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Interview: Compagnie Käfig's Mourad Merzouki on Boxe Boxe

24 Mar 2014

The dynamic new dance performance combines the worlds of boxing and breakdancing

Picture a breakdance battle: two opponents squaring up, using their skill and agility to beat each other into submission. Now picture a boxing match. Aside from the obvious physical contact in the latter, there are more than a few similarities. Trained…

Strictly Come Dancing's Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace present Dance 'Til Dawn

24 Mar 2014

Cacace says the new stage show brings 'the worlds of musical theatre and ballroom dancing together'

The Strictly Come Dancing tree has sprouted a number of branches in recent years, with varying results. Of all the stage shows created by the BBC programme’s professional dancers, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace’s Midnight Tango met with the biggest…

Northern Ballet production of Cinderella tours UK in 2014

26 Feb 2014

Dates include Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff, Belfast, Sheffield, Hull, Norwich and Newcastle

Her step-sisters are mean, she loses her shoe at the ball, and bags herself a prince at the end. The rags to riches tale of Cinderella is known, and enjoyed, by everyone from pre-schoolers to pensioners. But even the most tried and tested narrative can…

Janice Parker's Glory is an immersive dance piece with cast of over 30 performers

25 Feb 2014

Professional and non-professional dancers feature in piece part of Glasgow’s cultural Commonwealth G

Janice Parker delights in blurring the boundaries between different forms. Her Private Dancer introduced the audience to a house filled with performers: for Glory, a major part of Glasgow’s cultural Commonwealth Games programme, she arrived at Tramway…

Jer Reid and Solène Weinachter: Around Titles - Glasgow Open Dance School at the Market Gallery, Sun 9 Feb 2014

18 Feb 20145 stars

The guitarist and the dancer form a very special improvised creative partnership

A six-week project offering free movement workshops and dance performances in a gallery space in Glasgow’s East End, the Glasgow Open Dance School is an inspiring example of the city’s DIY culture: democratic, not for profit, community-oriented…

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Interview: Jonathan Ollivier, lead dancer in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

18 Feb 2014

Male dancers 'can portray a more aggressive physicality & power, which is exactly how it should be'

It’s almost 20 years since Matthew Bourne changed the landscape of British modern dance. When Swan Lake opened at London’s Sadler’s Wells theatre in 1995, Bourne could scarcely have imagined how popular it would be – and remain. Once again touring…

Interview: choreographer Damien Jalet on Japan-inspired piece Yama

18 Feb 2014

The piece will feature alongside Jorge Crecis's Kingdom in a Scottish Dance Theatre double bill

Over a year since she came into post, Scottish Dance Theatre’s artistic director Fleur Darkin is nailing her colours firmly to the mast with her first commissions. Darkin’s choice of two European choreographers, both known for their exciting approach to…

Interview: contemporary dance guru Siobhan Davies on her latest work, Table of Contents

28 Jan 2014

Looking back at paintings, writing or music from the past is made easy by the multitude of archives in the world. But how do you capture, and store, the more ephemeral art of dance – and the processes that went into its creation? One of the few…

Biennial showcase British Dance Edition combines industry events and public performances

22 Jan 2014

Event featuring Akram Khan, Hofesh Shechter and Scottish Dance Theatre

In most industries, conferences and events come and go without outsiders knowing anything about it. But the dance world likes to do things a little differently. When British Dance Edition (BDE), the biennial showcase of UK dance, comes to Scotland for…

Strictly Come Dancing Live tour 2014 set for Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham and more

22 Jan 2014

Mark Benton, Abbey Clancy and Natalie Gumede set to appear in live show

There’s something about watching an underdog learn and grow that brings out the best in all of us. Year after year, the lineup on Strictly Come Dancing features a healthy mix of professional dancers, celebrities with aptitude and a few comedy turns with…

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Best Hogmanay events in Edinburgh and Glasgow 2013

12 Dec 2013

How to spend the Christmas holidays, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in Scotland

The best events in Glasgow and Edinburgh for Hogmanay 2013/2014. Plus, all the places open on New Year's Day. 1 Watch some pop lords. The former assistant editor of Smash Hits (that’s Neil Tennant, fact fans) and Chris Lowe bring their deadpan, yet…

Scot:Lands offers tour of free music, theatre and dance performances around Edinburgh on New Year's Day

12 Dec 2013

Performances from RM Hubbert, Smallpetitklein and theatre show Whatever Gets You Through the Night

