Dance International Glasgow (DIG)

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Dance International Glasgow (DIG)

The full programme for Scotland’s leading festival of contemporary dance has been announced! 

The second edition of the biennial Dance International Glasgow (DIG), which runs from Friday 21 April to Sunday 21 May, will feature a stunning range of work from some of today’s most exciting choreographers, directors and companies.

Programmed and produced by leading international art-space Tramway and Glasgow Life, work will be presented throughout Tramway’s theatre, gallery and event spaces.

DIG will also reach out into outdoor sites and existing venues in the city – with a performance under a flyover of the M74 motorway, four nights of dance and music at SWG3, and an evening of music and dance at Govanhill Baths Baths and the DIG On Your Doorstep tour of community centres among the events coming up. 

A programme of workshops, discussions and other events for professional and amateur dancers is being developed in conjunction with The Work Room, Dance House, Indepen-dance and Scottish Ballet. Full details will be announced separately.

Tramway is supported by Glasgow City Council and Creative Scotland.

DIG highlights include:

The world premiere of a collaboration between Scottish Ballet and DIG, Each Other, choreographed by Israeli-Dutch duo Ivgi & Greben explores the human longing for acceptance and intimacy and the tensions that arise between different groups of people.  

Material / rearranged / to / be by Siobhan Davis Dance is an ambitious performance installation comprised of multiple new works – including live performances, film projection and objects that are presented as an ever changing arrangement - by choreographers, visual artists, scientists and designers - to explore how the body feels when in the act of doing. Featuring dance from Siobhan Davies herself, the installation runs for 4 or 5 hours every day in the large gallery, Tramway 2, and is free to visitors who can enter and go as they please, staying as long as they want.

Shown and Told is a dynamic but fragile performance collage created by choreographer and dancer Meg Stuart (Damaged Goods) and writer and performance maker Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment) in an UK premiere exploring the relationship between movement, image and bodies - with Meg Stuart performing in the show, a rare and not to be missed opportunity for UK audiences. 

Created in collaboration with rising stars of the British and Korean dance scenes, James Cousins Company’s Rosalind asks, 400 years on since Shakespeare wrote his iconic play As You Like It, if a woman still needs to adopt a stereotypical masculinity in order to find equality in our modern world?

In the world premiere of Is this a Waste Land from Charlotte Spencer Projects, audience members will be asked to bring an unwanted object to donate to the performance and invited into an immersive sonic environment on a disused unmaintained outdoor site for a show that takes place as dusk falls. 

Created by Fleur Darkin, Scottish Dance Theatre present the UK premiere  of Velvet Petal, inspired by the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly, the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe, and the transformative power of creating beauty out of whatever’s on the bedroom floor, set to a fresh dance-punk score.

Inspired by JG Ballard’s Concrete Island, VOID is a solo dance piece meshed within vide-augmented sceneography, choreographed by Mele Broomes. VOID will be performed at dusk  under a flyover of the M74 motorway. 

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s Material Men redux is a virtuoso piece for two dazzling performers of the Indian diaspora, whose contrasting dance styles, classical Indian and a new style of hip hop - developed over the last decade by  Shobana Jeyasingh - as well as similarities of origin are the starting points for this dynamic exploration of rhythm, location and shared history.

London-based German director and choreographer Frauke Requardt’s Mothers, is a world premiere dance piece about the elemental things in life and the sometimes confusing and vulnerable experience of being a parent. 

Dutch choreographer and director Didy Veldman’s The Happiness Project features live performance from Romanian-born musician and composer Alexander Belanescu (Michael Nyman Project, Gavin Bryars Quartet, Arditti Quartet), whose previous collaborators include Pina Bausch.

DIG 2017 also includes four nights of dance and music at warehouse venue SWG3. Work includes a collaboration between electronic music artist James Holden and dancer Lucy Suggate and the world premiere of Hidden Architectures by Saffy Setohy featuring the sound world of Jan Hendricks. 

Collective Endeavours, members of which include Luke Sutherland, Jer Reid and Alex South, will present an evening of music and dance at Govanhill Baths.

Out Of This World is genre defying action packed theatre from writer and director Mark Murphy’s V-Tol dance company set within a world of projected film and animation that explores the story of a woman’s woozy descent into the depths of a medically induced coma. The show marks Mark Murphy’s return to Glasgow after directing the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Other internationally acclaimed and exciting emerging artists and companies taking part includes Anna Krzystek, INDEPEN-DANCE4, Eleanor Sikorski, Liz Aggiss, Ultimate Dancer with Robbie Thomson, Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir, Oceanallover in association with Feral, Roberta Jean Dance Company, and Skye Reynolds working in collaboration with Jo Fong. 

DIG also features world premieres by the new Associate Artists for Tramway, 2017 – 18: Caroline Bowditch, Joan Clevillé, and Simone Kenyon.

Simone Kenyon’s world premiere solo performance Into the Mountain will uncover the subtle shifts and developing perceptions of a place, and is the first in a series of performance works in relation to the Caingorms Mountains inspired by the writing of Nan Shepherd.

Squirt is a world premiere piece from Glasgow-based performance artist and choreographer Caroline Bowditch, which also takes place as part of Dance International Glasgow’s Family Day – a series of free fun shows and hands on activities for children and their families.

Blending dance, physical theatre and puppetry, the world premiere performance of Joan Clevillé Dance Company’s The North tells the bleak yet whimsical story of a young man’s journey in a search for meaning in an unpredictable environment.  

Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham, OBE, said “Dance International Glasgow is the not-to-be-missed contemporary dance event in Scotland this year.  With this ambitious, innovative and accessible programme Tramway continues to lead the way in producing and presenting new dance.  

“Dance International Glasgow is not just a festival for people who love dance, it is also the perfect introduction to contemporary dance. You will see shows that are inspiring, breath-taking, funny, and moving. There is so much for everyone to experience and enjoy.”

Laura Cameron-Lewis, Head of Dance, Creative Scotland, commented: “We are pleased to support this exciting and varied international dance programme.  Dance International Glasgow creates opportunities for our internationally acclaimed dance artists to develop new work and collaborate alongside peers such as Siobhan Davies and Margarét Sara Gudjónsdóttir.  Tramway’s new associate artist programme also brings us new world premieres from Caroline Bowditch, Joan Clevillé and Simone Kenyon.”

Tickets for DIG events at Tramway are on sale now.  There is an early bird discount, with all tickets at a reduced price until 20 March. Tickets for DIG events at other venues will go on sale later this month. 

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