Dance Base Unwrapped | 12 - 22 August

Dance Base Unwrapped

Dance Base Unwrapped | Free

12 - 22 August  | 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30

12 - 13 & 16 - 22 August | 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30

Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU



Our building will be open every day from 12-22 August for Dance Base Unwrapped. Book a free ticket, pop in and explore a series of installations and interactive dance experiences throughout our studios. To view all installations in full will take three hours but you can stay for as little or as long as you like. Timed entry is every 30 minutes to maintain social distancing.     

The most personal to Dance Base is a showreel of glorious dance made during/despite lockdown, that helped us keep the faith. We Didn’t Stop Dancing showcases moments of joy, brilliance, courage and sheer devotion to dance, all made during our global shared confinement. Reminders of moments we loved, people we lost, dances that lifted us up, made us smile and spoke of justices being sought. 

Moving through our beautiful space you’ll discover Take Me To Bed, an installation and an invitation. To come closer, be curious, to be with the dances of these particular bodies. An award-winning work conceived by Luke Pell and Jo Verrent, created in collaboration with artist performers Caroline Bowditch, Janice Parker, Robert Softley Gale and video artist Mark Morreau that explores the dis/comfort of audiences to bodies that are different. 

The world premiere of Living in the Space Between (runs 12-18 August) from FRAN.K & Collaborators is a hybrid club night and an immersive dance installation that represents years spent dancing in clubs across Scotland. With a 40-strong creative team, this incredible collaboration with DJs and performers was an opportunity to come together to create during a period of lockdown and club closures. Each of the performing artists were given the freedom to exist in and respond to the club worlds in a way which resonated for them and worlds were created to help the performers and artists access these parts of themselves that they'd normally find at the club and missed during lockdown and closures. It’s a celebration of how clubbing can be a queer sanctuary, a space where queer identity can be formed and a big part of how many of the collaborators came into their identity as people, as artists, as performers. It’s for the queer community, queer trans and people of colour community, in Scotland and beyond. We hope you’ll join us.  

Dance Base's Festival 21 season is kindly supported by Edinburgh International Festival.

Creative Scotland
Supported by Edinburgh
Supported by the City of Edinburgh Council