Welcome to the Festival 18 programme at Dance Base!
Curated by Artistic Director, Morag Deyes MBE, and assisted by Festival Producer Helen McIntosh, this year’s programme is bold and may be our most varied yet. Interwoven with themes of choice, restriction and identity, the festival is welcoming 24 shows from 11 countries to perform as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, including work from Belgium, South Africa, Australia, Switzerland, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland and Taiwan bringing together movement from around the world.
The 2018 programme (3 – 26 August) also sees a huge presence of outstanding Scottish work, including four shows from the Made in Scotland showcase, and a double bill of blackly comic work from two of Scotland’s most exciting young dance artists.
From the first full-length, full-scale ballet production ever presented at the venue, Giselle by Ballet Ireland, to a playful twist on the Indian performing art of Bharatanatyam in Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer, to authentic flamenco from Seville in Flamenco: Up Close, to minimalist Finnish breakdance-influenced contemporary in This Is the Title, by cover star Ima Iduozee – Dance Base opens its doors to a wide range of dance styles from across the globe.
We also have a few returning heroes this year – Njobo Productions (fka After Freedom) had one of the huge hits of the Fringe in 2016 and they’re back this year with a spectacular representation of life in Soweto with SOWhEreTO Africa, and Old Kent Road made a huge impression at Dance Base in 2017, so we’re delighted to welcome them back with OSCiLLATE. Andy Howitt of HowittMoves is back in Scotland after a slightly longer absence, but Sunshine Boy, his piece about LGBT icon Leigh Bowery, is going to make for a triumphant return.
We also enter the fifth year of our partnership with Taiwan Season and we’re delighted to welcome two outstanding Taiwanese shows with Varhung – Heart to Heart and Bon 4 Bon.
And far from relying on the familiar, Morag has programmed some of the most breathtaking, cutting-edge contemporary dance and physical theatre to be seen anywhere – Hong Kong’s Joseph Lee Wai-Nang with Folding Echoes, Belgium’s Leslie Mannès with ATOMIC 3001 and Switzerland’s Pink Mama Theatre with Jungle are taking movement to bold new places and redefining our relationship with performance.
Exploring timeless themes such as childhood and shared reminiscence, questioning gender, existential dread, choice, rights and identity, probing the dark humour around the tragedies of humanity and the genesis of momentous points in history, this year’s programme brings live music, physical theatre and sensorial experiences to the Fringe, as artists give their take on the world around them and how they, and we, are unified as one.
Talking about the programme, Artistic Director, Morag Deyes, MBE, said:
“History! Phew… it’s just one thing after another… and in the year since our last festival there have been changes almost everywhere, and we feel that our programme for 2018 tells that story.
Dance does love to bend the rules, and we see that in shows that reflect our evolving understanding of identity and gender. We treat your ears to beats from Africa, Seville, LA and from the coolest of Belgian technogeeks. We salute Ireland for its recent spirit of change and we welcome its full-length ballet (a first for Dance Base), and open doors even more to our friends from Taiwan. The Year of Young People gets the respect it deserves in our youth showcase and fantastic kids shows. So, at Dance Base, history is NOW!”
Delve in to uncover the full Dance Base Festival 2018 programme, a diverse line-up offering something for everyone.
It’s a programme that demands to be seen and we think it further cements our status as the Home of Dance on the Fringe.
Find the full programme and book tickets here.
To book tickets with box office, phone 0131 225 5525 or come to reception at Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU.