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Ok, that's not us above. That's Laïla Diallo (on the right) and Jules Maxwell who will be performing Countless Yellow Chairs in November 2017.


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 Cardiff Dance Festival, he is a partner in Fieldwork. Projects with Fieldwork have included acting as associate producer for Jo Fong, Simon Whitehead and Joanna Young, the Family Arts Campaign in Wales and a research report around the working lives of creative professionals for the Arts Council of Wales.

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, project manager 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 of Democracy 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.

Elin Rees, press and media

Elin runs Elin Rees PR, a PR, communications and digital marketing agency. She works with a diverse range of arts and cultural organisations across Wales. In recent years this has included Wales Millennium Centre, Made by Hand and Green Man Festival.

Ellis J Wright, social media

Ellis graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University's Dance Degree course in 2015. He is Project Coordinator with Hijinx, working on its Unity Festival, and continues to work as part of the Wales Millennium Centre's sales team. Ellis will be supporting our online presence, focussing on social media activity.


Company directors

Manon Edwards Ahir

Manon is founding Director of Mela and a lecturer at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. Formerly a BBC senior journalist and television series producer, Manon specialised in foreign affairs, politics and election coverage. In 2012 she co-founded Cardiff-based bilingual communications agency, Mela, in order to advise and support private and public organisations. Manon regularly broadcasts as a political pundit and is an Accredited Practitioner of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. She teaches journalism and communications to students at JOMEC while continuing to work with a wide range of clients across all sectors at Mela

Rachel Evans

A senior television executive specialising in factual and children’s content, Rachel is currently Series Producer for Cardiff based independent company Folk Films. Previous roles have included Deputy Director of Content and Broadcasting for Welsh language broadcaster S4C, Executive Producer at Boom Cymru and Producer for CBBC’s Newsround. Rachel heads up bilingual creative teams and has extensive editorial experience.

Prof. Heike Roms

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.