Jonathan Pugh

Mae Jonathan Pugh wedi bod yn rhan annatod o brosiect Cragen Beca fel tiwtor ym Mhrifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant ac fel perfformiwr. Mae wedi ysbrydoli ac annog myfyrwyr i gymryd rhan yn y prosiect yn ogystal â pherfformio yn un o wisgoedd Beca yn y Cragen Beca Parade ac yn y gwaith ffilm Dod yn Beca // BecomingBeca.

Mae Jonathan yn uwch ddarlithydd perfformiad yn PCYDDS Caerfyrddin. Yn greadigol, mae Jonathan bob amser wedi integreiddio gwaith digidol a chyfryngau cymdeithasol i ymarfer theatr traddodiadol i greu paradeimau perfformio blaengar gyda myfyrwyr.

Ar ôl graddio mewn Astudiaethau Theatr o Brifysgol Aberystwyth bu Jonathan yn gweithio gydag ymarferwyr a chwmnïau ym myd celfyddydau theatr Cymru, gan gynnwys Eddie Ladd, CliffMcLucas, Sera Moore Williams (Cwmni’r Gymraes), Sian Summers (Cwmni Rhiniog), Theatr Spectacle.

Mae’n parhau i hyfforddi gydag ymarferwyr theatr gorfforol a dawns i gyfuno ymarfer ag archwilio personol ac ymchwil proffesiynol. Dros y blynyddoedd mae hyn wedi cynnwys Henry McGrath, Simon Whitehead, Phillip Zarrilli, cwmni theatr Pantson Fire, Cai Tomos, Eeva-Maria Mutka, Told by an Idiot, Andy Paget, Bronwen Preece, Tetsuro Fukuhara, Jo Fong, ac Ailsa Richardson.

 

Mae ymarfer creadigol – gyda myfyrwyr yn bennaf – yn canolbwyntio ar strwythurau naratif syml a’r straeon rydyn ni’n eu hadrodd i’n hunain. Fodd bynnag, mewn byd cynyddol ddigidol, datgelir cyfleoedd newydd i archwilio’r ‘hunan’ fel awduron a chynhyrchwyr y naratif hwnnw, a daw’r amlhaenog yn ymgorfforiad o hunan newydd.


Mae prosiectau newydd mewn perfformiad ar safle, ymarfer corfforol mewn natur ar gyfer gwell iechyd meddwl, perfformiad hunan: hunaniaeth all-lein, ar-lein ac mewn VR yn cael eu datblygu.

Jonathan Pugh has been an integral part of the Cragen Beca project both as a tutor at University of Wales Trinity Saint David and as a performer. He has inspired and encouraged students to get involved with the project as well as performing in one of the Beca costumes in both the Cragen Beca Parade and in the film work Dod yn Beca // Becoming Beca.

Jonathan is a senior performance lecturer at UWTSD Carmarthen. Creatively, Jonathan has always integrated digital and social media work into traditional theatre practice to create cutting edge performance paradigms with students. 

After graduating in Theatre Studies from Aberystwyth University Jonathan worked with practitioners and companies in the Welsh theatre arts scene, including Eddie Ladd, Cliff McLucas, Sera Moore Williams (Cwmni’r Gymraes), Sian Summers (Cwmni Rhiniog), Spectacle Theatre.  

He continues to train with physical theatre and dance practitioners to blend practice with personal exploration and professional research. Over the years this has included Henry McGrath, Simon Whitehead, Phillip Zarrilli, Pants on Fire theatre company, Cai Tomos, Eeva-Maria Mutka, Told by an Idiot, Andy Paget, Bronwen Preece, Tetsuro Fukuhara, Jo Fong, and Ailsa Richardson. 

Creative practice – predominantly with students – focuses upon simple narrative structures and the stories we tell ourselves. However, in an increasingly digital world, new opportunities for exploring ‘self’ as authors and producers of that narrative are uncovered, and the multi-layered becomes the embodiment of a new self.  

New projects in site-located performance, physical practice in nature for improved mental health, the performance of self: identity offline, online and in VR are in development.  

