People


Chris Ricketts, artistic director and company director

Chris founded Cardiff Dance Festival, leading its initial development and curating the first festival in November 2015.

Alongside his work with the festival Chris is a partner in Fieldwork. With Fieldwork he is currently working as Showcasing Strategy Director for Surf The Wave and producing projects with Jo Fong and Eddie Ladd. Chris was director of Cardiff's Sherman Cymru from 2007 to 2013, leading the company, acting as executive producer for its work and guiding the capital redevelopment of the Sherman Theatre. He was director of Wales Arts International from 2002 to 2007. Earlier posts included roles with Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Everyman Theatre Liverpool, Theatr Brycheiniog, the Arts Council of Wales, Theatr Powys and Powys Dance Project.


Ceri Jones
, co-founder and company director

Ceri supported Cardiff Dance Festival's early development, project managing the first festival in November 2015.

Ceri is a partner in Fieldwork, through which she has led and worked on a variety of projects across different disciplines. This has included curating the exhibition series The Language of Clay: part one for Mission Gallery, curating the design exhibition Southern Lines, Northern Lights for Ruthin Craft Centre and project managing Ruthin's exhibition of Rhian Haf's Captured Moments. Ceri is leading a project with artists from India and Wales called Threads and has started working with the Mission Gallery on The Language of Clay: part two. Ceri ran her own ceramic business for seven years, before joining the Arts Council of Wales in 2000 and Wales Arts International in 2002. She was Project Manager for the Welsh Government's 2009 Wales Smithsonian Cymru initiative in Washington DC.


Rachel Evans
, company director

A senior television executive specialising in factual and documentary content, Rachel is a freelance producer for several indepdenent media companies in Cardiff and Bristol. Previously the Deputy Director for Content and Broadcasting at S4C, she has also held senior production posts at Boom Cymru, ITV Wales and the BBC in London. Rachel heads up bilingual creative teams and has extensive editorial experience with an understanding of audience behaviours.


Matthew Gough, company director

Matthew is Senior Lecturer for the Dance BA at the University of South Wales. He is a director or trustee of Coreo Cymru, Gwyn Emberton Dance and National Dance Company Wales.


Elin Rees, company director

Biography coming soon.

Prof. Heike Roms, company director

Heike is Professor in Theatre and Performance at the University of Exeter. Before moving to Devon in 2017, she was Professor in Performance Studies at Aberystwyth University. In past years, Heike worked as dramaturge, production manager and head of publicity for organisations including the Kampnagelfabrik Hamburg, the Internationales Sommertheater Festival Hamburg and the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen. She helped establish PSi Performance Studies international, a world-wide membership association for scholars and artists, for which she is now a board member. Heike has written and published extensively on her field of research, the history of performance art, through which she has collaborated with and presented at many national institutions, including Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales, Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru National Library Wales and the Arts Council of Wales.


Thanks too to Elin Rees, Ellis J Wright, Lara Ward and Manon Edwards Ahir for all they contributed to our first two festivals and to getting CDF up and running.