Dance Base and Scottish Dance Theatre are thrilled to announce that Bridie Gane has been selected as the Choreographer Placement Artist with Scottish Dance Theatre.
In this new collaboration, Dance Base & Scottish Dance Theatre joined together to support a local artist with the opportunity to undertake a week of research and experimentation with the full Scottish Dance Theatre company with no expected outcome. This opportunity supported them to gain experience of working within a repertory company context, and to research and develop ideas in the studio with multiple dancers in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment.
Bridie Gane was chosen from an open call process and spent one week working with the company, drawing on her ongoing research into the work by textile designer Bernat Klein. In January she undertook three preparation days with the company ahead of joining them in the studio for the Creative Week in February 2023.
Ahead of the project:
Joan Clevillé, Artistic Director of Scottish Dance Theatre said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Dance Base on this placement, and the opportunity to continue to nurture our relationships with the independent dance ecology in Scotland. I am particularly thrilled to be welcoming Bridie Gane into the studio. Her sophisticated wit and visual and choreographic language are highly distinctive, and the company are really excited to get to know her artistic practice!”
Kirsty Somerville, Head of Professional Programme at Dance Base said: “Dance Base is so pleased to have been able to work with Scottish Dance Theatre to create this Choreographer Placement role and to welcome Bridie Gane into this position. Bridie has a clear artistic voice and creative style and we are excited for the fresh perspective she will bring to the company, and for how the experience of working in a rep company context will impact her work moving forward.”
Bridie Gane said: “I am thrilled to be taking part in this unique opportunity from Dance Base and Scottish Dance Theatre. Through this week I will draw on my previous engagement with the life of Bernat Klein, his textiles and the larger legacy of Tweed production in Scotland. I am hugely excited to work with such dynamic and versatile dancers and discover more about the inner workings of Scotland’s leading dance repertory company.”
Image credit: Bernat by Bridie Gane
Bridie Gane is a choreographer and dance artist based in Edinburgh. She is passionate about making dance work of a high artistic quality that is accessible and engaging to a wide ranging audience. She tackles complex subject matter with curiosity and playfulness.
Her work utilises strong musicality, physicality and humour, spanning live performance for the stage and outdoor locations, dance film and dance works with and for young people.
A graduate from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (2012), Bridie spent three years in Berlin, Germany where her solo work ‘BIM BAM BUM’ won the title of ‘The Best German Dance Solo’ at Euro Scene, Leipzig (2013). She is currently an Associate Artist with Catherine Wheels, was previously an Associate Artist with Dance Base and has worked with:
Lyra, The Work Room, Imaginate, Merchant City Festival, Catherine Wheels, Dance Base, Buzzcut, Lothian Youth Dance company, Heart of Hawick, City Moves (Aberdeen), The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Dance, Cinedans (Amsterdam), Gary Clarke, Martin Green, Creative Youth Network (Bristol), Tanzburo Munich, Sophiensaele (Berlin), Lucky Trimmer (Berlin)