Artistic Director's Blog, June 2019

Morag Deyes, Artistic Director

May is over and we, may(!) have slipped into an elastic time warp, as I swear it’s been two months shoogled into one, with so much going on, not only in our studios, but in the hills, high and low roads, bens and munros of our fair and sonsie land.

Simone Kenyon’s mountain project took epic dreamlike shape in my head, as I occasionally met women who were on it/in it and who would say things like ‘I’m going into the mountains’. Swoon. If only…

Then there was Dublin Dance Festival with Scottish choreographers Lucy Boyes and Robbie Synge and their piece, Ensemble, which also featured two of our amazing PRIME dancers Judy and Christine. Was fabulous and is selected for Made in Scotland.

Speaking of PRIME, on Saturday 18 May, we ran a whole day of classes, film and showtime delights as a fundraiser which was part of the excellent Luminate Festival. We won’t be going to Vegas with the proceedings (as our pals in Hip-Op-eration did), but it will keep our elder company cantering along for a while longer, until we get oodles of cash.

Associate Artist Farah Saleh brought us the B word, in possibly the only palatable form left that we can take. Thanks to her and to the amazing skills of Tanja Erhart and Robert Hesp, Brexit Means Brexit! had a lot to say.

Expert dance photographer Maria Falconer gave away some of her secrets on Sunday 19 May, in her Performing for the Camera workshop.

See what I mean? May never ends! Unless it’s prefixed by ‘Theresa,’ obvs. The month was chock-full of inspiration.

Then a few days ago, Made in Scotland announced the lucky winners, as we merrily sail towards the glorious Fringe. It might feel like eons away to you, but we are firming up a luscious programme for this year’s Dance Base Festival. Congratulations to the dance that made its ways to the final Made in Scotland selection.

Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland & The University of Edinburgh present : The Art of Treepling Weekend culminating the First Footing Residency in early June. Don't miss a beat at this mini festival of percussive dance with performances and masterclasses from the likes of Sandy Silva and Colin Dunne and Artist in residence Nic Gareiss.

In house, there’s been some stonking showings in the studio, hope you made it along to some or all of them? Next up for June, will be a ladygang of talent. Janis Claxton would be proud. They are new Associate Artist Aniela Piasecka, Finnish ball of energy Pirita Tuisku, Julia James-Griffiths with important work about mental health, and Jay Yule who says Viva la Vulva. As we all do, of course.

Come and see what’s cooking.


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