We are pleased to introduce a dynamic and experimental programme of events for our 15th annual DanceLive festival. DanceLive 2020 will feature streamed digital performances, live streamed sharings and workshops, online live interviews and Q&As with artists. The digital delivery means that the dance performances can be enjoyed globally for the first time. DanceLive is supported by Aberdeen City Council, Creative Scotland and EventScotland, and is working in collaboration with Aberdeen Art Gallery.

 

Tickets cost £7 for a day pass and £25 for a full festival pass which will give access to the whole four day programme. Information on all artists and performances are below and tickets are available to purchase from our Mindbody website.

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LIVESTREAM - TALK

Photo: Ruth Armstong

POP

by Vince Virr

FRIDAY 16TH OCTOBER

14:30 BST

Pop is a dynamic and energetic dance duet exploring how we learn to accept and celebrate our individualities as
we grow up. It is a visually vibrant, energising and uplifting duet. It was a commission for Edinburgh International Children’s Festival and was supported by Platform. 

Vince Virr and KJ Clark-Davis will talk about the twists and turns of their dance careers from training and auditioning to devising and touring nationally and internationally. They have both worked throughout Scotland with many companies; Barrowland Ballet, Shaper/Caper, Paraorchestra, All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland to name a few. Vince will also talk of his experience in China as an artist in Residence with A.S.K. earlier this year and the experience of becoming an emerging choreographer through his first commission from Imaginate to create Pop with KJ.

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LIVESTREAM - TALK

Skye Reynolds and Susan Worsfold

Join Skye Reynolds and Susan Worsfold’s online convsersation about ALIVE - their solo performance exploring life, death and the female form, co-commissioned for Dancelive 2019.

Inspired by creation time spent in The Dissection Room, Citymoves, and the life and work of late choreographer Janis Claxton, ALIVE describes a poetic journey through the performers’ body, gently confronting our own mortality and celebrating what it is to be alive. 

The artists discuss their creative process and plans for an Artists' Residency 2021 with Citymoves. Over the course of the year they aim to create an intimate, tour ready show, explore digital possibilities and deepen their understanding of anatomical dissection and it’s human implications. 

Photo: Stuart Platt

 

THURSDAY 15TH OCTOBER

15:00 BST

LIVESTREAM

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WORN

by White & Givan

Worn is an exploration into change and how things transform over time. Choreographed and performed by acclaimed contemporary dance duo, Errol White and Davina Givan, Worn draws inspiration from the ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, where broken pottery is mended with gold or silver, making the cracks into a beautiful and valuable part of the object.

Worn was several years in the making and was due to tour Scotland during 2020. However, due to Covid-19, the production had to be cancelled the day before its premiere. This film version of Worn has been created by White & Givan, with filmmaker Barrie Barreto, within the context of the ‘new normal’. Its exploration of how the body is affected through experiences in time and space, marks and scars us that become part of our history and affect our present as well as our possible futures, feels more essential now than ever.

This event will be a live premiere of a filmed version of Worn. Filmed at the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen. Followed by a Q&A with the artists.

SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER

17:30 BST

Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic

 

LIVESTREAM

SOMETHING SMASHING

THURSDAY 15TH OCTOBER

19:00 BST

Photo: Maria Falconer

Something Smashing is a performance platform for improvising dancers and musicians to encounter and experiment with each other’s spontaneous practise.

 

Dancelive Festival is our first outing since lockdown - how do we translate that live presence into a digital event?! Tune in and find out with us as we make instant compositions from our kitchens and living rooms, embracing all possibilities of these physically- but- not-creatively distanced sets, which unfold moment by moment.

We’ll also be in conversation about Something Smashing's journey from emergence until now, including future thoughts and ideas. Featuring artists: Tess Letham, Mike Parr-Burman, Skye Reynolds, Graeme Wilson.


 

 

LIVESTREAM - MIXED BILL

STATE

by Daniel Navarro Lorenzo

SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER

16:30 BST

In a State controlled by power, money and fear, citizens believe they enjoy a freedom that they do not really possess. The way they move, cry, smile and wait does not belong to them anymore. Emotion does not exist, there is
no place for it. Two people perform their show, twice a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

 

Their movements are robotic, mechanical, there is nothing they can control because they control nothing: they have become automatons. The only thing that seems to be able to release them are the memories in which human emotion seems to be discovered through the traditional dance of previous generations that have already left.