Llun // image: Jen Caldwell

Simon Whitehead

Mae’r artist symud Simon Whitehead wedi gweithio gyda mi i ddatblygu symudiadau gyda thri pherfformiwr a fydd yn gwisgo gwisgoedd Cragen Beca ar gyfer ffilm artist a fydd yn cael ei dangos ochr yn ochr â’r gwisgoedd yn Amgueddfa Sir Gaerfyrddin, Abergwili o 14 Mai.

Yn wreiddiol yn Geograffydd, hyfforddodd Simon mewn Dawns yn Llundain ac Efrog Newydd ar ddechrau’r nawdegau. Mae ganddo ddiddordeb yn y ffordd y mae pobl bob amser yn symud mewn gohebiaeth â grymoedd, bodau a deunyddiau eraill a bod dawns yn ffordd o ddod adref ar y ddaear gyda’n gilydd – nid ydym byth yn symud ar ein pen ein hunain. Mae Simon wedi teithio’n eang gyda’i waith a thros y 10 mlynedd diwethaf mae wedi canolbwyntio ei ymarfer yn nes at adref. Mae’n aelod o Maynard Abercych CIC, artist rhyngddisgyblaethol ar y cyd sy’n cydweithio ar raglen o weithgarwch dawns yn gysylltiedig ym mhentref Abercych gorllewin Cymru. Gyda’i gilydd, maent yn rheoli dawns Twmpath/pentref, yn gweithio drwy breswyliadau dawns barhaus, gweithdai, partneriaethau lleol a rhyngwladol.

Mae yng nghanol PhD (Ymarfer fel Ymchwil) a ariennir gan yr AHRC ym Mhrifysgol Glasgow. Mae’n meddwl am syniadau ecolegol Posthuman mewn perthynas â choreograffau o gyffwrdd ac effaith. Mae Simon hefyd yn therapydd Craniosacral.

Simon has lived and worked in rural Wales for the last 28 years. He currently lives in Abercych with his partner/ dancer Stirling Steward and his 2 daughters.


Movement artist Simon Whitehead has worked with me to develop movements with three performers to wear the Cragen Beca costumes for an artist’s film which will be shown alongside the costumes at Carmarthenshire Museum, Abergwili from 14 May.

Originally a Geographer, Simon trained in Dance in London and New York in the early nineties. He is interested in how humans are always moving in correspondence with other forces, beings and materials and that dance is a way to become at home on the earth with each other – we are never moving alone.

Simon has travelled widely with his work and over the last 10 years has focussed his practice closer to home, he is a member of Maynard Abercych CIC, an interdisciplinary artist collective that collaborate on a programme of engaged dance activity in the village of Abercych west Wales. Together, they manage the Twmpath/village dance, work through ongoing dance residencies, workshops, local and international partnerships.

He is in the midst of an AHRC-funded PhD (Practice as Research) at The University of Glasgow, he is thinking about Posthuman ecological ideas in relation to choreographies of touch and affect. An artist book is emerging out of this work. Simon is also a Craniosacral therapist.

Merched Beca

Ces i benwythnos rhagorol, yn gweithio gyda thri dawnsiwr a pherfformwyr rhyfeddol i wisgo a bywhau ein gwisgoedd Rebecca. Rydyn ni yn creu ffilm i fod rhan o’r arddangosfa Cragen Beca yn Amgueddfa Sir Gar canol mis Mai.

Diolch enfawr i Marc Rees, Osian Meilir a Jonathan Pugh am eu brwdfrydedd mewn gwisgo lan ac am ffeindio eu ‘Becca mewnol’. Diolch i’r artist symudiad Simon Whitehead am ei gwaith meddylgar ac am helpu i ddatblygu’r perfformiadau.

Diolch hefyd i wneuthurwr ffilm, Jacob Whittaker a Jay, ei chynorthwyydd. Diolch i Hilton am adael ni defnyddio ei sgubor ffantastig am y ffilmio.

Rwy’n edrych ymlaen i rhannu lluniau o’r y dydd yn fuan.


I had such a brilliant weekend working with three amazing dancers and performers to wear and animate the Rebecca costumes. We’re making a film that will be part of the Cragen Beca exhibition at Carmarthenshire Museum in mid-May.

