Dance Base Press – Festival 19

Welcome to the Festival 19 programme at Dance Base!

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Curated by Artistic Director, Morag Deyes MBE, and assisted by Festival Producer Helen McIntosh, our 2019 programme is the largest to date offering a rich global tapestry of dance and physical theatre. Boasting a spectacular mix of iconic festival favourites as well as new companies and artists, the festival is welcoming 29 shows from 10 countries to perform as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, including work from the Basque Country, Belgium, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Scotland and Taiwan bringing together movement from around the world.

In its 18th year in the Grassmarket venue, the Dance Base Festival programme boasts a spectacular mix of iconic festival favourites as well as thrilling companies and artists, some of who are making their Fringe debut at Scotland’s foremost hub for dance.

Highlights of the 2019 programme include:

• An abundance of excellent new Scottish work from Curious Seed, Company Chordelia, Claricia Parinussa, Tamsyn Russell, Bridie Gane, Alan Greig, Christina Liddell, Robbie Synge and Lucy Boyes, Colette Sadler, Slanjayvah Danza, Oceanallover, PRIME, Lothian Youth Dance Company, and T.I.M Company

• Award-winning theatre and dance from Ireland’s Fishamble: The New Play Company and CoisCéim Dance Theatre, supported by Culture Ireland

• An extraordinary music and dance performance from Belgium, in which choreography by Isabella Soupart interacts with three Steve Reich masterpieces, performed live by MP4 Quartet in Steve Reich Project

Basque Showcase – the first-ever dedicated focus of dance from the Basque Country, with a triple bill in our theatre as well as pop-up performances across the city, including the commission Atlantik 1050 – an outdoor performance of young dancers who have been exchanging skills combining high energy Basque and Scottish traditions with live music.

• Two works presented by iconic London venue, The Place – Lost Dog’s Juliet & Romeo, and The Forecast by Amy Bell

• A tender rumination on loneliness from Chiara Bersani, approaching the figure and imagery of the unicorn from her own physicality

• Dance artist Charlotte Jarvis and award-winning author and poet Ben Okri collaborate on an exclusive performance work interweaving dance and poetry as a response to our times: our lives, an infinite improvisation; poetry dancing

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• Four works featured in the prestigious British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019: Colette Sadler’s Learning from the Future, Like Honey by Becky Namgauds, The Forecast by Amy Bell, and Juliet & Romeo, by Lost Dog

• Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase 2019, Ensemble by Robbie Synge and Lucy Boyes explores the possibilities of multigenerational dance, as does Fear Less Age Less – a showcase featuring PRIME, Lothian Youth Dance Company, and T.I.M Company.

• The return of the ever-surprising Taiwan Season to Dance Base for the sixth year, with Monster by Dua Shin Te Production and Floating Flowers with B.DANCE.

• Dance Base Associate Artists past and present feature prominently in the programme, with current Associate Artists Claricia Parinussa and Bridie Gane performing in a triple bill with Tamsyn Russell, and 2017/18 Associate Artist Robbie Synge bringing Ensemble to the Fringe, with co-creator Lucy Boyes.

Born to Manifest, by Joseph Toonga/Just Us Dance Theatre is a responsive explosion of hip hop dance theatre that explores the experiences of black British men, featured in a double bill alongside Like Honey, by Becky Namgauds, which challenges the tangibility of the divine feminine and gendered shame of menstruation.

6 Feet, 3 Shoes, by Slanjayvah Danza, a celebration of friendship across borders, mashing up traditional Scottish dance and music played live with percussive flamenco.

• Edinburgh dance artist Christina Liddell has created Glimpsing Air Pockets as a delicate reflection of her work with the young people of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, featuring creative contributions from the children and one of the young people as a performer in the show.

Transfigured – The Pack by Oceanallover takes place in and around the Grassmarket and part of it can be seen for free, but in each performance, 13 audience members who buy a ticket will be dealt a card and will meet a character, who will then lead them on a journey and offer a unique, unforgettable guided insight into the show.

• Agata Maszkiewicz, produced by Avant Scene Cognac, brings Still Life to Dance Base, following the success of 2014’s POLSKA. This is presented in a partnership between Dance Base and Poland’s Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

• Iconic and legendary Fringe show, The Hospital by Jo Strømgren Kompani returns to Edinburgh by special request of Dance Base artistic director, Morag Deyes MBE, who said of this year’s programme...

‘At Dance Base, we are united in our love of the exquisite, subtle and deep communication that can be transmitted with the body. This year’s programme is testament to that superpower of the dance maker to create an experience that stays with audiences long after the show is over.

‘For 2019 we spill onto the thrilling Festival melee of the Grassmarket and surprise passers-by with movement and music to lift the spirits.’

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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.

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