Artistic Director's Blog, September 2019


Crests are a bit fallen as we wave goodbye to another giddying, amazing Fringe festival and as if that wasn’t heart-breaking enough, also to our much-loved programmes manager, Helen McIntosh, who produced and managed the programme here for six years. Good luck Helen, you’re amazing.

And now, ta-da! Dance Base reappears as if by magic, all ready for the Autumn, transformed back into a busy national dance house from an international Fringe dance performance space.

This year’s Fringe at our gaff saw record numbers of people and awards, two of those going to Curious Seed who scooped the Herald Angel for the tender and beautiful show ‘And the Birds Did Sing' (as well as Runner Up at the Scottish Theatre Awards). Plus, a shout out to Alan Greig who made such a hilarious, weird, poignant and fantastic solo Self Portraits – yes, it had it all. Truly a charismatic and skilled performer, Alan really embodies the finesse of a dance artist whose natural habitat is the stage. Huge numbers of audiences were deeply moved by Company Chordelia’s, The Chosen and although only a short run, Christina Liddell’s work with the Sick Kids Hospital swelled hearts. Bravo as well to Slanjayvah Danza who brought love and live music into the programme plus some extremely sassy flamenco, stepping and ceilidh!

But… back to the future and up ahead we have PRIME and other groups from dance schools throughout Edinburgh, volunteering their time to be filmed and projected on to Edinburgh Castle in the Festival of Light.

Round about the same time in October are the Glasgow Tramways DIG festival shows by V/DA, Rob Heaslip, Project X, DB Associate Artists Claricia Parinussa and Farah Saleh, and many more. Then, up the high road to Aberdeen, CityMoves are doing Dance Live.

In the Hopes and Dreams department, we have the new DEBS and from meetings held during the festival there’s offers of connections in the form of residencies in Canada, Australia and Taiwan, and I feel a new enthusiasm from our Scandinavian partners so let us know if there’s anything you want to have followed up or any support we can offer. NordDance may live again!

Don’t forget Catalyst/Bush Hartshorn is also here to serve you, the dance community, so do connect.

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Morag Deyes MBE
Artistic Director

Creative Scotland
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Supported by the City of Edinburgh Council
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