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

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

Photo: Mikah Smillie

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 work is beautiful and poetic and fulfils my need for dance to challenge me both socially and emotionally. Michael Clark is coming to Stirling, another event which guarantees to push the boundaries of what dance can be, with music from the Sex Pistols and Pulp.

The Cottier Dance Project has also fallen onto my radar recently, a new strand of the West End Festival which place from the Sun 22–Fri 27 Jun. It aims to champion Scottish-based choreographers and dancers, provide a platform for new work and forge new collaborations across the arts to create and develop new performance pieces. Alongside this there will be showings of dance and arts films, offering us the chance to revisit great and inspirational work from the past – the classic Shall We Dance? with Fred and Ginger is a must-see down at the Grosvenor Cinema.

Footprints, by High Heart Dance Company, links traditional music and contemporary movement to explore and celebrate the songs, music and rhythms that have journeyed into today’s culture. Watch This Space presents new, short works by independent choreographers and dancers from Scotland's national companies. This diverse range of work includes pieces by two fantastic choreographers – Fragments by Diana Loosmore, who was with Scottish Ballet for many years, and Double E from Matthew Hawkins. It’s going to be a busy month!!

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