Thank you so much to Marc Rees, Osian Meilir and Jonathan Pugh for inhabiting the costumes so brilliantly and finding their ‘inner Becca’! Thank you to movement artist Simon Whitehead for his thoughtful work helping to develop the performances.

Thanks also to filmmaker Jacob Whittaker and assistant Jay as well as Hilton who let us use his beautiful Carmarthenshire barn as a location for the filming.

Looking forward to sharing stills from the shoot very soon.

 

Osian Meilir

Photography: Sophie Holland

Mae Osian Meilir yn artist sy’n creu a pherfformio gwaith dawns a symud ac mae bellach wedi’i leoli yng Nghymru. Yn hanu’n wreiddiol o Bentre’r Bryn, ar arfordir gorllewin Cymru, aeth Meilir ymlaen i hyfforddi yn Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Yno, enillodd radd dosbarth cyntaf cyn bwrw ymlaen â’i astudiaethau a chwblhau ei radd Meistr mewn Perfformiad Dawns yn rhan o Transitions Dance Company.

Mae profiadau cynharaf Meilir, a’i gefndir yn ymhêl â’r ddawns werin Gymreig, wedi golygu bod Meilir yn gwerthfawrogi dawns o bob math o ddiwylliannau gwahanol. Mae hefyd wedi golygu ei fod yn cael mwynhad o ystyried y ffordd y gall dawns godi pontydd pwysig rhwng pobl o bob cwr o’r byd.

Mae Osian yn gweithio gyda phrosiect Cragen Beca i ddatblygu sgiliau perfformio pobl ifanc ar gyfer Parêd Cragen Beca.

Mae gwaith Meilir fel perfformiwr yn cynnwys gweithio gyda artistiaid fel Lizzi Kew Ross & Co, Gwyn Emberton Dance, Satore Tech a Fearghus O’Conchuir gyda Chwmni Dawns Cenedlaethol Cymru. Mae ei waith hefyd yn ehangu i fyd theatr ar gyfer cynulleidfaoedd ifanc drwy berfformio gwaith gan Carlos Pons Guerra a Paul Bosco McEneaney, yn teithio ledled y DU ac yn rhyngwladol, yn ogystal a’i waith solo ei hun ar gyfer Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch – Palmant / Pridd (Pavement / Pasture). Fe greodd ei berfformiad cyntaf graddfa ganol – Qwerin, fel cyfarwyddwr a choreograffydd yn 2021 ac mae ganddo brofiad helaeth o arwain gweithdai a dosbarthiadau i blant a phobl ifanc.

Bydd Qwerin yn ymddangos fel rhan o’r diweddglo Parêd Cragen Beca yn Sgwâr y Guildhall, Caerfyrddin ar 1 Mai 2022.


Osian Meilir is a performer, dance-maker and movement artist based in Wales. Originally from Pentre’r Bryn, on the west coast of Wales, Meilir went on to train at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, attaining a first-class degree, before continuing his studies and completing his M.A. in Dance Performance as part of Transitions Dance Company. 

His very early experiences and background of Welsh folk dance has led him to appreciate dance from all different cultures, and to enjoy how dance can build meaningful bridges between people from around the world.

Osian is working with the Cragen Beca project to develop the perfomance skills of young people for the Cragen Beca Parade.

Meilir’s work as a performer has seen him working with artists such as Lizzi Kew Ross & Co, Gwyn Emberton Dance, Satore Tech and Fearghus O’Conchuir at National Dance Company of Wales. His work also expands into working in theatre for young audiences, performing in works by Carlos Pons Guerra and Paul Bosco McEneaney, touring accross the UK and internationally, as well as his own solo work for Arad Goch Theatre Company – Palmant / Pridd (Pavement / Pasture). He premiered his first mid-scale production – ‘Qwerin’, as director and choreographer in 2021 and also has extensive experience in leading workshops and classes for children and young people. 

Qwerin will be appearing as part of the Cragen Beca Parade finale in Guildhall Square, Carmarthen on 1 May 2022.

