NordDance features new urban dance from Scandinavia
- Kelly Apter
- 5 November 2015
New dance festival fuses Scottish and Nordic hip hop
From Borgen to The Bridge, our obsession with Scandinavia shows no sign of abating. Which is just as well, because a brand new dance festival is banking on our love of all things Nordic extending to urban dance.
'We realise we're asking people to buy tickets to see performers they've never heard of,' says Morag Deyes, artistic director of Dance Base and curator of NordDance. 'But we have this connection with the northern lands that's caught people's imagination, so I'm hoping they'll have a sense of adventure – because the artists we're bringing over are amazing.'
Taking place over two nights, NordDance will feature hip hop talent from Scotland, including performances and workshops by Tony Mills (who co-created in Finland), Ashley Jack and Cultured Mongrel, plus four visiting companies from Sweden and Norway. Live electronic music, traditional folk dance fused with breakdance, and an exploration of hip hop's macho culture are all on the bill.
'It's fascinating to see how hip hop and urban dance is re-translated in countries that have nothing to do with places like Harlem or Brooklyn,' says Deyes. 'Hip hop in the Nordic countries is either very lyrical and poetic, or it's furious – and the fury lies in the women, not the men.'
Here's a little taster …