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Commonwealth Ceilidh Dundee

Posted onMay 28, 2014

Commonwealth Ceilidh Dundee

Commonwealth Ceilidh Dundee

Friday 27 June, City Square, Free 

Celebrate the Queen’s Baton Relay arriving in Dundee as part of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, by joining the Commonwealth Ceilidh in the City Square. The aim is to get the whole city dancing! So get your dancing shoes ready and join the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society at this free, energetic outdoor event on Friday 27 June.
The City Square will start it’s transformation into a massive dance floor at 3pm, when dancers from a number of Dundee-based dance groups (Smallpetitklein, Scottish Dance Theatre, Bharatiya Ashram, Showcase the Street, Fledgling Dance Company and more) will start their performances.  Then main Ceilidh will spring into action at 5.30pm, when one of Scotland’s cutting edge bands, Whisky Kiss, takes to the stage.The Commonwealth Ceilidh is being organised by Leisure & Culture Dundee, working in partnership with Dundee City Council, and is part of the Games for Scotland programme. Games for Scotland is a programme of events designed to inspire, motivate, engage and engender pride in the people of Scotland in the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The programme, managed by EventScotland, forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver a lasting legacy as a result of the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland.

Commonwealth Ceilidh Dundee

Dundee Dance Walk 2012

Posted onJuly 11, 2012

Dundee Dance Walk 2012

Dundee Dance Walk 2012Scottish Dance Theatre’s Youth Dance Company (SDTYDC) have been busy in the studio this week as they create a brand new dance piece for Saturday’s Dundee Dance Walk.

On Saturday (14 July) at 4.30pm, 5pm and 5.30pm,  SDTYDC along with other members of Dundee Dance Partnership and Dundee Rep’s Centre Stage Project will come together for the first time to take the Dundee public on one of three, 90 minute journeys through Dundee City Centre inspired by the rich history of dance in the city.

Beginning at The Shore, around 100 performers from community and professional groups will take you on a journey full of dance treats through City Square, along Reform Street to The McManus, performing work inspired by the city and its long love of dance.

One of the project coordinators says “It’s a great experience for these young dancers to be part of this site specific project as it offers a very different challenge”

Between 6-8pm, all the performers will gather at The McManus where there will be a showcase of dances that have been popular in Dundee over the years and the chance to have a go yourself!

 Tickets for Dance Walk are now sold out however the evening event at McManus is free and non ticketed; just turn up on the evening.

Dundee Dance Walk is part of Big Dance and Get Scotland Dancing, a Scottish Government Games Legacy Policy.   Big Dance is part of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 festival.

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Dance film festival opens at Abertay’s Hannah Maclure Centre

Posted onApril 20, 2012

Dance film festival opens at Abertay’s Hannah Maclure Centre

Dance film festival opens at Abertay’s Hannah Maclure Centre
The new ‘Jump Cut’ festival of dance and film opens tonight at the University of Abertay Dundee’s Hannah Maclure Centre.
A week-long series of exciting events includes performances, an interactive dance and costume design workshop, screenings of rare and new dance films, and a celebration of community dance that covers everything from breakdance to traditional Indian dance.
The dance companies involved include Scottish Dance Theatre, Scotland’s national contemporary dance company which is part of Dundee Rep, and Dundee-based Smallpetitklein.
Clare Brennan, festival organiser and Curator at the Hannah Maclure Centre, said: “Dundee is an incredibly creative, exciting city to live in – there’s a really thriving artistic culture, and I wanted to champion some of our dance companies and the huge local enthusiasm for dance.
“The films we’ve brought together are absolutely breathtaking. Creative dance can be really mesmerising and beautiful, particularly when it’s well filmed.
“By mixing films and live performances, Jump Cut will give people a real immersion into this incredible performance culture. And it’s for absolutely everyone – from expert enthusiasts to anyone who’s just a bit curious!”
The festival opens on Friday at 7.30pm with a ‘Film and Choreography’ event incorporating talks, screenings and live performances.
Other events include:
- Dundee schools performing from classic musicals on Saturday at 7.30pm followed by a rare chance to see Leonard Bernstein’s timeless classic ‘West Side Story’
- a performance workshop exploring the use of shape and shadow in costume design and dance (Wednesday 25 April, 7.30pm)
- and the grand finale celebrating contemporary dance next Friday at 7.30pm.
All events are in Abertay University’s Hannah Maclure Centre, which is on the top floor of the Student Centre on Bell Street.
All events are free, but please arrive early to guarantee your space. Pre-booking by contacting 01382 308324 orexhibitions@abertay.ac.uk is only required for the performance workshop.



What on Earth!? at Dundee Rep Theatre on 11 & 12 April

Posted onApril 10, 2012

What on Earth!? at Dundee Rep Theatre on 11 & 12 April

What on Earth!? at Dundee Rep Theatre on 11 & 12 April

Where do you go in your dreams? Scottish Dance Theatre’s new work for children What on Earth!?  Premieres at Dundee Rep Theatre on 11 & 12 April as part of Dundee Rep’s Children’s Festival, before going on tour.  What on Earth!? takes you on a nocturnal journey around planet earth, to places only your dreams can take you and promises to be a treat for the whole family.

