Past Projects

Since its inception Citymoves Dance Agency SCIO has run a number of projects, festivals, and performances alongside its regular offering of classes and the artist in residency programme. Below are a number of past projects and DanceLive festivals through the years.

SUPPORTED PROJECTS

Moving Out 2020

The Work Room is collaborating with Tramway, Citymoves and Dance North to support three artist-led projects in different neighbourhoods across Scotland. With many venues still closed to the public and measures of physical distancing likely to be part of daily life for the foreseeable futures, the Moving Out 2020 projects developed and adapted work for outdoor sites.

The three artist-led projects developed as part of Moving Out are detailed below.

Jenna Corker – Shoreway

Edinburgh

 

“A contemporary dance piece inspired by the shore and walkways between Wardie Bay and Crammond Causeway in North Edinburgh. Working with three contemporary dance artists the piece will explore the solace that can be found from journeys taken along this coastal area of Edinburgh. I often use the sea and coastline in my work and I am excited by the opportunity to adapt my practice to outdoors, and the opportunities this brings to connect with different audiences.

This project will also engage with a local women’s group and involve a series of walks with the group between Wardie Bay and Crammond Causeway. Following on from these walks, the group will meet either online or in a shared space for creative workshops that include movement-based and written tasks.”

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The selection process for Moving Out was undertaken by a panel involving involved Claricia Parinussa (Tramway producer), Hayley Durward (Citymoves Dance Development Manager), along with independent artists Kate E Deeming, Katie Armstrong and Ricardo da Silva. Karl Jay-Lewin (Director of Dance North) was also involved in the first stage of the selection.

We look forward to supporting these artists and their projects as they are developed from now through to Spring 2021. Look out on our social media pages for more information about the projects as they develop as well as ways to engage in either online or public happenings. 
 

THREE60- Mother Earth 
Glasgow

 

“Mother Earth is a collective idea of experience showcasing a story in which that connects with the audience with the artist. Together as one we illustrate an educational touch through movement and music where we take you on a journey full of challenges, joy, excitement and the expression of what life has to offer.

The meaning behind Mother Earth is to showcase our love for nature as well as our mothers combined with the power of what woman offer to all human race.  You will follow the experience of a Goddess through her transformation phases on earth and the journey that awaits her arrival. You get to evolve with her as the story unfolds and as she faces her inner ability from shadow work to the light. Mother Earth signifies that everything that involves growth begins from a seed, within the seed lies the tree and the fruits of your labour. Learn to nurture your gifts through patience and belief. One’s awakening isn’t always easy but with pressure, diamonds are formed. 

The reason for this creation is to reflect the time that we live in. It’s our duty as artists to speak and show the power that art holds in shifting our culture and reality for the next generation to come. As part of Moving Out Mother Earth will be adapted for outdoor performances in Glasgow. The company look forward to further touring in Aberdeen in 2021. Get ready for a life changing experience, we look forward to connecting with you all.”
 

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Julia McGhee – The Morrich Project 
Inver, Easter Ross

“I’m taking this opportunity to develop my work in progress - The Morrich Project - by creating an outdoor performance for my local community.  I live in Inver a small ex-fishing village, near Tain in Easter Ross.  The Morrich is an extensive area of saltmarsh and sand dune that lies on the other side of Inver Bay from the village.  It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and makes up part of Tain Air Weapons Range - one of the largest MOD live fire weapons ranges in the UK.  I’ve been fascinated by The Morrich ever since I moved to Inver four years ago and The Morrich Project is my response to the land, its history and what I see happening on and around it today. 

 

I’ve been researching this response in collaboration with Glasgow-based dance artist Penny Chivas and I’m looking forward to working again with her again, this time outside on the streets and the beach at Inver.  The outdoor work will involve interactions with found objects including 3 large logs that represent old wooden posts that can still be seen today across the Morrich and in Inver bay.

 

As well as Penny, I’m collaborating with my neighbour, Rosie Mackenzie, a visual artist who has gathered an extensive collection of objects that have washed up on Inver beach over the years. Over the Summer she displayed some of these objects outside her home.  Rosie and I want to find ways to connect our artistic practices to our local community and we’ll do this by inviting everyone in Inver to be involved in a community wide doorstep exhibition of found objects from Inver.  Both the outdoor exhibition and the performance are going to be captured on film by Robbie Synge, so that the project can be shared more widely online and has a lasting legacy for both the artists and the community.”

 

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F E S T I V A L

DanceLive 2020

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15th - 18th October, 2020

DanceLive 2020, Citymoves’ annual Festival of Contemporary Dance was presented for the first time ever in a fully digital online format.  We received great feedback from artists and audience members from across the world, that we were able to still present the festival, despite the limitations due to the pandemic.  Citymoves would like to thank the artists, audience and those behind the scenes that made 2020's festival possible.

 

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F E S T I V A L

DanceLive 2019

17th - 20th October, 2019

VENUES:
The Anatomy Rooms, Citymoves Schoolhill Studio,
His Majesty's Theatre, The Lemon Tree

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DanceLive 2018

11th - 27th October, 2018

VENUES:
The Anatomy Rooms, Citymoves Schoolhill Studio,
His Majesty's Theatre, The Lemon Tree

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F E S T I V A L

DanceLive 2017

12th - 28th October, 2017

VENUES:
The Anatomy Rooms, Citymoves Schoolhill Studio,
His Majesty's Theatre, The Lemon Tree

DanceLive17 Trailer     |     View the programme here

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F E S T I V A L

DanceLive 2016

14th - 25th October, 2016

VENUES:
Citymoves Schoolhill Studio, His Majesty's Theatre, The Lemon Tree

P R O J E C T

Rejuvenate

DIRECTED BY: Ruth Kent

YEARs: 2014-2016

VENUES: Aberdeen Community and
Care Homes

Rejuvenate, 2014-2016, was a care homes project, with a final event held at the Beach Ballroom. 

