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DanceLive 2023 Performers & Groups

Take a look at 2023's fantastic array of artists, dancers and performance groups participating in DanceLive 2023!

Live Performers and Groups

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AFTER ALL, is a celebration of our vulnerable and courageous existence, Solène melds dance, comedy, storytelling, and theatre to ask - what happens in the end?   Through a series of impassioned re-enactments of the funerals of those, she’s loved - as well as imagining her own - Solène attempts to conjure a better space, to be with death, dying and loss.  AFTER ALL, is a heartfelt exploration of the death rituals we have, the ones lost and those that need to be invented. Joyously bringing us together to explore the role that dancing might play in healing.   @SoleneWeinachterDance

Age Guidance: 12+ 

Content Warnings: Themes of death, dying and loss 

Details: Thursday, 19 October 2023, 8:15 pm

Venue: The Anatomy Rooms

STRUT - MHz and Feral Arts

STRUT is a night time outdoor performance and mobile projection parade by visual theatre makers MHz, produced by Feral, featuring five local dance heroes in each location who perform personal choreographies in their own dance styles. STRUT is designed as a procession of outdoor dance performances partnered with stunning large-scale building-mapped projections and a light show for audiences to encounter from their pavements, windows, and doorsteps. With the global trend for viral dance routines becoming a new way for people to connect across cultures and geographical locations, MHz were inspired to consider how they could create a context to celebrate the dance heritage of their neighbourhood—using the power of freestyle dance as a universal expression of freedom, happiness and tactile connection to our surroundings. @FeralArtProjects  @megahertz__ 

Details: Thursday, 19 October 2023 & Saturday, 21 October 2023, 7:00pm

Venue: This performance will begin at The Green, and end near the St Nicholas Centre M&S

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Beautiful People… Have you been seeking, dreaming? Of something more, something less, something beyond? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Remedy for Memory is a divine feminine fantasy, a dance theatre experience that transcends the boundaries of our reality. Broadcast LIVE from the abstracted realms of a TV talk show, tune in as four women explore healing, cosmic wanderings, corporate wellbeing, desire, and discovery. Surprising, enchanting, comedic, and honest, we’ll take you through the highs and the lows. Join us in the search for the remedy.

Age Guidance: 12+

Details: Friday, 20 October 2023, 5:00 pm

Venue: The Lemon Tree

This performance features Open Captioning.

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A trio of limbs and wooden poles in acts of agreement and disagreement, Black and Wood is an experiment to interpret architecture within, outside and alongside the performing body.

Details: Friday, 20 October 2023, 8:00 pm and Sunday, 22 October 2023, 12:00 pm

Venue: The Anatomy Rooms

nb: This show is a Double-bill with My Muses Take Care of Me


The Sunday Performance is a Free Event

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My Muses Take Care of Me is a new work for a specially-assembled cast of powerful and exquisitely-singular dancers. Choreographed by Fleur Darkin in her first major work since Velvet Petal (2018), My Muses is a conversation between bodies and wild sculptural pieces by leading French visual artist Claire-Rose Barbier. Drawing on themes of ancient feminine power, armoury and the resilience of nature, the company carry the audience on a journey through life, death, love and regeneration.

Our passage across thresholds is accompanied by live music and a heady electronic dance score by Matthew Brown. Featuring Fleur’s long-term collaborator Amy Hollinshead - one of the strongest and most instinctive dancers of her generation. Previous collaborations include The Lover, “a performance of great intimacy and power" (The Stage), Miann, “hauntingly imagined, fiercely delivered by outstanding dancers…” (The Herald) and Velvet Petal, “Sensuous and powerfully theatrical… this is sexy dancing, but Darkin avoids the cliches of seductiveness” (The Independent). The performance is an invitation for audiences to befriend the wild. The second half of the evening sees the performance space become a dance floor for everyone. The audience can stop observing and dance to music played by performers who transform into DJs for this special, wild night-time. This show is suitable for all ages and thrives with an intergenerational audience. @fleurdarkin

Details: Friday, 20 October 2023, 8:30 pm

Venue: The Anatomy Rooms

nb: This show is a Double-bill with Black and Wood

An engagingly humorous yet bittersweet physical theatre and dance work. This original script, combined with video and Quee MacArthur’s sound design, reveals Petunia’s quirky, inconsistent emotional responses to the climate emergency through a compassionate lens. She tells part of our collective story and asks, “How can we live with what we know, with humour, dark undertones and all?” Her contradictory reactions to the climate crisis vary between comical and deeply moving as she explores communication among trees, relationships with plastic rubbish, the tree’s personal history of fire and deforestation, and humans’ interdependence with the natural world.


Details: Saturday, 21 October 2023, 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Venue: Big Sky Studio in The Music Hall

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Sense of Centre is a moving dance solo from award-winning choreographer Jack Webb. Dance, object manipulation and projection combine to explore our longing for home, our need for connection and the body as a place of sanctuary from the modern world. A compelling meditation on our increasing sense of loneliness and isolation and the basic human need for a centre of gravity. In a world that is fractured and breaking apart, Sense of Centre is a powerful return to the simplicity of nature and the importance of belonging. Jack is an award-winning choreographer/director, movement director, dancer and teacher working across dance, theatre, opera and film. He is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has been working internationally for the past 17 years.    @senseofcentre, @FeralArtProjects

Details: Saturday, 21 October 2023, 6:30 pm

Venue: The Lemon Tree

This performance features Open Captioning.


