Artistic Development Week with Edinburgh International Festival

Artistic Development Week with Edinburgh International Festival

Photo Credit: Divine Tasinda at Dancing in the Streets, Edinburgh International Festival 2021, by Jess Shurte

Deadline: Thursday 1 June, 11:00am


Dance Base Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival are seeking 12 Scotland-based dance artists to take part in a week of artistic development with performers in The Rite of Spring / common ground[s], the first collaboration between the Pina Bausch Foundation (Germany), École des Sables (Senegal) and Sadler’s Wells (UK), presented as part of Edinburgh International Festival this August.

This August, dancers from across Africa will come to Edinburgh to perform Pina Bausch’s acclaimed choreography of The Rite of Spring in a double bill with the duet common ground[s] by Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo.

The UK premiere of Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring was performed in 1978 at the International Festival and this year it returns with the original choreography and a cast of 34 specially assembled dancers from 14 African countries. In this pioneering work, on an earth-covered stage, dancers clash and engage in a wild and poetic struggle to the music of Igor Stravinsky.

In July 2023, following two successful collaborations in 2021 & 2022, Dance Base and Edinburgh International Festival will present a week of exchange and development for dance artists based in Scotland and 12 performers from the visiting company ahead of their performance in August. This is supported by British Council.

From the 24 – 28 July 2023 the dance artists will come together at Dance Base, Edinburgh, for five days of artistic development and exchange, led by Tony Mills (Artistic Director of Dance Base).



Deadline: Thursday 1 June at 11:00am

Panel meet: Wednesday 7 June

Artists Informed: Friday 9 June

Artistic Development Week: 24 – 28 July


To find out more, please download our application pack below and complete the Online Application form to apply.


BSL Version of the Call Out:

Please note, that, as part of our on-going support to artists who experience these barriers, we guarantee that at least 25% of the places available will be allocated to artists who identify as Black or POC (Person of Colour) and at least 20% of the places will be allocated to artists who identify as d/Deaf, Disabled and/or Neurodivergent. This is a minimum, but not a limit.


If you are reading this and wondering if it is for you then please do read on! If you have any questions or need some assistance with your application our team are here to help, please just get in touch by emailing Kirsty Somerville, Head of Professional Programme,