A Winter Wildness

childrens 2

Upstairs at the Chapel

Saturday 12th December 2015, - next workshop, then every Saturday until 19th December, 2 - 4.30pm

A unique opportunity to work with three professional artists and performers. A Winter Wildness is a series of creative workshops for children exploring art, movement and sound. These sessions will culminate in a magical evening performance of light and shadows, imagination and dreams celebrating the Winter Solstice.

The characters and elements of a wild winter will be brought to life through the creation of paper costumes, masks and sets, movement, words and sound. Children will have the opportunity to create each part of this process with guidance and facilitation from three artists, all supported by the Arts Council of Wales: Denni Dennis, Leona Jones and Clare Parry-Jones. They will be encouraged to explore their own imagination and ideas, as well as gleaning inspiration from established sources of material.


Denni Dennis – born in Denmark and now based in Wales. He trained at The Commedia School, Copenhagen. Denni has extensive training in the Jacques Lecoq style, Russian character clown and the Pochinko method (Native American spiritual clown). He combines clown, mask, dance, acting and improvisation to create unique and dynamic characters. His clown work has been featured in theatre, circus, dance performance and art installations.

Leona Jones – awarded Distinction for her Performance Writing MA from Dartington/Falmouth in 2012, and her work has been presented across Britain and Europe. Her most recent major project, The Baroque Cello Project (Part II), was successfully presented in The Chapel in June 2015, and means of developing it further are currently being explored. She is based in Cardiff. Leona explores the hardlyheard and underseen, the hidden and hiding, the conscious and the not-so-conscious in order to create events/performances and installations centred around language, sound and spatiality. Cross media collaboration is central to her practice.

Clare Parry-Jones – local artist and theatre practitioner. She performs and teaches internationally, most recently in Japan. She has also recently taught in Siberia (paper costumes and clown) and created performance land art in collaboration with sculptors and dancers in Buguldeika and Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal. Clare combines land art, performance, ritual and clown, all of which is informed by her shamanic practice and experience. She studied RADA, École Philippe Gaulier (Paris).

Gala performance Tuesday 22nd December 6.30pm, tickets £6

All materials provided. £20 each workshop