Welcome to Now Here This – a programme of performance, movement and celebration, all filmed from our beloved studios and streamed to you, wherever you are!
After 9 months of quiet studios and closed doors, we decided to embrace the challenge and explore how we could bring dance back to our beloved home. Thanks to support from Creative Scotland with funding from Scottish Government via the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund we have mashed up the glamour of film, the wonder of our gorgeous studios, and the abundance of professional dance talent here in Scotland to bring you a uniquely curated 90 minute programme of performance by some of the brightest stars of the Scottish dance world to light up the winter darkness.
Featuring new and reimagined performances by Alan Greig, Bridie Gane, Katie Armstrong & Lewis Normand, Oceanallover, SALTYDOLLS and Shaper/Caper, the evening’s filmed performance will guide you through our beautiful Grassmarket home, discovering dance and performance in familiar (and some unfamiliar!) spaces. Including an array of live music, physical theatre and contemporary dance, this guided journey around Dance Base will not only celebrate the incredible range of dance and movement that we champion through our work, it will also bring life back into our treasured venue ahead of the new year.
Please note that some of the performances within the Now Here This film contain themes which some viewers may find distressing. You can find a list of trigger warnings here.
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Bridie Gane | Reception (00:00:49 – 00:04:46)
Oceanallover | Ecdysis (In Vivo) (00:04:47 – 00:09:57)
Shaper/Caper | The End? (00:09:58 – 00:30:38)
Alan Greig | Within Reach (00:30:40 – 00:38:50)
Katie Armstrong & Lewis Normand | Stronghold (00:38:51 – 00:53:35)
Oceanallover | Ecdysis (In Vivo) (00:53:41 – 00:57:26)
Alan Greig | Within Reach (00:57:27 – 01:02:59)
SALTYDOLLS | BEANS, WALLS, BABES (01:03:01 – 01:13:07)
Oceanallover | Ecdysis (In Vivo) (01:13:08 – 01:18:23)
Alan Greig | Within Reach (01:18:24 – 01:25:01)
Oceanallover | Ecdysis (In Vivo) (01:25:02 – 01:30:46)
Alan Greig Within Reach
A solo dance show that uses text, theatre, movement and choreography. The solo is written and performed by Alan Greig. Originally conceived as a live show, Alan has reworked the creative ideas for film and portrays diverse characters including Kate Bush, Quentin Crisp and Hollywood screen icon Joan Crawford.
Born in Scotland in 1962: Alan Greig trained in London and New York and was a scholarship student of seminal choreographer Alwin Nikolais. He has since taught, choreographed and performed extensively in the UK. In 1990 he formed X Factor Dance Company which toured nationally and internationally until 2009. Alan has staged international performances in Germany, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai. https://www.alangreigdance.com/
Bridie Gane Reception
Trapped inside the building ever since it was closed, two Dance Base receptionists await any action, creating their own entertainment to pass the time and slowly driving each other crazy.
Bridie a contemporary dance choreographer and performer creating theatrical works that play with wit and whimsy. Her career highlights include her solo work BIM BAM BUM winning the title of 'The best German dance solo' at Euro Scene Leipzig, and creating Bonnie and her Splashmob for the opening ceremony of the European Championships in 2018. Bridie is currently based in Glasgow and is an Associate Artist with Dance Base. https://bridiegane.wixsite.com/bridiegane
Katie Armstrong & Lewis Normand Stronghold
Working across film, movement and sound, Stronghold is a collaboration between dance artists Katie Armstrong and Lewis Normand. The work is inspired by the unique architecture of the Dance Base building. Stronghold explores the themes of absence and presence and draws influence from conversations with the people who bring life into the building.