Aimed at children aged 5 – 11 but suitable for the whole family, What on Earth!? is loaded with generous helpings of music, dance and animated worlds. Let SDT take you into a world of dreams about planet earth, where friendships are made and battles are won and lost.

Featuring SDT’s trademark style and physicality and a soundtrack by diverse artists such as The Beatles, Bob Marley, Yann Tiersen and Handel, What on Earth!? will also be a treat for dance lovers without children.

SDT will also run a series of children’s dance workshops for children aged 5-11 linked to the performances, giving children a chance to learn some new dance moves and make up their own, and also giving them an exclusive introduction to the show. To find out more visit www.scottishdancetheatre.com or by calling Dundee Rep Box Office.

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Farewell to Scottish Dance Theatre’s Caroline Bowditch

Posted onMarch 21, 2012

Farewell to Scottish Dance Theatre’s Caroline Bowditch

Farewell to Scottish Dance Theatre’s Caroline Bowditch

Caroline Bowditch will teach her final workshop as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Dance Agent for Change at St Paul‘s RC Academy in Dundee on March 21, before her four year post comes to an end on 22nd March.   Caroline will lead a class with 4th year pupils helping them gain confidence with their improvisation skills.

Lesley Harris at St Paul’s RC Academy says “The school is delighted  to once again have the privilege of working with another member of the SDT team.”

This ground breaking role, funded by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland aimed to increase the number of disabled people involved in dance in Scotland, including those entering training or the dance profession.  During her 4 years, Caroline has interacted with over 25,000 people in workshops, talks and performances not only in Scotland but in the rest of the UK and beyond.

In October 2011 Caroline won the Creative Scotland Award for the Support of Talent at the Arts & Business Awards. This award honours an individual or organisation that has made a special contribution to nurturing creative talent in Scotland.

Although Caroline’s post is coming to an end, SDT and Dundee Rep are committed to continuing to strive for equality in the performing arts and will continue to be a fore runner in this field.

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Janet Smith leaves Scottish Dance theatre after 14 years

Posted onFebruary 12, 2012

Janet Smith leaves Scottish Dance theatre after 14 years

Janet Smith leaves Scottish Dance theatre after 14 years

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.

We spoke to Janet about her time in Dundee at Scottish Dance Theatre and to some of the dancers who have worked with her.

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Pavlova’s Dogs at Dundee Rep Theatre

Posted onFebruary 7, 2012

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 Smiths 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

 

Dundee Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Posted onDecember 3, 2011

Dundee Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

On Dundee Celebrates International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesSaturday December 3rd Dundee will celebrate the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 

The UN states that people with disabilities make up an estimated 15 per cent of the world’s population. In recognition of these people and in a celebration of life, Scottish Dance Theatre’s (SDT) Dance Agent for Change Caroline Bowditch will lead a flash mob made up of inclusive SDT group Do Your Thing; members of Make Music Move, a joint inclusive project between SDT and Paragon Ensemble from Glasgow; students from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and members of the public.

International Day of Disabled People aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and wellbeing of disabled people through a series of performances across the world to showcase – and celebrate – the contributions made by persons with disabilities as agents of change and development in the communities in which they live.

 SDT’s Caroline Bowditch is working to break new ground for dance and disability and aims to increase the number of disabled people involved in dance in Scotland, including those entering training or the dance profession.  On 19th & 20thJanuary, SDT and partners will host the Pathways to the Profession Symposium which will examine the issues inhibiting the inclusion of sensory and physically disabled people in the performing arts.

Scottish Dance Theatre offers you a Backstage Pass

Posted onNovember 14, 2011

Scottish Dance Theatre offers you a Backstage Pass

Scottish Dance Theatre offers you a Backstage Pass

Coming to the end of its 25th Anniversary year and currently in the middle of its 2011 Autumn tour, Scottish Dance Theatre have a special treat in store for its Dundee Fans.  SDT invites you into the small and intimate backstage areas of its home, Dundee Rep Theatre, for close encounters with dance in Backstage Pass, a new way to experience dance on 16 & 17 Nov, 6pm and 8pm.

 Taking you on a journey through the spaces where SDT’s work comes alive, the dancers will surprise and delight you with dance and installations, some of which you may have seen before and some especially created for the evening.

 SDT will also perform a stunning double bill of work; Letters from America which features the sensual and poignant Lay Me Down Safe by Kate Weare and the edgy and inventive Khaos by Benjamin Levy on 15 November, 8pm at Dundee Rep Theatre.

 If you’re interested in finding out more about contemporary dance, why not come along to SDT Interactive at Dundee Rep;(15 Nov, 11.15am and 2pm) performances are aimed at schools and college groups, but open to everyone, the dancers use short works to illustrate how dance theatre is created.

Extreme Dance at Dundee Science Festival

Posted onOctober 26, 2011

Extreme Dance at Dundee Science Festival

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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