Patrymau a phrototeipiau

Gweithio yn y stiwdio

Mae Covid 19 wedi peri llawer o broblemau anodd i’r prosiect Cragen Beca, gan gynnwys y posibilrwydd o gydweithio yn yr un ystafell gyda chydweithwyr creadigol. Mae Louise a minnau wedi bod yn gweithio gyda’n gilydd ers blwyddyn bellach, yn cysylltu trwy Zoom a WhatsApp, yn rhannu syniadau ac yn addasu dyluniadau o bell. Yr haf diwethaf roeddem yn gallu cwrdd yn yr awyr agored a siarad dros syniadau yn bersonol, ond ym mis Mai eleni roedd yn gymaint o ryddhad i allu gweithio ochr yn ochr â’n gilydd o’r diwedd i ddechrau torri patrymau a gwneud prototeipiau ar gyfer y gwisgoedd Rebecca.

Working in the Studio

Covid 19 has brought many tricky problems for the Cragen Beca project, not least of which is the possibility of working together in the same room with creative collaborators. Louise and I have been working together for a year now, Zooming and WhatsApp-ing, sharing ideas and tweaking designs remotely. Last summer we could meet outdoors and talk through ideas in person, but in May this year, it was such a relief to finally be able to work alongside each other to start cutting patterns and making prototypes for the Rebecca costumes.

Jacob Whittaker

Partner Creadigol

Byddaf yn gweithio gyda’r artist a gwneuthurwr ffilm, Jacob Whittaker i creu cyfres o ffilmiau ar gyfer y prosiect Cragen Beca. Mae Jacob yn byw a gweithio yn Aberteifi, Ceredigion, a byddwn ni gweithio ar leoliad mewn safleoedd bwysig yn Sir Gaerfyrddin yn ogystal â gweithio gyda Chlybiau Ffermwyr Ifanc Sir Gaerfyrddin a fydd yn gwisgo’r gwisgoedd Cragen Beca sy’n cael eu datblygu ar gyfer ein tair Rebecca cyfoes.

Mae gwaith Jacob yn cynnwys gosod sain a fideo, yn ogystal â gwneud ffilmiau dogfen. Mae Jacob yn  gweithio gyda grwpiau lleol a sefydliadau cymunedol yn ogystal ag artistiaid a sefydliadau creadigol. Mae’n gyd-sylfaenydd y grŵp celfyddydau sonig GWRANDO a gofod celf Capel Y Graig ger Machynlleth.

Graddiodd Jacob yn 2003 o Ysgol Gelf Caerfyrddin gyda gradd dosbarth cyntaf mewn Celf Gain. Mae ei waith yn ymwneud yn bennaf â dogfennu, recordio ac ailgyflwyno, a yn aml cyfuno hanes a chelf, gan recordio profiadau personol bob dydd pobl Cymru a’u perthnasoedd â thirweddau a diwylliant sy’n newid.


Creative Partner

Artist and filmmaker Jacob Whittaker will be working with me to make a series of films for the Cragen Beca project. Jacob lives and works in Cardigan, Ceredigion, and we’ll be working on location at significant sites in Carmarthenshire as well as working with the Young Farmers Clubs of Carmarthenshire who will wear the Cragen Beca costumes being developed for our three contemporary Rebeccas.

Jacob’s work includes sound and video installation, as well as documentary filmmaking. He works with local groups and community organisations as well as artists and creative organisations. He is co-founder of sonic arts group GWRANDO and Capel Y Graig art space near Machynlleth.

Jacob graduated from Carmarthen School of Art in 2003 with a 1st class degree in Fine art, his work is mostly concerned with documentary, recording and re-presentation often combining history and art, recording everyday personal experiences of the people of Wales and their relationships to changing landscapes and culture.   

Ceri Owen-Jones

Partner Creadigol

Rwy’n falch iawn i fod yn gweithio gyda’r cerddor Ceri  Owen-Jones i datblygu trac sain am   ffilm sydd rhan o’n prosiect Cragen Beca. Yn wreiddiol o Ganada, mae Ceri yn siaradwr Cymraeg rhugl ac mae bellach yn byw yng Ngheredigion gyda’i bartner Elsa Davies.

Mae Ceri yn fwyaf adnabyddus am ei gerddoriaeth delyn, ond mae hefyd yn trombonydd. Y sgil hon y bydd yn dod â hi i’r prosiect, yn chwarae corn conch y frenhines.

