Siriol Joyner (movement) and Ceri Owen Jones (harp) were brought together by the movement artist Simon Whitehead to perform at a Twmpath Dawns in Abercych Pembrokeshire in May 2012. What transpired was a delicate and courageous performance which radically reimagined the traditional dynamic between harpist and dancer. Since this first meeting the pair have continued to improvise together, exploring and developing a very charged dialogue regarding Welsh identity. As part of Open Platform, Siriol and Ceri will perform for a second time, presenting an improvisation between dancer and harpist.
Siriol Joyner is an independent choreographer from Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. She originally trained as a classical dancer with the Royal Ballet Associates and was later an Associate Member of National Dance Company Wales. She went on to study Fine Art at Oxford University with a focus on developing performances which combined both her dance and visual arts (mostly sculptural) practices. She is a danceWEB scholarship recipient 2011 at ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival and although based at Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch in Aberystwyth, also works in Ireland, Portugal and Germany. Siriol is influenced by the landscape and language of her native Wales: its rhythms, mystery and the “grounding” that it offers her.
Ceri Owen-Jones studied jazz performance in college but has always been influenced by Welsh music and began to study in earnest several years ago with Welsh folk singer Julie Murphy. Part-time tramp and part-time folk musician, he takes a unique approach to the harp which he affectionately refers to as “the Way of the Ox”. Although raised in Canada, his family heritage is deeply rooted in West Wales. Inevitably, his music is born and bred from both cultures. He currently lives in Cei Newydd, Wales, where he plays the harp, overlooking the ocean, hoping for a glimpse of the Canadian Rockies.