Scottish Dance Theatre, Scotland’s national contemporary dance company will tour India from September 24, 2014 – October 21, 2014 following sell out performances from a hugely successful 2012 tour. The Company will undertake a programme of performances, along with educational, skill-sharing and participation activities in Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Kolkata as part of British Council’s UK contemporary dance programme – Impulse Season 2. The tour is supported by British Council, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government in association with Indian presenting partner The Hindu.
Scottish Dance Theatre is part of Dundee Rep Theatre which collaborates with both international and UK-based choreographers of outstanding calibre to produce high quality dance that is thought provoking and holds resonance in people’s lives. Scottish Dance Theatre contribute to a wealth of work made in Scotland and is highly regarded as an arts ambassador on a local, national and international level.
Scottish Dance Theatre’s strategic mission is to inspire Scotland and the world through the creation and presentation of world-class dance performance, and to pioneer a unique education model that harnesses the company as a research engine for dance, embracing our home in Dundee and our relationship with worldwide audiences.
Fleur Darkin, Artistic Director, Scottish Dance Theatre said : “We were overwhelmed with the responses of the Indian audiences when we first toured the country in 2012. We are thrilled to be back in India again, with great energy and excitement to promote artistic dialogue and cultural exchange between Scotland and India through our performances,”
Scottish Dance Theatre, with a highly acclaimed repertoire is constantly evolving, pushing boundaries and challenging expectations. Scottish Dance Theatre works as an intense, expressive community, under the brilliant and inspirational artistic direction of Fleur Darkin to produce spectacular and daring work that is propelled by the rhythm of the dancing body. Discipline and commitment to passion reflect in the flawless, visually stunning and impeccable performances by the artists.
Rob Lynes, Director, British Council India said : “British Council is delighted to once again partner with Scottish Dance Theatre after their debut in India two years ago in our first Impulse contemporary dance season. This October, in Impulse Season 2, we look forward to witnessing their extraordinary and captivating work in the triple bill Forces of Nature, as are performing arts lovers across Chennai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata. It is a privilege for us to collaborate with Scottish dance Theatre to take their work to new audiences, and to help build strong relationships with the contemporary dance fraternity across India through wraparound workshops and collaboratory programmes. We wish them every success”.
Scottish Dance Theatre’s performances in all four cities will feature work from three dynamic and talented choreographers from around the world in a compelling triple bill entitled Forces of Nature. Performances include In This Storm by Henri Oguike, Revelator by Ruth Janssen and Winter, Again by Jo Strømgren – all highlighting a range of different approaches to dance, offering audiences total immersion in the experience of live dance and an entertaining programme of the highest quality.
Scottish Dance Theatre’s work will also include extensive workshop residency programmes to reach school audiences, non dance teachers, underprivileged children, children with additional support needs as well as working with new and established dance organisations.
Scottish Dance Theatre is a Creative Scotland Foundation organisation and is funded by them to create and present high quality dance in Scotland, the UK and internationally. In addition to this regular support, they have supported this tour with an award from their International Fund.
“Energy defines Scottish Dance Theatre” The Hindu newspaper on 2012 Tour
“Risk-taking, innovative, collaborative and nurturing…I hope Scotland realises how lucky it is” The Skinny