Choreographer Placement Artist with Scottish Dance Theatre

Choreographer Placement Artist with Scottish Dance Theatre

Dance Base and Scottish Dance Theatre are thrilled to announce that Malcolm Sutherland has been selected as the Choreographer Placement Artist with Scottish Dance Theatre.

We are delighted to announce that the 2024 Dance Base & Scottish Dance Theatre Choreographer placement will be awarded to Malcolm Sutherland.

Now in its second year following its highly successful start in 2023, this opportunity supports a local artist’s professional development in the context of a repertory dance company.

Malcolm will undertake a week of research and experimentation with the full Scottish Dance Theatre company, gaining experience of repertory company work, being supported in building his own ideas, and receiving invaluable experience in a safe, supportive and inclusive studio environment.

Following an open call application process, Malcolm’s residency week will take place later this year.  He shared; “I am absolutely thrilled to have been selected for this placement with Scottish Dance Theatre and I feel very fortunate to be able to begin the new year with this creative opportunity.  This experience will allow me to work with a high-level ensemble and enables me to test how my methods and ideas work within a company context.”

In his residency, Malcolm intends to focus is on exploring the interplay between memory and perspective in performance. He said, “I’m intrigued by whose viewpoint shapes our interpretation of events—be it the choreographer’s, performer’s, or audience’s.” Inspired by Park Chan-Wook’s film “The Handmaiden,” he plans to manipulate choreography to unveil different sides of the same movement, altering the viewer’s understanding through concealed and revealed layers. This includes exploring kinaesthetic empathy and aesthetic distancing, delving into how witnessing the same movement from various perspectives influences interpretation.

Kirsty Somerville, Dance Base’s head of Professional Dance Programming, commented, “Dance Base is so pleased to have been able to work with Scottish Dance Theatre to offer this Choreographer Placement role for the second year and to welcome Malcolm Sutherland into this position. Malcolm has a clear artistic voice and creative style and we are excited for the fresh perspective he will bring to the company, and for how the experience of working in a rep company context will impact his work moving forward.”

Speaking on the goals of this placement, Scottish Dance Theatre Artistic Director Joan Clevillé said, “We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Dance Base, and to be welcoming Scottish choreographer Malcolm Sutherland to the studio this February. His choreographic craft and artistic vision are a wonderful match for the company, and we look forward to exchange and learn from each other in this week of research.”


Image credit: Sebastian Authenrieth

About Malcolm Sutherland

Born in Scotland, Malcolm completed his professional training at Central School of Ballet in London. After a year as an apprentice with Ballet Basel, Malcolm was hired as a member of Staatstheater Nürnberg Ballett where he performed in works from choreographers such as: Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Johan Inger and Crystal Pite among others.

Malcolm has choreographed numerous works for stage, including three full- length productions for the Tafelhalle, Nürnberg. Further choreographic works include: Greed, Dance company of Theater St Gallen, Entrails of a Wildcat, Nephrite Company Japan, Lost for Words, Resolution festival, Shelf Life, Interdans festival and Aftermath, Accademia Nazionale Di Danza. He has created work as a member of the Cohan Collective and on Magnetic North’s rough mix programme as well as completing his MA Choreography with distinction. Malcolm has also been a choreographic assistant/rehearsal director on projects in Berlin, Malaga and Luxembourg.

His freelance performance experience includes working with: Klever Dance Company, Dance Theatre Luxembourg, Elisabeth Schilling, Focus Dance, Company Shang-Chi Sun, Kollektiv 52°07, Shaper/Caper, Rob Heaslip, Gwynne Bilski, Roisin O’Brien, Choreolab Ulm, Oceanallover and Dumfries & Galloway Dance.

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Image credit: Bohumil Kostohryz

2023 Placement | Bridie Gane

For more on this placement, you can read our blog post from 2023, covering the beginning of this placement and it’s first recipient, Bridie Gane.