Mae Ceri ac Elsa yn aml gweithio gyda’i gilydd fel Deuair i chwarae y telyn a ffidil gyda dau llais. Mae nhw wedi bod yn chwarae gyda’i gilydd ers 2012. Gan ddysgu alawon traddodiadol Cymreig o hen lawysgrifau a cherddorion eraill, maen nhw’n ymchwilio ac yn dehongli deunydd hanesyddol prin i ailgyflwyno sain goll cerddoriaeth draddodiadol Gymraeg i gynulleidfaoedd cyfoes.


Creative Partner

I’m delighted to be working with musician Ceri-Owen Jones to develop a soundtrack for the film we are making for the Cragen Beca project. Ceri is a Welsh language speaking Canadian who now lives in Ceredigion with his partner Elsa Davies.

Ceri is probably best known for his harp music but he is also a trombonist, and it’s this skill that he’ll be bringing to the project playing the queen conch horn.

Ceri and Elsa often work together as Deuair playing harp and fiddle with two voices. They have been playing together since 2012. Learning traditional Welsh tunes from old manuscripts and other musicians, they research and interpret rare historical material to re-present the lost sound of Welsh traditional music for contemporary audiences.

Louise Bird

Partner Creadigol

Mae’r artist tecstilau o Gaerfyrddin, Louise Bird, yn gweithio gyda mi ar y prosiect Cragen Beca i helpu i ddylunio a chreu tair gwisg i dri Rebecca cyfoes eu gwisgo.

Graddiodd Louise o Ysgol Gelf Caerfyrddin yn 2006 gyda gradd mewn Peintio ac Arlunio Celf Gain. Mae ei gwaith yn canolbwyntio’n bennaf ar decstilau, ac mae ei harfer celf yn cael ei lywio gan berthynas gydol â lliain, edau, gwlân, patrwm a ffasiwn. Mae hi wedi bod yn rhannu ei cynhenid ​​i gael hwyl gyda lliw a ffurf mewn gweithdai cymunedol hygyrch a phrosiectau cyhoeddus rhyngweithiol ers dros ddegawd.

Mae deunyddiau a thechnegau organig ac amgylcheddol gynaliadwy wedi dod yn rhan bwysig o waith Louise ac mae hi wedi bod yn defnyddio blanhigion ffynonellau lleol, i creu llifynnau a deunyddiau.

Mae Louise wedi’i hysbrydoli’n arbennig gan gerflunwaith tecstilau, trin deunyddiau a’r gallu i gynhyrchu siapiau tri dimensiwn â llaw o arwynebau deunydd gwastad. Mae ei dealltwriaeth o arferion celf gain ochr yn ochr â thechnegau gwneud gwisg a thorri patrymau (roedd ei mam yn ddylunydd gwisg theatraidd – felly mae yn y gwaed) yn gwneud ei chyfraniad i’r prosiect yn unigryw. Rydyn ni’n cael llawer o hwyl yn meddwl am adeiladwaith gwisgoedd hanesyddol ac yn gweithio allan sut i ymgorffori’r elfennau hyn ochr yn ochr â dyluniadau cyfoes.


Creative Partner

Carmarthen based textile artist Louise Bird is working with me on the Cragen Beca project to help design and create three costumes for three contemporary Rebeccas to wear.

Louise graduated from Carmarthen School of Art in 2006 with a degree in Fine Art Painting and Drawing. Her work predominantly focuses on textiles, and her art practice is informed by a lifelong relationship with cloth, thread, wool, pattern and fashion. She has been sharing her inherent ability to have fun with colour and form in accessible community workshops and interactive public projects for over a decade.

Organic and environmentally sustainable materials and techniques have become an important part of Louise’s work and she has been working with locally sourced plant based dyes and materials in recent years.

Louise is particularly inspired by textile sculpture, the manipulation of materials and the ability to manually produce three dimensional shapes from flat material surfaces. Her understanding of both fine art practices alongside dressmaking and pattern cutting techniques (her mother was a theatrical costume designer – so it’s in the blood) make her contribution to the project unique. We’re having a lot of fun thinking about historical costume construction and working out how to incorporate these elements alongside contemporary designs.