a’r gynulleidfa’n llwyr.”

gan Sara Loveridge

Gallwch weld Earthfall yn perfformio Chelsea Hotel ar ddydd Iau, 25 Ebrill yng Nghanolfan Gelfyddydau Tacchi-Morris, Ffordd yr Ysgol, Taunton. TA2 8PD, 7.30pm. Tocynnau: £9, Consesiynau £7, Myfyrwyr £5. Addas i bobl 14+ oed. Swyddfa Docynnau: 01823 414141. Gwe-fan: www.tacchi-morris.com.

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