They’ve danced up trees, tackled events surrounding 9/11 and cavorted in castles: suffice to say, Dundee-based dance troupe Smallpetitklein don’t so much think outside the box, as build a new one entirely. Which makes them a perfect addition to…

Hot 100 2013: 100-90

11 Dec 2013

Kieran Hurley, Fern Brady and Peter Doig among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 89-80

11 Dec 2013

Anna Meredith, Neil Forsyth and Greg McHugh among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 49-40

11 Dec 2013

Braw Gigs, Paul Wright and Neil Landstrumm among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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Scottish Ballet stage shortened Wee Hansel & Gretel for younger audiences

5 Dec 2013

60-minute version of 2013 winter show is aimed at children

As full of wonder, magic and charm as Scottish Ballet’s new Christmas show is, when you’re still growing your attention span, two hours can feel like an awfully long time. Which is why, for the second year running, Scottish Ballet is staging a condensed…

Movement One / Ponydance

18 Nov 20134 stars

A Dance:Film 2013 documentary double bill with contrasting atmospheric and humourous approaches

It’s hard to imagine two companies approaching contemporary dance in more contrasting ways than the subjects of this diverse double-bill. In Movement One, American choreographer Teddy Forance takes us to the dark side of the human psyche, fusing…

Interview: Jordan Banjo, of street dance troupe Diversity, on their new show Limitless

18 Nov 2013

The show was written by Diversity founder Ashley Banjo, Jordan's brother

If a week is a long time in politics, four years is an eternity in the world of reality television. Winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 is no guarantee that anybody will remember your name six months later, let alone buy a ticket to your show. Yet…

Interview: ballet dancer Daniel Davidson, star of Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel

18 Nov 2013

Davidson will star in the new Scottish Ballet production as the villainous Sandman

As the lines between ballet and contemporary dance start to blur, opportunities for dancers to get their teeth into a character become increasingly scarce. But if there’s one place guaranteed to provide the full dress-up and pretend experience, it’s the…

All This Can Happen / I Play Dead

15 Nov 20134 stars

A Dance:Film 2013 double bill exploring the different ways movement can be incorporated into film

The debate on what constitutes dance, and who can do it, is a never-ending dialogue. So it comes as no surprise that dance on film poses the same questions – especially at a festival dedicated to both genres. Compared to the more obvious screenings…

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Interview: dancer Jack Webb discusses his Quartet with Rosalind Masson

12 Nov 2013

The collaboration also features input from Jan Hendrickse, James T Mackay and 'mentor' Daniel Squire

Dancing in a solo is, by definition, a solitary affair. But despite being comprised of four solos, contemporary dance show Quartet is full of relationships. Performers Rosalind Masson and Jack Webb, both emerging choreographers on the Scottish dance…

Edinburgh's Hogmanay unveils 'Scot:lands' New Year's Day events programme

12 Nov 2013

FOUND, Lau, Smallpetitklein and Cora Bissett among the artists involved in the New Year's Day events

The Edinburgh's Hogmanay programme was officially launched today, with details of all the festive happenings in the days leading up to the bells and beyond into 2014. As ever, the organisers have provided a great cultural programme as a reward for those…

Interview: choreographer Stephen Petronio discusses his new piece, Water Stories

22 Oct 2013

The piece, with music from Atticus Ross, will be part of National Dance Company Wales' autumn tour

From the streets of New York to the Welsh countryside, Stephen Petronio made quite a journey to create his new piece. Known for his raw, energetic work with touches of real beauty, the American choreographer is no stranger to Scottish audiences – both…

Interview: choreographer Frank McConnell talks to us ahead of plan B's More Sky Than We Need

22 Oct 2013

'Living in a technological age, we’re losing that ability to stop, look, listen, be intuitive'

As titles go, it’s pretty ambiguous. Does More Sky Than We Need suggest a happy abundance, or a negative overload? ‘There’s part irony in that title,’ says choreographer Frank McConnell, ‘because we don’t look at the sky as often as we should any more.…

Richard Alston celebrates Benjamin Britten in 2013 winter tour

21 Oct 2013

The programme will include brand new piece Holderlin Fragments alongside reworkings of older pieces

The centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth has prompted celebrations in concert halls and theatres across the globe. But one man who never needs an excuse to work with the music of the late British composer, is Richard Alston. ‘I’ve always had a passion…