Twelve Days of Dance Base: Scottish & International Projects

Nicola Kenny

This year we’ve been lucky enough to work with several amazing organisations to provide a variety of dance development, both in Scotland and Internationally.


First, in January we supported PASS, Edinburgh College, to recruit two independent Choreographers / Physical Theatre Makers to lead a performance project with Edinburgh College’s BA Dance and Drama students. The two selected artists were Farah Saleh and Pete Lannon. The success of this collaboration means that PASS will be returning for 2024. You can read more about PASS 2023 here.

A new collaboration with Scottish Dance Theatre saw us supporting a local artist to undertake a week of research and experimentation with the SDT Company. The selected artist was Bridie Gane, who worked with SDT through January and February. Find out more here.

In June, we partnered with Hong Kong Street Dance Development Alliance to build a connection between the hip hop and street dance communities in Scotland and Hong Kong. From this collaboration, Scotland-based hip hop dance duo Ursula Manandhar and Nevil Jose were invited to present their new work, ‘Reflection’ at The Box 4.0 Festival for four performances in June 2023. You can read more about this work here.

During July we and the Edinburgh International Festival welcomed 12 Scotland-based dancers to take part in an Artistic Development Week with dancers from The Rite of Spring / common ground[s]. This was the first collaboration between the Pina Bausch Foundation (Germany), École des Sables (Senegal) and Sadler’s Wells (UK). It was presented as part of the Edinburgh International Festival in August. You can read more about it here.

The Eadrainn | International Residency, funded by the Irish Arts Council’s International Residency Initiatives Scheme, saw us work with Dance Ireland. Together were delighted to offer six, fully resourced reciprocal residencies for three Ireland-based and three Scotland-based artists as part of a programme of artistic and cultural exchange. You can read more about this here.

We and Imaginate supported dance artist Dan Brown to participate in the Launchpad programme. Launchpad is a project to support early career theatre and dance artists interested in making performance for young audiences.  The aim of the project is to create routes into the sector, offer paid research and development time and support the development of new scratch ideas. Find out more about Dan’s placement here.

In providing the Love Dance Scotland Artist Bursary, we worked with Citymoves Dance Agency, Dance North, Dundee Rep & Scottish Dance Theatre, Tramway Glasgow and The Work Room. Together we supported three £6000 Artist Bursaries. The Bursaries were awarded to Dorine Mugisha, Hayley Earlam and Mele Broomes. Find out more about this bursary here.

You might already be aware of this from our PRIME post, but this year saw our over-60’s dance company work with Taiwanese dance company B.DANCE. We partnered with B.DANCE to support their choreographers in working with PRIME on ‘The Infinite Life Journey’, the second stage of B.LOSSOM, a cross-generational international exchange project between Taiwan and Scotland. Read more about it here.


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