Lewis Normand is a Scottish Dance Artist, working across performance, education and choreography. As a dancer Lewis has performed for Artists and Companies such as, David Hughes Dance, Errol White Company, Diana Loosmore, Steinvor Palsson, Kate Haughton, Ashley Page, Scottish Opera and Company Chordelia. Lewis’ choreographic work has received support from Dance Base, Dance North, and Scottish Ballet. His newest project, ‘Stronghold’, is a collaboration with choreographer Katie Armstrong and combines elements of music, dance and film. “Stronghold’ was commissioned by Dance Base for the ‘Now Here This’ program. http://lewisnormand.com/
Katie Armstrong is a freelance dance artist based in Glasgow. Katie trained at Rambert School and worked/toured with the company during her third year. Since graduating Katie has worked with artists and companies including Rosie Kay Dance Company, National Theatre Scotland, Company Chordelia, Scottish Opera, Simon Fildes/Wyn Pottratz, Tai Shani, Barrowland Ballet and Eowyn Emerald and Dancers. Katie has created work for festivals and organisations including ZENDEH, Scottish international Storytelling Festival, NTS Just Start Here Festival, Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival and most recently for the Peoples Post Code Lottery. https://theworkroom.org.uk/members/katie-armstrong/
Ecdysis (In Vivo) is a dance, music and costume project that is inspired by the species of reptiles that are found in the wild in the UK. Reptiles must shed their skin in order to grow; this process is known as ecdysis and without such a process of renewal their life would not be possible. We must all make such changes, either internally or externally throughout our lives. Ecdysis (On Vivo) is a collaboration between Oceanallover and leading electronic music Producers from London and Bristol. It is an energetic invitation to dance and to consider what we must slough off in order to move forwards.
Oceanallover are a dance, design, costume and music company making site-responsive work to an international audience. Our work is for people of all ages, abilities and background. the projects are visually arresting and philosophically stimulating. The audience are invited to enter an altered reality and to find themselves within a piece of visual poetry. http://www.oceanallover.co.uk/
SALTYDOLLS BEANS, WALLS, BABES
IS ANYBODY THERE, BABE? I’M GOING OUT OF MY MIND OVER HERE!
Two women sit alone, seemingly together but separated by a division. Cans lay strewn across the floor. BEANS, WALLS, BABES is a simple piece about isolation, connection and the power of knocking on walls.
SALTYDOLLS is a new Edinburgh-based theatre company, born out of the galvanising creative partnership of theatre makers and single mothers Estlin Love and Fiona Oliver-Larkin. Their work focuses on the voices of women, single mothers and the creation of explicitly feminist theatre. With practices as diverse as puppetry, stand up comedy, object manipulation, clown and Greek Tragic text, they make work that is riotous, irreverent, glamorous and tender, work that aims to shake up. https://www.facebook.com/SALTYDOLLSTHEATRE/
Shaper/Caper The End?
Winter. Lockdown. A phone call…
Enter a world where everyone is telling you who you should be. Where ‘their’ opinion on your gender is more important to them than your existence.
Inspired by Cocteau’s The Human Voice, The End? captures LGBTQ+ experiences collated during nine months of lockdown.
Shaper/Caper is an independent dance company based in Dundee, led by Thomas Small, a multi award winning choreographer, BBC Radio 2 Artist in Residence and Clore Fellow. Tommy’s critically acclaimed work ‘Within This Dust’, has toured nationally and internationally. Shaper/Caper’s creative learning projects include the Dundee and Fife hubs of Dance for Parkinson’s and through lockdown, they delivered 100 daily episodes of Children’s Capers, their creative dance classes for children, which were seen by over 100k people so far. www.shapercaper.com
Dance Base Scotland
Jim Hollington | Chief Executive
Morag Deyes MBE | Artistic Director
Kirsty Somerville | Programmes Manager & Festival Producer
Laila Noble | Assistant Producer
Bush Hartshorn | Head of Catalyst
Lynn Wiseman | Venue Technician
Michelle Mangan | Press Office
John Lyndon | Head of Marketing and Communications
Lyn Conroy | Marketing Officer
And all the team at Dance Base!
Filmed & Edited by Neon8
Kelman Greig-Kicks | Director
Gemma Greig-Kicks | Producer
James Miller | Production Coordinator
Captioning provided by Laura Dunbabin
Now Here This is one of the many and varied artists commissions Dance Base Scotland has been proud to initiate thanks to support from Creative Scotland with funding from Scottish Government via the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund – essential support for the sector which aims to reconnect artists, audiences and venues after this time of separation. The artist selection was curated by a panel consisting of Dance Base’s Artistic Director Morag Deyes and members from the Dance Base Artist Advisory Group and the panel are excited to see the selected works brought to life