Assembly @ Dance Base

Assembly @ Dance Base

This August Dance Base Scotland and Assembly Festival are thrilled to be collaborating to bring Assembly @ Dance Base to EdFringe. The co-curated programme presents a delectable selection of dance, circus, and physical theatre in Edinburgh’s historic Grassmarket from 04 – 27 August.

This is a new and exciting partnership between Assembly, one of Edinburgh’s largest and Fringe’s longest running multi-venue operators, and Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance.

Tony Mills, Artistic Director of Dance Base said: “In February Dance Base announced that as a result of the challenging financial situation we were facing, we would not be able to take the financial risk of orgnanising and delivering our own Festival programme this year. This was an incredibly difficult decision to make as it was my first opportunity at curating the Fringe and knowing that many dance artists (local and international) whose work I’ve seen throughout 2022 and been in discussion with, would now miss that chance to be in front of audiences and programmers.

“However, we also said that we were negotiating with a partner as we sought to find a way that dance would continue to be performed at Dance Base in August. I’m happy to say we will be working with the team at Assembly to deliver a co-curated programme, which will be marketed and ticketed as part of this year’s Assembly Festival. Moreover, this will now see some of those artists get that chance to bring their work to the Fringe and benefit from the visibility and opportunities it provides.”

William Burdett-Coutts, Artistic Director Assembly Festival added: “Assembly @ Dance Base is a continuation of tradition of collaboration between the two venue teams which started with the EdFest consortium in 2021/22. By joining forces, we’re able to support and showcase some of the UK’s and world’s very best dance and physical theatre artists at Scotland’s national centre of dance. 

“Tony and the whole team at Dance Base have incredible passion for the artform, and our team are enthusiastic to cast a larger spotlight on our dance programme than we have ever done before. We’re looking forward to giving audiences an Assembly welcome to Dance Base this August.” 

Tickets are on sale now. Browse the performances below and head to Assembly’s website to book. 

Photo & video exhibition

How Do You Dance in War Zone? by Maria Falconer & Paul Hill

04 – 26 August (except Mondays)
10:00 – 21:00
Free Admission