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Monday 15 – Saturday 20 February 2021

Dance Base Scotland is delighted to present time to respond – a week of digital connection, exploration and creation, curated by Two Destination Language and featuring seven artists and their collaborators, from across Scotland.

Since March 2020 the Dance Base doors have largely been closed and our studios quiet. We have longed to reconnect with our community of artists, to support and encourage them to create and to share this with our audiences. time to respond, quite aptly, responded to this need by bringing a group of artists together under the careful curation of Two Destination Language to enable them to create new work, re-engage with past practice, and reconnect with each other and their audiences.

time to respond was an invitation to play, experiment, develop. An invitation for artists to spend time together, share a space to spark creativity and be part of a community - and an invitation to audiences to watch, engage and explore.

During the week each artist worked in their own spaces, outside of the Dance Base building, and joined together digitally to share in conversation and ideas. Throughout the week, and later in February, each artist shared moments of their practice and opened up their process and creativity to audiences during this time of separation.

Moments of their practice, process and creativity were shared on our website and social media, and captured in this short film.

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time to respond 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.


Meet the curators:

Two Destination Language

Two Destination Language is led by Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie. They make intercultural dialogues in performances, exhibitions, installations and print publications. Their bold award-winning work explores ideas of identity, belonging and boundaries. Touring in the UK and internationally, their work can be seen on theatre stages, in village halls, in libraries, in books, in galleries, in parks, along roads, in abandoned shops and in dingy corners.

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Meet the artists & their projects:

Jian Yi

My work exploration is based around Trance states and liminal spaces of transition and identity. I contextualise the meaning of Trance as the existential and emotional space of in-betweenness, and my core interest is how dance practice can re-envision that space. Drawing upon my background in South East Asian Trance and aligned Eastern Mystic contemporary dance practices, I am interested in how such practices can be transformative by recognising the Other in ourselves. I am interested in reclaiming that notion of the ‘other side’ through embodied knowledge, artistic exchange, and deep explorations of ourselves and the relationship to the Other.

Jian Yi - Lead Artist

Luke Pell - Creative Mentor

Sky Su - Performer

Anna Danielewicz - Creative Consultant

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Laura Paterson | Collision

Collision is a physical performance in which the main focus is to explore how the performing body responds to rhythm, repetition, endurance, presence and the body in pain; using trained actions learned in the practice of the Japanese martial arts, Shotokan karate and judo along with western wrestling techniques. As a martial artist you are trained to use your whole body, but your senses (especially sight) are pivotal commodities, therefore we aim to explore what happens if we are to lose something so essential and break the form, how will our bodies respond when they inevitably collide?

Join Laura and Sean at 11:30 each day from the 15-19 February on Facebook to watch a 30 minute livestream of their performance. Recordings of each day can be found on our website.

Laura Paterson – Lead Artist

Sean Ellis – Performer



Lindsay Oliver & Fiona Oliver-Larkin | AVATA5985

Lindsay has a chronic illness. She cannot leave her home. She wants to go for walks, to run, to dance. She is a poet. She wants to perform at open mics. Fiona is Lindsay’s daughter. She is a physical-theatre maker. During lockdown, Fiona would walk through town, to the beach, around Arthur’s Seat, on a video call, the camera facing outwards, so Lindsay could ‘go for walks’ too. AVATA5985 adapts this idea for performance. Can Fiona act as Lindsay’s physical avatar? Can Lindsay have a physical presence in performance art? Can they collaborate on a turn-taking, spoken-word and movement-based piece?

Lindsay & Fiona will be delivering a workshop on Wednesday 17th February 15:00 - 16:00 to sharing their findings, and explore how acting as each others avatars can create a new artform. Find full details here

Lindsay Oliver – Lead artist

Fiona Oliver-Larkin – Performer

Lindsay Oliver's Website

Fiona Oliver-Larkin's Website | Facebook | Twitter 


Lucy Suggate | 21 senses to go

I will be attempting to create a research site called "21 senses to go" it will be a place for trying out movement practices and perceptual excavations, gathering and sifting through materials, bones, stones and objects. I’m wondering if movement and choreography can help us uncover the 21 senses we don't know much about. Using JJ. Gibson’s book The Senses Considered As Perceptual systems and as a departure point and a paragraph written by Steve Paxton “The senses in our age figure very much as entertainment equipment rather than as survival tools. We take them to the beach, to films, and out to dine. In the 1970’s I read that 26 senses have been detected.” (J.J Gibson, The senses Considered as Perceptual systems, Gravity by Steve Paxton) If we only ever consider a few senses, what are we letting go of? Perhaps these forgotten senses can help us navigate through powerful times and bring about other ways of being and moving in the world?



Mark Bleakley | Ungrounded

Right now I’m not sure where is up, nor if I am static or falling.

Can we dance without a ground? On what grounds do you dance? Exploring the components which enable one to dance: space, ownership and social structures that push dance into the centre or to the margins. Working with dance artist Tony Mills we will use walking, printmaking and movement scores that explore our grounded-ness or groundlessness. This will be collated into a video collage. The sensation of inertia runs deep at this moment in time and I wonder how dance can take us out of this.

Mark Bleakley - Lead Artist

Tony Mills - Performer

Image credit: Brian Hartley



Suzi Cunningham

Entrances and exits, loss, change, falling into the unknown, resurfacing and renewal, celebrating the marks and traces of those who have gone before. This work responds to the environment and considers the history held within it. Looking at edges, thresholds, marks, taking risks and communicating with things and people who we are not able to see  Working with butoh dance, text, music, environmental sounds and the voices of others, Suzi Cunningham, will be collaborating with Paul Michael Henry who is also a butoh dancer and musician, and Carlos Hernan who is a filmmaker and photographer.

Suzi Cunningham - Dance/performance artist

Paul Michael Henry- Performance artist and musician

Carlos Hernan - Photographer and filmmaker



Tamsyn Russell

Tamsyn will collaborate with dance artist Bridie Gane for this project.

During the development period we will research varied states of connection – from connection to each other and others through movement, connection through a shared emotion, connection with our environment - the space we are physically in and how we connect to time. We will examine: What it means to be with another human; physically and psychologically and look at how we influence each other and our behaviour in important ways.

Creative team: Tamsyn Russell and Bridie Gane

Image Credit: Bridie Gane




Production Team:

Programmes Manager - Kirsty Somerville

Assistant Producer - Laila Noble

Louise Gregory - Production Manager

Beth Chalmers - Videographer 

Storytelling PR - Press


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