Dancer and choreographer Elisabeth Schilling and Pianist Cathy Krier collaborate closely with an international team of artists and dancers. She develops transdisciplinary projects between movement, design, the visual arts, and music, making the disciplines dance among themselves and with each other. In Hear Eyes Move, Elisabeth Schilling has created an unprecedented take to choreographically interpret György Ligeti’s Études pour piano. Treating dance and music as contiguous forms that grow alongside and into each other, she has produced, together with five dancers and the pianist Cathy Krier, a dance-concert and a concert-dance full of captivating multi-sensorial imagery.  @elisaschillingdance

Details: Saturday,21 October 2023,  8:00 pm

Venue: The Music Hall

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Dance Films 2023

DanceLive 2023 Digital Dance Films Artists

This curated selection of films will be played on a loop in Cowdray Hall during the festival. These films were selected to showcase dance in the built, emotional, and natural environments. This screening series brings three vastly different films together, showcasing the depth of human experience and interaction. SKETCHES explores the dancers’ interaction with our iconic city and shire; Dancing Along the Borderline allows the audience to journey through the inner-emotional world of the artists; and Dwell: landscape in the figure, allows the dancers and audience to embody the natural environments that have been put at risk by humanity. Through our Digital Dance Films Screenings, we ask what it means to exist in these everchanging inner and outer worlds?

Digital Dance Film 2023 Schedule:

Screenings: Friday 20th-Sunday 22nd, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, in Cowdray Hall; this is an unticketed, looped programme; arrive anytime.

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SKETCHES Film Project-
Katie Armstrong

SKETCHES Film Project is created by choreographer Katie Armstrong in collaboration with film maker Stuart Breadner.  SKETCHES Film Project in Aberdeen features 3 dance vignettes, captured in 3 iconic locations across the city and shire, chosen by local people.  SKETCHES Film Project was captured in June 2023 during a tour of SKETCHES live show supported through Creative Scotland’s Touring Fund for Dance and Theatre.  @katie_armstrong_projects


A special thank you to Fusion Youth Dance Company for their contributions to location scouting for SKETCHES Film Project.  


Dancers: Katie Miller, Olivia Roach, Lucy Ireland, Kate Haughton 

Dancing Along the Borderline - Lynn Shaw

Dancing Along the “Borderline” is an autobiographical dance documentary that glances into a dancer’s journey of overcoming a mental health crisis in 2016. “Borderline” uses movement to reflect the turmoil the dance artist faced during difficult times of emotional dysregulation and the impact it had on her relationships. In this short film, dance does the heavy lifting of expressing someone’s mental health difficulties when often words aren’t enough. Raw, real and uncensored.  @lynnshawstories

Age Guidence:12+

Content Warnings: Themes of Self-harm and Suicide

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Dwell: landscape in the figure (2022) -
Sue Hawksley

Dwell: landscape in the figure is a screendance work responding to the urgent issue of habitat loss. It focuses on three endangered ecological communities in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula regions of South Australia. The work reflects on the precarity of these habitats in the face of encroaching threats. Dwell seeks to cultivate a sense of embodied presence in, and as, nature (landscape in the figure), and in so doing foster appreciation of the part we play in it.  

Credits: Sue Hawksley (concept, production, direction, dance), Richard Hodges (image/montage), Tammy Arjona & Billie Cook (dance) and Jesse Budel (sound design). This project was made possible by the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia. 

We acknowledge that this work was created on the traditional land of the Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna and Peramangk Peoples. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

Credits: Choreographer – Lynn Shaw Director – Lindsay Goodall Producer – Robbie Fraser Dancers – Lynn Shaw & Vince Virr Filmography – George Geddes Film Editor – Anthea Harvey Music – John Harris

Sensitive Topic Resources: Please be advised that the content in this film may be emotionally challenging for some viewers. Themes of self-harm and suicide feature in the documentary. BPD Support Aberdeen is a peer support charity working locally in Aberdeen who are experienced in supporting themes addressed in the film.

DanceLive 2023 


Flashdance is a local dance school based in several locations in Aberdeen including The Middlefield Hub, Holburn West Church and Cairncry Community Centre.  Our Senior Performance Group are delighted to be part of Dance Live! 2023 and showcase a choreography by a Flashdance pupil & teacher, Kate Duthie which emphasises how dance can become a place of safety and comfort, a home from home.


See Flashdance at the Bon Accord Pop-Up Performances on Saturday the 21st of Octopber at 11 am and 1 pm. 

Citymoves Dance Agency's Performance Group for those 50+

Showcasing maturity and depth of experience, while still performing with zest and creativity - not your faint hearted kind of group

See Quicksilver at the Bon Accord Pop-Up Performances on Saturday the 21st of October at 11 am and 1 pm. 


Quicksilver is also supporting Tess Letham and Stories Untold Productions' performance of Remedy for Memory. T Friday 20th Oct, 5pm, at The Lemon Tree.

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Bring it Boys is Citymoves Performance Group that brings hip-hop dance styles from across the genre to the stage. 

See Bring It Boys at the Bon Accord Pop-Up Performances on Saturday the 21st of October at 11 am and 1 pm. 

Trailer Credits:

Our 2023 DanceLive Trailer was compiled by Katie Taylor, using footage from our artists' production pages. For full credits please see below: Remedy for Memory: Tess Letham amnd Stories Untild Productions. Film Credits : Filmed by Glenda Rome & Lucas Kao Edited by Glenda Rome My Muses take care of me: Fleur Darkin Film credits - Harry Clark Dancers - Lauren Jamieson - Salma Faraji - Amy Hollinshead - Verity Church Finding Petunia LittleTree Created and performed by Sharon Took-Zozaya Sound design: Quee MacArthur Set and costume: Lesley Downie, Sharon Took-Zozaya Videography: Lorenz Gramann, Sharon Took-Zozaya Lighting Design: Simon Gane AFTER ALL Filmed and Edited by Genevieve Reeves.

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