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Light, Ladd & Emberton is a collective of three Wales-based dance artists - Deborah Light, Eddie Ladd and Gwyn Emberton - together with creative producer Laura Drane. We came together in 2014 to make CAITLIN, a show commissioned for the Dylan Thomas centenary by the National Library of Wales.

Through collaborative working, Light Ladd & Emberton creates original professional performance work, with the aim of creating exciting and inspiring productions for audiences in Wales and beyond, and to represent Wales and the UK on a national and international stage. We draw on history and identity, predominantly of Wales, to create productions with contemporary relevance and culturally engaged. 



Deborah Light

Deborah is an independent choreographer and dance artist based in Cardiff. Her work spans stage, installation and site based performance as well as image led projects and has been presented and commissioned internationally since graduating from Laban. Deborah received a Creative Wales Award (2009), was shortlisted as a Place Prize semi finalist (2010) and is an associate artist at Chapter.

Gwyn Emberton 

After many years working with some of the UK’s leading choreographers and companies, Gwyn returned to Wales in 2012 to set up his own company Gwyn Emberton Dance. His work has since received several awards and accolades, toured the UK, Europe and the Middle East and been featured on television, in theatre productions and music videos. Gwyn is an associate artist with Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Eddie Ladd 

Needing no introduction in her homeland, or in the dance sector, Eddie’s CV includes TV presenter for S4C (for which she won a Royal Television Society Award) and spells with Moving Being, Hijinx, Taliesin, Theatrig and Brith Gof. She was awarded a NESTA fellowship in 2002 and a Creative Wales Award by Arts Council of Wales in 2010.

Laura Drane

Having started Laura H Drane Associates in 2002, Laura's work has been incredibly diverse - from producing award-winning science festivals, to facilitating change processes for organisations. When pressed, she says she makes stuff, and makes stuff happen. Previous and current clients include BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Science Festival, Crafts Council, National Museums Liverpool, and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.