Artistic Director's Blog, January 2019

Morag Deyes, Artistic Director

Happy New Year to one and all, or simply to whoever is reading this. Dance Base has been gleefully open since the start of the year and buzzing as usual. 'Usual' perhaps but never predictable. The first week’s showings in the studios gave us some optimistic glimpses into the future of contemporary ballet and also Bharatanatyam with a spin. On March 1st, the results of the Indian/Scottish residency choreographed by Shane Shambu can be seen. It’s called Hebridean Treasure, danced exquisitely by Kirsten Newell who trained at the famous KalakShetra in Chennai. Catch its first performance for one night only at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the 1st of March 2019 - for more information visit :

Then there’s our Associate Artists – coming and going, making and growing. At the time of writing, we are in the midst of interviewing for the next three and my-oh-my, what a wonderful array of applications rolled in. Please know that many of the great things offered to the Associates are also available in perhaps slightly different versions… to everyone. Read page three of the professional brochure and there you’ll discover a list of services for you, and most of them are free. So if you applied and didn’t get through – the door is always open.

On February 1st we re-welcome Emma Stewart-Jones, this time as our new Chief Executive. We are thrilled to know Emma will be with us in such a position; she is such a lover of dance of course but also of Dance Base.

On the immediate horizon is Manipulate, with an excellent image of Mele Broomes in VOID as their cover image. See Mele’s in residence here at Dance Base from the 4th to the 15th of March, and VOID will be shown by V/DA & MHz in association with Feral at the Traverse on February 6th. Also check out Al Seed negotiating the Bridges of Madness with his nasty avatar The Fooligan on the 8th. Also we have some great workshops here in partnership with Manipulate. Especially excited to see Sabine Molenaar on 8/9th February with her workshop ‘Creating Your Universe’. Imagine if you could… hang on – maybe we do!? And from beside the Universal Hall’s halls comes Karl Jay-Lewin’s Extremely Pedestrian Chorales, made with Matteo Fargion and showing on February 4th. Tidy Carnage were in residence with us 21 – 25th January and are performing Nino at the Traverse on February 6th.

See you soon – and don’t forget company class is free on Tuesdays and Thursdays always. Yes, really.

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Morag Deyes MBE
Artistic Director

Creative Scotland
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