GYMANFA: Cai and Meilyr Tomos
A new collaboration between brothers Cai and Meilyr Tomos
One hundred recorded voices from around North Wales will make up a virtual choir of sound to fill the Tabernacle chapel in Llandudno. A live music and dance composition will take place, by the placing of 100 miniature speakers around the tabernacle space. Each speaker with its own sung note, collected from the people who occupy various chapels across North Wales that have had a “change of use” . Some of these chapels are now garages, shops, carpet showrooms, holiday homes and pubs – the sung notes will be contributed by the present incumbents to form the virtual choir in “Gymanfa”
Cai Tomos is an independent artist who has worked as a performer, director and facilitator of theatre and dance in various contexts. In the last ten years he has created numerous solo works that have toured in the UK, europe, and North/South America.
His work is deeply influenced by the psychological and psychosocial aspects related to dance and dancing. He is interested in making visible through the body those ever changing shifting states of consciousness that arise whilst dancing. His work references autobiographical material and often includes both his languages of Welsh and English.
Cai works closely within a community context; teaching and facilitating dance and movement workshops for people of all ages. He is particularly interested in dance for older adults and for those with a diagnosis of dementia. He currently runs various groups in care homes and as an associate artist of Galeri Arts Centre in North Wales where he facilitates movement for wellbeing and a performance company for the over 50s.
He is currently an associate lecturer in dance at the University of Chichester, has recently completed his studies at the Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education and has been awarded an MA qualification in integrative Arts Psychotherapy.
Meilyr has been working with sound since his teens as a musician and an editor He’s toured UK/Europe in various bands supporting Anrhefn in the early 90’s and Super Furry Animals later.
He mixed and edited sound as an ‘in house’ dubbing mixer for Barcud Derwen for 17 years, specializing in drama and animation.
He’s provided sounds for artists Bedwyr Williams and Sioned Huws, and has composed for theatre companies and local TV production companies.
This is his second collaboration with Cai
- Where: Tabernacle Chapel, Grade II listed
- When: Saturday and Sunday
- Times: 14.00 – 16.00 both days
- World premiere performance
Photos: Warren Orchard