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Pavlova’s Dogs at Dundee Rep Theatre
Scottish Dance Theatre (SDT), Scotland’s national contemporary dance company, puts the finishing touches to its new work Pavlova’s Dogs which will premiere at Dundee Rep Theatre from 8-11 February, 8pm alongside a selection of short works in Janet Smith’s final tour as Artistic Director.
Pavlova’s Dogs by Rachel Lopez de la Nieta places the dancers on stage as test subjects, questioning how the audience view what they see on stage. This is accompanied by Drift, an intensely physical piece by James Wilton; Idan Cohen’s animalistic My Sweet Little Fur, All in the Grip byNatalie Trewinnard and Love Games by Joan Clevillé.
After 14 years as SDT’s Artistic Director, Janet Smith leaves to take up the role of Principal at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds.
“I have spent 14 wonderful years with this pioneering, passionate and generous company. After the spring tour, SDT is heading off to performances in the UK, Italy, Germany and the US with new leadership on the horizon. Meanwhile I take my leave, to become Principal at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. I’m taking a corner of Dundee with me, many friendships and a real appreciation of my time and involvement in the dance community and cultural life of Scotland. I wish the company great creativity, success and expanding horizons in the future.” Janet Smith
Extreme Dance at Dundee Science Festival
A dynamic dance duet, which pushes its performers to their physical limits, is making its debut in Dundee after touring dance festivals worldwide.
Exploring the principles of movement, ‘Drift’ is being performed as part of Dundee Science Festival in partnership with University of Abertay Dundee and coincides with Scottish Dance Theatre’s (SDT) 25th anniversary year. The event, costing £6, will be held at 6.45pm on Thursday 10 November 2011 at Dundee Rep.
The stunning duet, performed by SDT dancers James MacGillivray and Natalie Trewinnard and choreographed by James Wilton, ‘explores loneliness and closeness, absolute commitment and high risk trust’. Wilton is an award winning young choreographer whose work attracted the attention of SDT with its confident dynamic choreographic writing.
Drift has been performed at the American Dance Festival and Copenhagen Summer Dance Festival this year but this will be first time Drift has been performed in Dundee.
Part of Dundee Rep, Scottish Dance Theatre seeks to create dance that is moving, thought provoking and has resonance in people’s lives, be a seedbed for creativity and bring a life-enhancing experience of dance to as many people as possible. The company employs nine dancers and two apprentice dancers and tours throughout the UK and internationally, with recent performances in China, Dubai, Italy, Germany and the USA. .
Now in its third year, the fortnight-long Dundee Science Festival (Saturday 29 October – Sunday 13 November 2011) is set to explore the fun, excitement and relevance of science to all, with over 60 events, twice as many as last year, more partners and a diverse range of over 25 venues.
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