We are delighted to announce that Bush Hartshorn has been appointed as the new Head of Catalyst. Bush is a highly respected mentor, director and curator who has previously worked for organisations around the world and will be a great asset to the Dance Base team. He is looking forward to working with the professional dance sector in Scotland. He recently started his new role on 12 May.
Until January 2015 Bush was the Artistic Director of Dansehallerne in Copenhagen Denmark, the largest building for Dance in Northern Europe. Throughout the nineties he was Artistic Director of the Green Room Manchester UK, one of a few venues in the UK to support innovative performance work at that time. He then relocated to mainland Europe to work as a festival Director and Dramaturg in Belgium and the Netherlands (De Beweeging and Rotterdam Festivals) returning to the UK in the early 2000s to direct one of the National Dance Agencies, Yorkshire Dance. Bush currently undertakes many short projects particularly focused on mentoring dance artists. He led an annual mentoring programme for Daghdha Dance in Ireland in addition to mentoring young artists in Germany, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Greece, UK and Denmark. Throughout the last thirty years he has formed and contributed to a number of international networks and various artistic juries and councils. He is regularly asked to contribute lectures and workshops around the world.
Catalyst Dance Management was developed at Dance Base as a unique resource for the professional dance community in Scotland, contributing vital skills to smaller companies and emergent and established artists who cannot afford full-time administrators, producers or company managers. The Catalyst project lies at the core of Dance Base’s work with professional dance artists, allowing us not only to help companies create new work, but also to make the sector financially strong, confident and artistically compelling.