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Interview: Pamela Stephenson Connolly on bringing dance show Brazouka to 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

Brazouka uses dance lambazouk and other Brazilian dances to tell life story of dancer Braz Dos Santo

While the world’s eyes have recently been fixed on Brazil’s football stadiums, a troupe of that nation’s dancers are limbering up to showcase a different kind of intricate footwork in Edinburgh. Brazilian dance show Brazouka, written and lead-produced…

New Zealand dance and theatre company MAU visit 2014 Edinburgh International Festival with I AM

15 Jul 2014

Choreographer Lemi Ponifasio on the creative influences behind his new show I AM

‘Inspired by’ is a loose term for many creators, but when Samoan-born choreographer Lemi Ponifasio talks about his influences, it’s best not to expect a literal representation. Ponifasio’s New Zealand-based collective MAU was last seen at the Edinburgh…

Akram Khan Company bring their show Gnosis to 2014 Edinburgh International Festival

15 Jul 2014

Dancer and creator Akram Khan is back on fighting form with work based a Hindu goddess

Touring the world for two years with one of Britain’s most revered theatre directors would be a dream come true for most performers. But when you’re 13 years old and accustomed to spending time watching Michael Jackson videos to perfect your dance…

Opinion: What legacy will the Commonwealth Games cultural programme leave?

15 Jul 2014

'The aftermath of the Commonwealth Games arts programme will define its worth'

Before accepting his honorary doctorate from Edinburgh University this month, Eugenio Barba offered a few thoughts on the purpose of theatre. 'It is,' he said, in his lilting accent, accentuating his words with florid hand gestures, 'about making the…

Interview: choreographer Marc Brew on new outdoor project (i)Land

14 Jul 2014

‘I love creating outdoor work as there are no preconceptions about contemporary dance or disability'

When you happen upon a pile of sand in the middle of the street, it usually pertains to a building endeavour. But when the Commonwealth Games are in town, you learn to expect the unexpected – in this case, choreographer Marc Brew and his new dance work…

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Interview: choreographer Natasha Gilmore on site-specific, 150-person production The River

14 Jul 2014

The Commonwealth-themed show uses a multi-generational cast to explore immigration and emigration

Never let it be said that Natasha Gilmore is afraid of hard work. In recent years, the choreographer has stepped outside the conventions of dance creation on more than one occasion – but The River could be her biggest challenge yet. Set along the…

Merchant City Festival boosted to 11 days for Commonwealth Games

11 Jul 2014

The multi-arts fest incorporates several smaller festivals, including Surge and Get Scotland Dancing

An established fixture of Glasgow’s summer for some years now, the Merchant City Festival is set to expand dramatically this year thanks to its official association with the Commonwealth Games as one of four Live Zones across the city. For one year only…

20 unmissable events during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

9 Jul 2014

With so much going on during the Commonwealth Games, we round up the highlights to sprint along to

Queen’s Baton Relay Various locations across Scotland, until Tue 22 Jul Look out for additional cultural and sporting events taking place along the route to ensure everyone is part of the build-up to the Games. The Marathon Storytelling Cycling…

Anna Kenrick, artistic director of YDance, recommends her favourite dance events in June

17 Jun 2014

Claire Cunningham, Michael Clark and the Cottier Dance Project are among her highlights

This month is an incredibly busy and exciting one for dance in Scotland and particularly Glasgow, so it was really hard to pick just one event that draws me to it. Guide Gods is a show I am definitely going to immerse myself in as Claire Cunningham’s…

John Talabot set for date at Glasgow's Subculture

10 Jun 2014

Barcelona producer and DJ continues to grow reputation with further live dates

Barcelona’s John Talabot has told the story of his very earliest days in music, when he was just transitioning from a love of atmospheric guitar music like Joy Division to soaking up the sounds of Jeff Mills, Aphex Twin and the stables of Warp and…

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The Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival 2014 is a showcase for 'choreographic excellence'

10 Jun 2014

Anna Kenrick of YDance: ‘You’re going to see the power and energy that young people bring'

Sitting with 115 applications in front of her, and just 36 slots in the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival available, Anna Kenrick had her work cut out. As artistic director of YDance, it was her job to say yes or no to young dancers from around the…

HOT gives 'a flavour of what is most interesting about contemporary Australian dance’

10 Jun 2014

The dance events showcase the talents of Lucy Guerin Inc, Marrugeku and more

Sitting at his desk at the University of Melbourne, Robert Walton is over 10,000 miles away from Tramway when I speak to him. But in his mind’s eye, the spaces, atmosphere and audiences at the venue are all crystal clear. Prior to his relocation to…

Interview: dancer Claire Cunningham on new show Guide Gods

10 Jun 2014

The show explores the relationships people hold between disability and religion

As a dancer who performs on crutches, Claire Cunningham has explored her disability via a number of entertaining and thought-provoking shows in recent years. But it was a chance encounter in Cambodia that made her stop, think, and create a brand new…

Matthew Bourne's Lord of the Flies heralds success of Re:Bourne youth dance project

22 May 2014

Young dancers with no prior experience have crafted an edgy adaptation of William Golding’s novel

To credit a choreographer with changing lives sounds like hyperbole. But in the case of Matthew Bourne, it’s unquestionably true. Not only has Bourne’s accessible work (Swan Lake et al) created a legion of dance fans, but his Re:Bourne project has…

Israeli-born choreographer Sharon Eyal: 'I never work with mirrors, it all comes from inside'

15 May 2014

The former Batsheva dancer discusses moving to Nederlands Dans Theater 2

Like most dance studios, the walls at Nederlands Dans Theater are lined with mirrors, throwing back the reflection of dancers who spend hours perfecting a move that will last mere seconds. But walking into the company’s headquarters in the Hague to…

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Interview: Scottish Ballet artistic director Christopher Hampson on Romeo & Juliet

22 Apr 2014

Krzysztof Pastor’s version of Shakespearean love story is dramatic, stylish and innovative

Striking a balance between staging new work and bringing back well-loved classics is a challenge for any artistic director. Since Christopher Hampson arrived at Scottish Ballet in 2012, he’s overseen a glut of new creations, including the epic Dance…

Tap Factory

24 Mar 20144 stars

Urban percussion and macho tap dance merge in this testosterone-fuelled live show

First there was Stomp, then came Tap Dogs. Now urban percussion and macho tap dance merge in French director Vincent Pausanias' crowd-pleasing Tap Factory. Combining whipcrack footwork and grubby dungarees, Pausanias' production brings tap back to…

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…

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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…

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…