Caroline Finn has been appointed artistic director of National Dance Company Wales.
Finn will lead the company alongside Paul Kaynes, who joined the organisation as chief executive in 2014 from Birmingham Hippodrome.
Finn’s appointment follows that of Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, who was announced as artistic director in November but subsequently withdrew due to “immovable work commitments”. He was appointed after Ann Sholem, who co-founded the company, stepped down after 30 years in 2013.
The winner of the Matthew Bourne New Adventures Choreographer award in 2014, Finn has worked as a freelance choreographer, creating work for companies including Phoenix Dance Theatre, Bourne’s Re:Bourne and Tanz Luzerner Theater in Switzerland.
She said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of artistic director of National Dance Company Wales. This is a wonderful company to be joining and I relish the opportunities to deliver a vision that engages with audiences both here in Wales and internationally, as well as to develop a participation programme that nurtures an enthusiasm for dance across all communities.”
NDCW chairman Andrew Davies said he was “absolutely delighted” to appoint Finn to the position, adding: “She will bring her international reputation, visionary approach and huge potential to Wales.”