Artistic Director's Blog, May 2019

Morag Deyes, Artistic Director

As if sunshine, bunny ears, resurrection and chocolate at Easter wasn’t enough, the new professional brochure has arrived on the doormat in all its old school paper format, smelling like a paint shop. You won’t get that digitally. Inside there’s introductions to our new Associate Artists and of course news of all summer residencies and free classes including Tuesday 7 May with cover image dancer, Daniel Navarro Lorenzo, who is new in town and wanting to share some moves and scores. Pose yourself silly in our ongoing Vogue Sessions with the Scottish Chapter of the Kiki House of Tea – unforgettable ballroom action from last year’s showcase in October is a fond memory and we want more, more, more but until we get it, this is a way of bonding in a safe space for self-discovery.

Also, the much asked for callout for Heads Up is in there, deadline for applications is Monday 27 May. Yes, you can be part of the festival without losing your mind, home, luggage etc. Speaking of festivals, it was a privilege to be there for the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival this year and to see how strong hip hop is in Palestine. Their open call for next year will go out on Facebook as always but we will also be given a direct link for 2020. Let’s keep this relationship going with this positive and eager dance community that’s forging its own vocabulary.

Some big and very happy news is that Joan Clevillé is now director of Scottish Dance Theatre. Congratulations! We are SO delighted for him and the company. Auditions will take place here later in the year but don’t miss the company performing Colette Sadler’s, Ritualia, featuring some juicy Emmanuel Gat at the Traverse in May.

Around the same time is Rambert at the Kings Theatre with Bonachela, Eyal and Swan Pouffer on the menu.

Sweet May is well on the way and there’s much to be enjoying but some might proclaim the best things in life are free. In that case come to class twice a week and showings every Friday – all free.

Now it’s only your mind left that’s needing the freedom, right?



Morag Deyes MBE
Artistic Director



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