y dewis

Life’s a game of choice.

Created and directed by Gwyn Emberton.

Experience the cinematic game where you get to choose how the story goes, right in the heart of Tregynon.

Join our hosts, a live MC, and onscreen narrator Natura. Together, they’ll transport you from the familiar surrounds of Gregynog, to the epic clifftops of Anglesey. There, four young souls, each with a tale to tell, meet in the beautiful, desolate ruins of Porth Wen brickworks.

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Mack just wants to be himself. Scared by previous experiences of him revealing his true self, he feels confined by society and the people around him.

Ez is confused about how to be a young man in a society that forces him to behave in a particular way. He longs to be liked but finds himself stumbling through interactions with people.

Indy calls herself a bad feminist, but it’s not her that makes her that way. The relentless gaze around her makes her check herself constantly.

Ieua suffers from crippling anxiety and other mental health issues. She can be obsessive and worries this turns people away from her. But she can’t help it.

And with the help of the MC, you get to choose how each of their stories unfolds. The collective choices you make will reveal surprises for each of them. Who knows? Maybe for you too.

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This new experience created by Jones the Dance, is inspired by stories of young people across Wales’, exploring what it means to be figuring themselves out in the world today. The film is intimate, whilst being epic and cinematic, weaving together English, Welsh and BSL. With its mix of dance and story, all set against an exquisite natural backdrop that is engulfing an industrial past, it is a celebration of Wales, Welsh dance and the hope of young people.

Learn more about the film here: www.jonesthedance.com/ydewis

Short films made by Jones the Dance’s young company

Each performance includes a short film made by young dancers from around Wales, inspired by the film and the concept of who has the right to choose or not.

A Jones the Dance production made with Theatr Clwyd, Pontio, Dawns i Bawb, Deaf Hub Wales

Created, directed and choreographed by Gwyn Emberton, in collaboration with the performers and up and coming Swedish filmmakers Aaron Lindblom, Kenny Ly and Victor Söderlund Lundvall. Featuring a beautiful score by Siôn Trefor, renowned Welsh film, TV, and theatre composer, Sound design by Nick Davies, costume and set design by Lois Prys, and text by Iola Ynyr, Sarah Adedeji and Gwyn Emberton. Y Dewis is produced by Kama Roberts. It is supported by funding from Arts Council of Wales, Kulturrådet, Tŷ Cerdd, Abderrahim Crickmay Charitable Trust, Magic Little Grant via Local Giving.

Permission to film at Porth Wen Brickworks was kindly given by its owners. It is an old, fragile, and extremely dangerous site. There is no public access. We kindly ask on behalf of the owners that you do not visit. We think you will enjoy its decaying beauty just as much in the film.

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    Since 2019 Gregynog has been run by a charitable Trust. Our vision is to be Wales’ most welcoming home for nature and the arts. We have a huge amount of work to do to restore our Grade 1 listed gardens and repair the Grade 2 star listed hall. Our grounds are open to everyone, every day and we are run a varied programme of events from Fairy and Halloween Trails to classical concerts in our Music Room.

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