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F E S T I V A L

DanceLive 2015

9th - 20th October, 2015

VENUES:
Citymoves Studio, The Lemon Tree

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F E S T I V A L

DanceLive 2014

7th - 28th October, 2014

VENUES:
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Beach Ballroom, Belmont Picturehouse, 
Citymoves Studio, The Forum, His Majesty's Theatre,The Lemon Tree,
The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Robert Gordon University, Seventeen, Woodend Barn, Wyness Hall, Zoology Museum

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P E R F O R M A N C E

100Days/100Dances

DIRECTED BY: Ruth Kent

YEAR: 2014

VENUES: Aberdeen City Centre Locations

Part of Get Scotland Dancing 2014

Citymoves Dance Agency used interesting site specific locations throughout the city centre as well as their studios and local theatres
to programme dance for 100days. Companies throughout Scotland
brought their dancers with new works and excerpts from larger
pieces of choreography to bring dance directly to audiences in the
heart of Aberdeen city. 

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P E R F O R M A N C E

Dance Hunt 2014

DIRECTED BY: Hayley Durward

YEAR: 2014

VENUES: Aberdeen City Centre Locations

This weekend long event in Aberdeen City Centre, grew in strength from
2012-2014 and involved local community groups, dance students and
professional dancers from around Scotland. 

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F E S T I V A L

DanceLive 2013

11th - 31st October, 2013

VENUES:
Belmont Picturehouse, Citymoves Studio, His Majesty's Theatre,
The Lemon Tree, Phoenix Community Centre, Woodend Barn

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P R O J E C T

Dance Amazing

DIRECTED BY: Andy Howit

YEAR: 2013

VENUE: Primary Schools of Aberdeen

Part of Get Scotland Dancing.

This project went into every primary school in Aberdeen and taught as many pupils as it
could within a month. Every primary school student was then given a golden ticket to a
dance maze at the beach ballroom, held over one weekend. Performers came from all
over Scotland to be involved. 

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P E R F O R M A N C E

Dance Hunt 2013

DIRECTED BY: Hayley Durward

YEAR: 2013

VENUES: Aberdeen City Centre Locations

This weekend long event in Aberdeen City Centre, grew in strength from 2012-2014
and involved local community groups, dance students and professional dancers from around Scotland. 

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DanceLive 2012

16th - 31st October, 2012

VENUES:
Belmont Picturehouse, Citymoves Studio, Haddo House,
His Majesty's Theatre, The Lemon Tree

P E R F O R M A N C E

Deliberance

CREATED BY: Andy Howit

YEAR: 2012

VENUES: His Majesty's Theatre

Included in DanceLive 2012, Deliberance, created by Andy Howit, Citymoves Artistic Director at the time. 
Staring an all-male cast of Scottish Dancers still working in the field today. Performers: Daniel Aing, Angus Balbernie, Norman Douglas, Matthew Hawkins, Allan Irvine, Aaron Jeffrey, Steven Martin, Tony Mills, Peter Royston, Ian Spink, William Thorburn

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P E R F O R M A N C E

Dance Hunt 2012

DIRECTED BY: Hayley Durward

YEAR: 2012

VENUES: AberdeenCity Centre Locations

This weekend long event in Aberdeen City Centre, grew in strength from 2012-2014 and involved local community groups, dance students and professional dancers from around Scotland. 

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P E R F O R M A N C E

Olympic Torch Relay

DIRECTED BY: Ruth Kent

YEAR: 2012

VENUES: Aberdeen City Centre Locations

Fusion Youth Dance Company Performed with Emile Sandi in the Castlegate to 10,000's of people. 

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F E S T I V A L

DanceLive 2011

4th - 15th November, 2011

VENUES:
Belmont Picturehouse, Bon Accord, Citymoves Studio, Jury's Inn,
The Lemon Tree, His Majesty's Theatre, The Tunnels, Woodend Barn

Citymoves presented companies from Scotland, the U.K., and Europe, performing work by choreographers from the U.K., American, Canada, Israel, Spain, and Belgium. This year 
focused on home-grown talent. Citymoves produced 4 new 
commissioned works for East
Coast Moves, including a new piece by Errol White Company for Aberdeen Dance Collective, and new works from Andy Howitt, Hayley Durward, and Katie Milroy. Scottish company Barrowland Ballet and British/Belgian Retina Dance Company will also give a unique opportunity to over 20 local dancers to perform with them.

P E R F O R M A N C E

Dance Hotel

DIRECTED BY: Hayley Durward

YEAR: 2011

VENUE: Jury's Inn - Aberdeen

Dance Hotel was a part of DanceLive 2011.
A project funded by Creative Scotland and supported by Jury’s Inn and Scottish Rail.

Video Clip     |     Trailer

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F E S T I V A L

DanceLive 2010

28th September - 13th November, 2010

VENUES:
Aberdeen Arts Centre, Citymoves Studio, The Lemon Tree, His Majesty's Theatre and Woodend Barn

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DanceLive 2009

7th October - 2nd November, 2009

VENUES:
Aberdeen University, Citymoves Studio, Cowdray Hall, The Lemon Tree,
His Majesty's Theatre

F E S T I V A L

DanceLive 2008

7th October - 1st November, 2008

VENUES:
Belmont Picturehouse, Citymoves Studio, Cowdray Hall, The Lemon Tree,
His Majesty's Theatre

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