Photo: Marc Bordons
Dancer: Daniel Navarro Lorenzo 

 

LIVESTREAM - MIXED BILL

Photo: Thomas Small

(PERIOD)

by Shaper/Caper

FRIDAY 16TH & SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER

20:00 BST & 19:30 BST

Recommended Age: 14+

Imagine having body parts that your mind and soul don’t recognise. Imagine that body, led by biological drives, behaving in manners out with your control, creating a profound state of dissatisfaction almost impossible to bear.Every month.

 

(period) is an autofiction dance-theatre piece exploring the gender dysphoria and dysmorphia of non-binary identity. It belongs to No Offence, a suite of dance works exploring LGBTQ+ issues.

@shapercaper  |   www.shapercaper.com

LIVESTREAM - MIXED BILL

by Sliding Doors Collective

Join two best friends in a "cheeky, honest and confrontational romp" through the roller coaster of their early twenties. From online dating and one-night stands to insincere rejections and moving on.

FRIDAY 16TH & SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER

20:00 BST & 19:30 BST

PENTHOUSE HICKIES

Photo: Beth Hopkins

STREAMED - MIXED BILL

by Shaun Stickland

Frayed is a current work in progress by Shaun Stickland. This short film investigates how when mental health is ignored, it can manifest into something truly all consuming and isolating. 

 

The creative process creating this piece has been eye opening for me in so many ways. As someone who has suffered with mental illness I know all too well how alone someone can feel. 

 

If you feel like you might need to chat to someone, please look for local resources available to you.  

 

A huge thank you to Citymoves for supporting the research and development of this ongoing work. 

FRAYED

FRIDAY 16TH & SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER

20:00 BST & 19:30 BST

Photo: Beth Hopkins

LIVESTREAM PERFORMANCE AND WORKSHOP

VARIOUS PERFORMANCES

and WORKSHOP

by Scottish Youth Groups

and DanceLive Artist

FRIDAY 16TH & SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER

16:30 BST

Featured short films from youth groups across Scotland, followed by a contemporary workshop led by a DanceLive artist.

 

More details to follow soon.

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LIVESTREAM: SHORT FILM PRESENTATION w/Q&A

REQUIEM FOR A POET

by Xavier Núñez, Nicolas Blanc and Greig Matthews

FRIDAY 16TH OCTOBER

18:30 BST

“Requiem for a Poet” aims to be a tribute to the many artists across the globe deprived of a means of expression. How can a musician emotionally vibrate to the sound of his Cello in its absence? Trying to remember how it felt and longing for the passion again.

 

FILM PRESENTATION

SCREENSAVER SERIES

by Janine Harrington

SATURDAY 18TH OCTOBER

11:00 BST

Artist Janine Harrington and collaborators offer insights into and interactions with the process of much acclaimed kaleidoscopic experience Screensaver Series. Following 2 years of sharing the live dance and sound work nationally and internationally Janine will offer a window into the practice and poetics of the work specially commissioned by DanceLive. This meditative experience will explore the workings of Screensaver Series: the research underpinning the work, how the dance is maintained through rehearsal, the work that happens in performance to navigate the score and how these experiences might relate to a more general field of relationship. The audio-visual recording will be pre-recorded by Janine who will then be joined by collaborators to lead a short exploration in symmetrical movement and for a live Q&A.

Screensaver Series is inspired by the obsolete screen-saving programmes of early computing. As a live kaleidoscopic installation it is comprised of sound coding by Jamie Forth and dance performance exploring a pattern of attention as activity within “inactivity” much like meditation or hypnosis. Performers fold, echo, push, signal, yield, flex, hold, rest, trace and make each other possible with a rhythm, scale and pace that traverses the granular to the grandiose. The perpetual movement references the natural world, care-taking and metamorphosis.

