We are excited to welcome Isabel Moura Mendes to Dance Base Scotland in the new role of Centre Director, starting from Wednesday 27 January 2021. Isabel joins Dance Base from the British Council, where she was Head of Culture England & Culture Advisor UK, for Creative Europe Desk UK. .
In her new capacity, Isabel will be responsible for ensuring that Dance Base's Edinburgh centre is a home for dancers and dance lovers from all backgrounds and is an asset for the organisation and dance in Scotland.
“I am thrilled to join the Dance Base senior team as Centre Director, having followed and supported their work as an audience member, collaborator and participant for the last decade. I am keen to make use of the knowledge and expertise I've acquired in my career to positively contribute towards Dance Base’s collective effort finding creative and sustainable solutions to not only respond to what is a very challenging context for the arts, but also to ensure it remains resilient and relevant to the Scottish dance sector and the communities it serves, within its national remit. To me, Dance Base is and has been the home of dance in Scotland – a place where it can be practiced, experienced, experimented and appreciated. I am truly looking forward to meeting and working with the team, and ensuring that Dance Base continues to be a reference for this artform in Scotland, for many years to come.” – Isabel Moura Mendes
In addition to her work with the British Council, Isabel has an extensive background of working across artforms, namely a curatorial film practice developed with festivals such as London-based Film Africa, Scotland-based Africa in Motion and Iberodocs. She was also part of the Dance Base team who successfully delivered British Dance Edition in 2014. Isabel is a board member for performance company, Curious Seed and Take Me Somewhere, festival of contemporary international performance. As a senior representative of Dance Base, she will represent the organisation and advocate for Scotland’s dance sector far and wide, deputising for the Chief Executive when needed.
Dance Base Chief Executive Jim Hollington welcomed her to the role:
“We're delighted that Isabel will be joining the Dance Base team as Centre Director. She has a deep understanding of the context in which dancers work, in part from her board experience at Curious Seed. From her time with the British Council she has nurtured international partnerships for artists and through the Momentum programme has helped arts leaders from around the world access Edinburgh's festivals.”