Creative Dundee

Linbury Prize exhibition arrives

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An exhibition of work by twelve finalists of the prestigious Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2013 is to travel to Dundee’s Bonar Hall, direct from its showing at the National Theatre, London, for one week only – 22nd February to 1st March 2014.

The four winners, who are emerging stage design graduates, have won a unique opportunity to design a professional production for the following major theatre, dance or opera companies: English Touring Opera, National Theatre of Scotland, Nottingham Playhouse and Scottish Dance Theatre.

Renowned designers Es Devlin, John Macfarlane and Christopher Oram selected a shortlist of twenty candidates, from which the four commissioning companies each chose three finalists to work on designs for a forthcoming production. The individual winners are Florence de Mare who trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; Madeleine Girling a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; Ana Ines Jabares Pita who graduated from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; and Alexander Ruth a graduate of the London College of Fashion.

The free exhibition will be displayed in Dundee Rep’s Bonar Hall from Saturday 22 February for one week only. Dundee Rep Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre, V&A at Dundee and the Linbury Trust have partnered to bring this project to Dundee and it is the only Scottish venue to have secured the exhibition.

Fleur Darkin, Artistic Director of Scottish Dance Theatre said “It has been an honour for Scottish Dance Theatre to partner with V&A Dundee to win one of the prestigious Linbury prizes for Stage Design. Through our presence in the exhibition we have been able to showcase the creativity that resides within our city to a national audience who have recognised the originality of our work. Having the exhibition travel to Dundee now allows us to share our artistic journey and ambitions with our city. As Scotland’s national contemporary dance company, the Linbury award shows that innovation is at the core of what we do. We won the Linbury award for Dundee and the commissioned project will be taking place in City Square on 6 July 2014. Everyone is invited.”

Sarah Saunders, Head of Learning and Engagement for V&A at Dundee said: “Collaborating with Scottish Dance Theatre and three talented international designers on this prestigious design prize has produced some really innovative results.  V&A at Dundee is all about design and we are committed to supporting and showcasing new design talent across Scotland and beyond.  Performance and costume are a vibrant part of the landscape of design in Scotland, today and for the future. The exhibition has been well-received in London and now we hope that the playful, participatory designs for Scottish Dance Theatre will inspire and delight visitors in Dundee.”

Dundee Rep’s Bonar Hall
Saturday 22 February 10am – 4pm
Monday 24-Friday 28 12pm – 8pm
Saturday 1 March 10am – 2pm

More info on Scottish Dance Theatre’s website.


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