In November 2022, Dance Base present our very first Scratch Night – an evening of work-in-progress performances showcasing bold new work from an array of Scotland-based dance artists.
The evening was hosted by Artistic Director Tony Mills and provided a safe space for artists to gain valuable feedback from the audience on their work through conversation, both in the theatre and over a free drink in the bar after.
The evening featured performances by artists including Eoin McKenzie, David Ronan, Sam Vaherlehto, Alexandra Tsiapi and Carmen Berbel Lapaz showcasing some of the fantastic breadth of work being made in Scotland today.
People Dancing by Eoin Mckenzie
People Dancing is a new collaborative dance work between Eoin McKenzie and an intergenerational group of non-professional performers from Easterhouse.
The work expands notions of the kinds of bodies that can dance and, by extension, celebrates the beauty that exists across a multiplicity of moving bodies. People Dancing hopes to be a joyous and playful contemporary dance work that utilises collective movement practices, somatic practices, and structured improvisation to showcase and cherish the unique movement vocabularies that exist across the group. One day it hopes to become a riotous contemporary return to the communal and social history of dance.
Julian written by Julia Fisher, choreography by David Ronan
Equal parts drag / pop concert / comedy / stand up / theatrical / contemporary performance / dance.
A display of bad boy attitude, sincerity, tenderness and machismo, and cute pop choreographies. Written by Julia Fisher, choreography by David Ronan, featuring the moves of Kirstin Halliday, and the music of Carly Rae Jepsen.
I'm afraid to lose me by Sam Vaherlehto
What happens when our self-worth is put in jeopardy? When our existence isn’t acknowledged, and we crave simple recognition?
This work explores the inner demons that seek to come out when our self-trust is weak, when we doubt, and when we find ourselves decoupled from our spirit and our compassion. We are constantly striving to find balance, within ourselves, with our community, and in our societies. We need to maintain connections without losing our values. This work is inspired by Francis Fukuyama’s ‘Identity’ and B.F. Skinner’s ‘Beyond Freedom and Dignity’.
Mychorizza Within by Alexandra Tsiapi & Carmen Berbel Lapaz
Mycorrhiza refers to the fungal association between plant roots and beneficial fungi, a symbiotic association, that plays an important role in our ecosystem. “Mychorizza Within” is the continuation of my exploration of the intricate world of fungi and their relationship with their environment. Through improvisational scores and building blocks of movement inspired by Scottish forest environment, the two bodies bring a bit of the outdoor in the space to look at, as if looking through a microscope.
Hidden in plain sight and underground, the kingdom of fungi is their guide, as they find strength and support in each other. “Mychorizza Within” is also the continuation of my ongoing research on the relationships developed between moving/dancing bodies and the space around them.
Meet The Artists
People Dancing by Eoin McKenzie
Julian, written by Julia Fisher, choreography by David Ronan
I’m afraid to lose me by Sam Vaherlehto
Mychorizza Within by Alexandra Tsiapi and Carmen Berbel Lapaz
Alexandra Tsiapi is a freelance Dance and Movement Artist specialising in performance and choreography. She is part of “Vaiven Movement Collective” where she explores her practice through film, outdoor work and site specific work. Alexandra has performed and choreographed work for festivals such as Wonderland 2022 with Aberdeen Performing Arts, Dance International Glasgow 2021, Destination Unknown 2021 @ St. Peters Seminary, Moving Out 2021, Unfix Festival 2021, Dance Live 2021, Neverthere Festival @ Surge 2020, Lacuna Festival 2020-2021.
Alexandra works with movement improvisation, characterisation and voice in order to bring to life lively stories and narratives. Through her work, Alexandra looks at dance and ecology aiming to promote environmental awareness, and shed light to the natural world and its wonders. Alexandra also uses folklore, myths and stories to talk about social and cultural issues of our time.
Carmen Berbel Lapaz is a trained designer and dancer, researcher and facilitator working with creative movement and imagery, drawing from both the natural and the fantastic. Carmen is interested in improvisation, collaboration and breaking away from “the norm”.
Dance Base is a charity with a mission to encourage and celebrate the potential for dance in everyone. We use the power of dance to improve people’s health and wellbeing, and we support professional dance artists at all stages of their careers. We’re grateful for the generous support of out funders and donors.