 

LIVESTREAM: SHORT FILM PRESENTATION w/Q&A

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PAYSAGES ELARGIS/WIDENING LANDSCAPES

by Katrina McPherson & Harold Rheaume

SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER

13:30 BST

Paysages Elargis/ Widening Landscapes is the latest collaboration between Scottish director Katrina McPherson and Quebec choreographer Harold Rheaume, whose creative partnership began in the 1990s with
Mur Mur (1993) and Pictureshow (1997), and was re-ignited after an 18 year separation, with Paysages Mixtes/Mixed Landscapes (2019). Their new project engages with ideas of individuality and community, isolation and belonging, weaving together material filmed on location in Quebec and Scotland during 2019, working with dance artists from both countries, and images from McPherson & Rheaume’s shared archive of films.


At DanceLive, Katrina and Harold will talk about their work, their navigation of long-distance collaboration, and their shared vision for the future of the project. Paysages Mixtes/Mixed Landscapes (2019) and Paysages Elargis/ Widening Landscapes (2020) have been developed with the support of Dance North, Dance Base and The Work Room in Scotland, Le Fils d’Adrien danse in Quebec, Creative Scotland and the British Council and Quebec Government’s QC-UK Connections Fund.

Photo: Katrina McPherson

 

STREAMING PRESENTATION - FULL SHOW

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Éowyn Emerald & Dancers

SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER

18:00 BST

Éowyn Emerald & Dancers presents a full length film of their 2016 sellout show from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

***** Broadway Baby   **** The Scotsman   **** Times   **** The List   
**** Edinburgh Festival Magazine    ****Three Weeks   
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Sincerely, Amy   **** One4Review


 

Éowyn Emerald presents her acclaimed show from the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Following 21 sold out performances at the World’s largest arts festival,
the program showcases her physical, poetic, technically demanding and emotionally complex work. “Éowyn Emerald has become a buzz name on the Fringe dance scene since her last visit, and from this it’s clear why. Finding
dance that is accessible, communicative and emotionally vivid while never compromising on precision and creativity is a rare treat.” (The List)

Photo: David Krebs, Sky Studio PDX
Dancers: Mari Kai Juras & Brent Luebbert

 
 

STREAMING PRESENTATION - SHORT FILM

MOON CAPERS

by Shaper/Caper

SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER

11:00 BST

The Professor Strikes Back
Age: 4-9 and families

Recruiting all Moon Cadets!

Meet Captain Caper and pilot Peppy and help them on their mission to the Moon. You will be requested to attend Space School in preparation for the journey of a lifetime: A trip to the Moon and Back!
Mission Possible: Rescue Moon Moo, the cow that can’t jump and get back home before bedtime.
3-2-1… Blast Off!

Photo: Thomas Small

LIVESTREAM

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Photo: Katie Taylor

clearing

by Laura Booth & Katie Taylor

SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER

15:30 BST

‘clearing’ is a place to play, to seek sanctuary, to be in motion and in stillness. Float through the ocean, explore the shore, find yourself between the comfort of the clouds and the support of the sand. 

 

Throughout DanceLive we invite you to join us in exploring the beach, whether that is Aberdeen beach, your local beach or your bedroom beach.

 

From Thursday 15th - Saturday 17th October a prompt will be shared online each morning as a starting point for a visit to the beach. After your trip to the beach we ask that you send us a recording of what you have experienced, this can be through film, a voice recording, a photograph, a drawing, a dance, whatever form you would like this to take. Please send recordings to clearingdancelive@gmail.com by Saturday 17th October 5pm.

 

We will be gathering all of the recordings to create a film. On Sunday 18th October at 3:30pm there will be an online screening giving us the opportunity to see where each of our discoveries have take us. More details will be announced closer to DanceLive. 

 

STREAMING PRESENTATION - SHORT FILM w/Q&A

FOREST FLOOR

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Photo: Scott Green

by Robbie Synge

SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER

14:00 BST

Shot in Abernethy Forest in The Cairngorms, “Forest Floor” considers different bodies and physical access challenges in a rural location. Close friends Julie and Robbie sit quietly together on the ground, a simple idea requiring a novel approach. Robbie Synge (Cairngorms) and Julie Cleves (London) are performance artists. Their work together playfully investigates cooperative, embodied solutions to access problems, often Involving simple DIY-made objects.

Direction - Robbie Synge
Performance - Julie Cleves and Robbie Synge
Cinematography - Emma Dove
Sound - Jonathon McLoone
Commissioned by LUX Scotland and BBC as part of ‘Now & Next’, a talent development scheme supported by Creative Scotland and BBC Arts.

