Company members from The Last Forecast, by Bridie Gane and Catherine Wheels, on the roof of Dance Base

Dance Base and Assembly announce 2024 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Programme

Nicola Kenny

Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, is thrilled to announce its 2024 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Programme. Delivered in a unique partnership with Assembly Festival, the 2024 programme will present 274 performances of 29 shows from 33 companies in the home of dance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This multi-genre showcase celebrates, interrogates and shares different perspectives on shared human experiences in all their joys and challenges, bringing important themes to centre-stage including ageing, sexuality, gender, societal expectations of bodies, the climate crisis and more.

The unique partnership marries Dance Base and Assembly’s commitment to building strong relationships with some of the world’s most daring and innovative artists and dance companies, and this year’s programme welcomes performers from across the globe, as well as providing a continued platform to nurture local talent. Dancers and choreographers from countries and territories including Australia, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Belgium, Denmark, and Germany will arrive in Edinburgh this August to share their dance talent on the world’s biggest stage. The venue will also host some of the most exciting professionals working in Scotland today including  Charlotte Mclean, Matthew Hawkins, Alan Greig, Bridie Gane and Rob Heaslip.

Dance Base is proud to support dancers at every stage in their career no matter their age, and this year’s programme features emerging stars aged 10 to 80+ International rising stars such as Lewis Major and Jessie Thompson will be performing in the venue, as well as Dance Base’s own Christine Thynne, who is set to make her solo debut at the age of 81.

This is the first full programme to be curated under the tenure of Dance Base Artistic Director Tony Mills, who assumed the role in 2021 succeeding Morag Deyes MBE. This year’s programme champions and challenges, inviting a diverse range of performers to take centre-stage and share their perspective and their practice with audiences from around the globe. With the return of the Industry Hub and the introduction of new pitching platform Fringe Fragments, the programme also reflects Dance Base’s desire to strengthen the sustainability of the Fringe for both performers and venues, creating a space where arts professionals can forge new relationships and strengthen lasting ones.

Artistic Director of Dance Base, Tony Mills, said:
“I am beyond happy to present to you our festival programme for 2024. It has been a huge privilege to meet and see artists at home and abroad and have the chance to bring the world to Dance Base once more. This year, we will be hosting emerging to established artists from 16 countries, each sharing their own perspective on different and similar topics and aesthetics. It is my hope that you might just encounter those different perspectives as they co-exist in our programme. Making that possible is something I think cultural spaces should do.

“This year’s programme has been a massive team effort between Dance Base and Assembly Festival and we are grateful for their partnership and support to make this programme happen in what are difficult times. I wish to make our festival platform more of a launch pad for Scottish artists, leverage more industry activity for partners and artists, build more relationships to secure routes for artists to our platform and create an exciting and diverse programme of thoughtful, provoking and entertaining dance from around the world.”

Artistic Director of Assembly Festival, William Burdett-Coutts said:
“We are proud to be partnering once again with Dance Base for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2024. Assembly and Dance Base hold a shared global outlook which is reflected in the diverse programme curated by Tony Mills. We delighted to support them in this endeavour and to welcome all the artists performing this summer into the Assembly programme.” 

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