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"Eddie Ladd is one of Wales's top theatrical innovators"
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Tuesday, 3 July, 2001, 19:00 GMT 20:00 UK
Net dancing award for Eddie
Welsh performer Eddie Ladd
Eddie Ladd will research dancing on the internet
One of Wales's most successful multi-media performers has won a £69,000 grant to develop work which will allow her to dance on the internet.

Eddie Ladd, former presenter of the TV arts programme The Slate, will receive the money at a ceremony in London on Tuesday.

It is the latest stage in a multi-faceted career of the performer from west Wales, who has worked in television and has been part of a pioneering theatre company.

She marries together a whole series of influences in one individuae

Janek Alexander

The award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) underlines Ladd's reputation and commitment. She will be living on £13,000 a year.

Earlier this year, bilingual Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis was awarded a £75,000 grant to research and make an inspirational sea voyage.

The director of Cardiff's Chapter Arts Centre, Janek Alexander, has been a keen supporter of Ladd's work over the years.

"She marries together a whole series of influences in one individual," said Mr Alexander.

"The NESTA award recognises precisely that individual innovation."

And fellow dancer Margaret Amesm from Dawns Dyfed, based in Aberystwyth, thinks she has a style all of her very own.

Classical company

After graduating in 1985, Eddie Ladd has worked consistently and in many areas in the Welsh media.

As an actor, she appeared with Cardiff-based companies Moving Being, Y Cwmni, and Hijinx; Swansea-based physical company Volcano Theatre; and Welsh-language classical company Theatrig.

She became noted as the controversial presenter of S4C¹s Fideo 9 from 1989, and presented the arts magazine The Slate for BBC Wales from 1993.

She has been a core member of the internationally-respected performance company Brith Gof since 1991 and has toured with them to France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Catalonia and Argentina with productions such as Camlann, Los Angeles, Patagonia, Prydain, Tri Bywyd and Hafod.

She has also devised and performed her own physical work, including Callas Sings Mad Scenes, Unglücklicherweise and Once Upon a Time in the West.

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