Preview: Cottier Dance Project
Dance and music come together in UK’s largest chamber music festival
Few dance fans would dispute the importance of music in a performance – yet so often it’s relegated to an orchestra pit or pair of speakers. So it’s refreshing to see both genres receive equal billing at the Cottier Dance Project.
As festival curator Freya Jeffs explains, introducing dance to the Cottier Chamber Project has benefited the musicians, too.
‘Being able to dance to live music of any kind adds an extra layer of energy to a performance, but it also gives audiences a heightened appreciation of the musician’s skill,’ she says. ‘It’s great that this festival actively encourages dancers and musicians to go into a studio together and get creative – and that both parties are recognised as equal. So often, one art overshadows the other in a performance.’
Not so here, where audiences can enjoy collaborative work from High Heart Dance Company and Daniel’s Beard, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Traditional Music and Ballet departments, and Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre with the Gavin Bryars Ensemble.
Jeffs is also giving emerging choreographers a chance to shine, with a showcase evening of excerpts and works in progress, and creations by dancers from Scottish Ballet.
‘There is so much choreographic talent in Scotland,’ says Jeffs, ‘and it’s important to showcase their work. The ‘Watch This Space’ evening is a perfect platform for this, and Independent:BALLET will give dancers from Scottish Ballet an opportunity to create their own work as artists in their own right, as well as giving audiences the chance to see these fantastic dancers up close in an unusual venue.’