 

- Winner of the Changemaker Award, Kendal Mountain Festival, UK, November 2019. - "...a short film of astonishing beauty that redefines 'adventure'... first they solve the technical challenge that besets all good adventures — how to get there — and then, they dance."
Keme Nzerem, Financial Times, May 2020.

 

STREAMING PRESENTATION - SHORT FILM w/Q&A

INTRODUCING...
ANTIGONE, INTERRUPTED

by Scottish Dance Theatre

SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER

15:00 BST

Introducing… Antigone, Interrupted is a unique online event combining footage from our original stage production, scenes reimagined for the digital medium and real time meet-the-artist conversation. The event will give audiences an opportunity to “meet the characters” and hear from choreographer Joan Clevillé and dancer Solène Weinachter.

 

Performance elements will be weaved with discussion and opportunities to delve into various topics such as the creation of Antigone, Interrupted, the relevance of a classic story in our contemporary reality, and the role of the arts in our communities moving forwards. This event can be accessed online via home-viewing.

Photo: Maria Falconer
(please note these are from the physical show, sections of which will be shown during Introducing Antigone)

 

STREAMING @ ABERDEEN ART GALLERY - SHORT FILM

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#STATE

by Daniel Navarro Lorenzo

THURSDAY 15TH - SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER

ABERDEEN ART GALLERY

Video Project #STATE 🏴 is the project I made during lockdown
with my wish to connect people from around the world with my choreography, a fragile geography: STATE.

Featuring and premiering the music by Adrian Blezien Pérez "la
follia divina" and "La union hace la fuerza" plus 60 beautiful dancers from 25 different countries from U.S.A. to Singapore, from Hong Kong to U.K., from Argentina to India and more, connected by the dance and dancing “STATE”. We are all living through a new international experience and I want to show how connected we can still be - we might be remote physically but we can still connect virtually. Despite the circumstances we can still dance together internationally. 

@danbarcelona   |   www.danlourencodance.com

 

STREAMING @ ABERDEEN ART GALLERY - SHORT FILM

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Photo: Bo Morgan

 MACHINERY IN PLACES & A.I

by Kathryn Spence

THURSDAY 15TH - SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER

ABERDEEN ART GALLERY

Kathryn Spence has been working with Bo Morgan to create dance films exploring place and technology and their impacts upon one another.

 

Machinery in Places explores our man made impact on the natural environment.

 

A.I  was filmed in Aberdeen with support from Aberdeen City Council and explored the impact of technology on our bodies. Both works have been supported by Dance North.

STREAMING @ ABERDEEN ART GALLERY - SHORT FILM

Photo: Katie Taylor

THE SOUL SPECIES &

THE FREE THREE

by Katie Taylor

THURSDAY 15TH - SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER

ABERDEEN ART GALLERY

In 'The Soul Species: CALLUNA VULGARIS or simply, heather' we explore our connections with heather the patriotic and all-consuming plant of Scotland. We explore how the Earth views us in comparison to this plant through a site-specific working style, intertwined with the Waulking songs sang by the highlander women of Scotland and a sound score created to help bring you back down to the Earth. Credits: Katie Taylor @artbyktt and Melissa Heywood @melissaheywood.

 

‘The Free Three’: In terms of the theory of evolution, we have all come from water to earth, but where are we going next? Reliving my past, acknowledging the present, and showing the effects of unpredictable variables determined by the future and how they can divert our paths.

STREAMING @ ABERDEEN ART GALLERY - SHORT FILM

123 WELCOME FROM US

by Indepen-dance:
Adam Sloan

Adam’s dream was always to be a choreographer, and this film, entitled “123 Welcome From Us” is his first full piece.

 

In Adam’s own words the film follows “A housewife whose husband has come back from the war and goes off to work every day. The woman is left at home and has too much on her plate looking after the family.” 

When Adam began his work, he was awarded a residency at the Work Room, based at the Tramway in Glasgow, and it has since been performed at events such as the Work Room’s tenth anniversary celebrations.

Photo: Indepen-dance

THURSDAY 15TH - SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER

ABERDEEN ART GALLERY

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