Pioneers of Performance set to tour Scotland
One day festival of dance takes diverse performance across the country
Living in the Central Belt, opportunities to see live physical theatre and dance are plentiful. But travelling around Scotland, Laura Eaton-Lewis discovered that not everybody was getting their dance fix.
Years of planning later, and Pioneers of Performance is finally ready to go on the road, touring to Greenock, Edinburgh, Lochgelly, Aberdeen, Stirling, Skye and Mull. At each stop on the journey, four shows will be performed during a ‘one day festival’ of dance.
Pioneers of Performance is the result of five years of work with artists and venues all over the country to make this dream happen,’ explains Eaton-Lewis. ‘We wanted to create a day-long platform for vivid performance work for everyone, from young children up to adults. Inspiring joy and bringing people together to have a great time around four thought-provoking and compelling shows.’
Starting in the morning with Colette Sadler’s superb show for ages 4–9, We Are The Monsters, the day continues with Curious Seed’s Chalk About, aimed at ages 8+, before moving on to grown-up work, Douglas by Robbie Synge and Anna Krzystek’s Face On.
Ensuring the work is accessible, both practically and artistically, for audiences has been paramount to Eaton-Lewis.
‘We designed the festival so that young people can experience the shows and workshops for children before lunch,’ she says, ‘with work for older children and young adults in the afternoon, then a break for dinner so people can take children home if they need to, before the two shows for adults in the evening. But nothing is unsuitable for small children, so if families want to stay all day, they can.
‘The strength of all of these works is that the musical and visual elements are so vivid, there’s nothing alienating about them for kids or for people who’ve never seen this kind of work before.’