Ballet Cymru present ‘Shadow Aspect’ a brand new evening-length work choreographed by International choreographer Tim Podesta, starring Guest Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet Mara Galeazzi.

‘SHADOW ASPECT’ refers to the unconscious aspect of the personality that the conscious mind does not identify in itself. In short, the shadow is the dark side where individuals are defined and bonded by their mutual feelings of isolation. 

“To know yourself, you must accept your dark side. To deal with others' dark sides, you must also know your dark side.”       Carl Jung

Music by French composer Jean-Phillipe Goude

Stage design by Australian architect Andy Mero & Tim Podesta

“Ballet Cymru are a young, vital group of dancers who are pushing the barriers of classical ballet and Mara and I see an opportunity to push this group of dancers and the boundaries even further. Under the Artistic Direction of Darius James, the company continues to develop its relationship with audiences through accessible outreach work by fusing high-level craftsmanship with street level edge,” Podesta said.

Tim Podesta 

After graduating from the Australian Ballet School, Tim danced internationally as a soloist in ballets by Ashton, Hynd, Balanchine, Bournonville, Cranko, Taylor, Weir along with many other choreographers and directors who inspired him to create his own work. In 2006 Tim was awarded ‘Best New Work’ at the Australian Choreographic Competition, which led to great interest in his work. His creations have since been performed across Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Africa and Asia including his Australian Dance Award nominated film ADOR- featuring The Singapore Dance Theatre, The Hong Kong Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre, The Queensland Ballet, The English National Ballet and Atlanta Ballet. In 2015, Tim Podesta and Guest Principal Artist of the Royal Ballet, Mara Galeazzi had their first collaboration. Their partnership has become what is now known as M&T In Motion. M&T In Motion began as a project company focussed on creating new work and has since presented new creations in London, Milan, New York, Africa, Dubai and Melbourne.

‘Australian choreographer Tim Podesta is one of those rare people about whom you can say ‘they have the world at their feet’.       Paul Ransom- Dance Informa Magazine

Mara Galeazzi

Mara was born in Brescia and studied at La Scala, Milan. She joined The Royal Ballet in 1992 and was promoted to First Artist in 1995, Soloist at the end of the 1997/98 Season and Principal in September 2003. She has danced every major role in the classical repertory and had many roles created for her by top choreographers around the world. 

Mara has been acknowledged with numerous awards throughout her illustrious career including being appointed 'Best Italian Dancer Abroad' (Danza & Danza Award) nominations for Best Female Dancer at Critics’ Circle National Dance Award and the highest acknowledgement for artists in Italy, the medal “Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” (Knighthood) by the President of Italy.

She has appeared as guest artist with the Stuttgart Ballet, Carla Fracci's Teatro dell'Opera in Rome and the Scottish Ballet. Mara continues to be a Guest Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet in London. 

Further dance work includes founding the dance group M&T in Motion with Australian choreographer Tim Podesta. In 2016 she created her first piece of choreography, Remembrance, performed with Covent Garden Dance Company in Hatch House, Wiltshire and her charity commitments to ‘Dancing for the Children’, a charity that raises funds for charities across Africa that fight the spread of diseases such as AIDS and help under-privileged children explore the joys of dance.

Ballet Cymru

Ballet Cymru is committed to innovation in dance and classical ballet, and to the highest standard of collaboration with choreographers, designers, composers and musicians.

Ballet Cymru is proud to be a collaborative company and the quality of its collaborations continues to exceed expectations. The company’s outreach programs are the envy of many big companies around the world and continue to grow through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation DUETS programme in collaboration with Rubicon Dance, an established Ballet Associate Programme, international summer school Riverfront Summer Dance, inspirational work in schools, and development opportunities for graduate and professional dancers.

Ballet Cymru is Revenue Funded by The Arts Council of Wales

Awards & Nominations

Award: Critics’ Circle National Dance Audience Award 2006

Award: Creative Wales Award for Artistic Director Darius James in 2008

Nominations x 2: Best Dance Production 2012 for Theatre Critics of Wales Awards 2013

Award: Best Large Scale Dance Production 2016 at the Wales Theatre Awards 2017

Nomination: Best Independent Company 2016, Critics’ Circle National Dance Audience Awards 2017

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