Artist Advisory Group 2023/24
As part of our ongoing commitment to bringing more voices into our strategy setting and decision-making processes, and to establish a collaborative conversation with the dance community we serve, Dance Base Scotland have recruited five dance artists to join the 2023/24 Artist Advisory Group.
This group will work with us from May 2023 to the end of March 2024 and they will:
- Advise us on the organisation’s overall strategy, providing reflections on past and current projects and responding to new proposals
- Support effective decision making on the allocation of opportunities such as residencies and commissions
- Promote opportunities generated by Dance Base to their wider communities and networks where appropriate
Please note that the members will not be able to take part in the discussion process for a specific opportunity if they have applied for it independently
If you have any questions about the Artist Advisory Group or would be interested in joining the Group after March 2023 please contact Kirsty Somerville, Head of Professional Programme, on Kirsty.Somerville@dancebase.co.uk
Meet the Artist Advisory Group Members:
Alan was born in Scotland in 1962. He is an LGBTQ+ dance artist based in Edinburgh, working as a noted choreographer, performer, teacher, and mentor. He trained in London at the Laban Centre and Central School of Ballet and spent a year in New York City as a scholarship student of seminal choreographer Alwin Nikolais. Alan works extensively throughout UK, internationally and was artistic director for X Factor Dance Company from 1990 until 2009. Alan has staged international performances in Germany, New York City, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Dublin.
Organisations Alan has worked for include The Tron Theatre, Jin Xing Dance Company (Shanghai) University of Malta, Y-Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Scottish Dance Theatre, University of Huaqiao (Xiamen) The British Council (Shanghai) Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, and Scottish Ballet Education. Alan has been teaching for Dance Base since 1989.
Alan is presently researching a one-man solo show ‘Within Reach’ which deals with the ageing body, self-written monologues and taking dance in to new and unusual spaces in public buildings. His work explores gender, humour, text and is created through improvisation. He graduated in 2009 from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a master’s degree (Distinction) in Dance Theatre Practices.
Amy is a Scottish dance artist based in Edinburgh working as a performer, teacher and, more recently, a maker. She graduated from London Studio Centre on a Leverhulme scholarship and has worked a varied career since, performing with companies throughout the UK and touring across Scotland and internationally.
Before studying dance, Amy began a degree in mechanical engineering. The overlaps in these disciplines; process, experimenting, observing, problem solving and constant curiosity enhance and inform Amy’s working practice. With people being at the forefront of Amy’s interest, delivering movement classes both in dance and non dance spaces is an important part of Amy’s practice. While teaching she has a focus on public health and wellbeing and celebrating movement with as many people as possible.
Photo Credit: Darren Bell
Divine Tasinda is a Scottish-Congolese artist and choreographer. She is one of the founding members of the THREE60 street dance company and the founding member of the AKO afro/caribbean dance collective. Divine has worked in different productions as a dancer, choreographer, director, actress, model and designer. She specialises in dance and has trained in street dance, more specifically in Hip-Hop as well as African diasporic dance styles (Afro, Dancehall), experimental and commercial. Divine developed her career as a professional dancer and choreographer under the mentorship of Goblynz crew director Levent Nyembo.
Divine has developed to become one of the leaders of the street dance community in Scotland, providing consistent training and opportunities to Scottish street dance artists. Her aim is to share and highlight the importance and origins of African movements and its influence on other dance styles and on pop culture. She is currently working on developing African movements as a teaching course to offer to dance institutions, therefore offering an opportunity for dance students to broaden their knowledge and understanding of African dance styles. Divine mission is to lead, encourage and nurture people to develop into who they dream to be and reach their full potential.
Niamh is a dance artist with a passion for creating performances with the audience at its heart. Her work takes a hybrid approach across live and digital platforms.
Niamh’s work has been performed at festivals in Ireland, Scotland and Denmark. Her work has been supported by The Work Room, CityMoves, Dance Base, Hospitalfield, Scottish Youth Theatre, Stellar Quines, Liz Roche Company and Dance Ireland. She was a part of Dance Base DEBS program 2019-2021 mentored by Angus Balbernie.
Robbie Synge lives in Strathspey in the Scottish Highlands where he works slowly with the people, landscape and contexts of the place. He originally studied biology before working in care and education. His work playfully explores connections with materials, objects and human/non-human bodies of our world.WebsiteInvestigating parallels around land restoration and human wellbeing, his on-going residency in partnership with Cairngorms Connect and the European Endangered Landscapes Programme was highly commended in 2022. Other on-going work includes performance and film collaboration with Julie Cleves, exploring an embodied, cooperative approach to physical access. To Earth was recently premiered at Nottingham Contemporary (Nottdance) and BALTIC Gateshead (2022). Stage works include Ensemble (2018), a series of physical interactions between a group of diverse ages 30s – 80s, and Douglas (2014) is a solo of interactions with objects, both presented and touring via the Aerowaves network. Robbie’s priorities lie in developing encounters between local people and artists in his rural context.