Scottish Dancers Take to a European Stage


Scottish dance artists and companies look to take advantage of potential new international markets for the dance sector at Tanzmesse (internationale tanzmesse nrw), Europe’s largest trade event for dance (29 August – 01 September 2018), in Düsseldorf, Germany.


The biennial, four-day event includes a stand promoting Scotland’s thriving dance scene at the bustling trade fair with a series of debates and open studio sessions which provide artists and choreographers the opportunity to share their new emerging creations with fellow dance professionals from around the world.

The 2018 programme features presentations from Scottish choreographers Janis Claxton Dance presenting the award-winning POP-UP Duets (fragments of love), Rob Heaslip presenting A Glimpse of Flesh and Blood | Endling, and Shaper/Caper presenting their critically acclaimed piece, Within This Dust.


Daisy Douglas

Ten bursaries to attend have been awarded to a delegation of Scottish choreographers, performers and producers including: Ian Johnston and Gary Gardiner (21Common), Daisy Douglas (independent producer), Davina Givan (White and Givan), Emma Jayne Park (Cultured Mongrel), Jade Adamson (independent producer), Jill Smith (Feral), LJ Findlay-Walsh (Tramway/ Take Me Somewhere), Rhea Lewis (Project X) and Tony Mills (Room 2 Manoeuvre).


LJ Findlay-Walsh

They will be joined by representatives from Dance Base, Dance North and Citymoves along with Creative Scotland and The Work Room.


Tony Mills

Paul Burns, Acting Head of Dance, Creative Scotland, who will be joining the delegation said:

“We are proud to once again be supporting a diverse range of artists and producers to attend and showcase at Tanzmesse 2018, the largest dance marketplace in Europe. Scotland has an international reputation as a country where dance is an intrinsic part of the national identity, and there is a huge range of dance happening here, from ceilidhs and country dancing, to cutting edge contemporary dance work. Dance moves people in every sense – connecting with performers, participants and audiences alike – physically, intellectually and emotionally. Attending an event like Tanzmesse gives us the opportunity to introduce some of the incredible work being made in Scotland to people across the world.”

On attending Tanzmesse 2018, Rob Heaslip said: “I'm delighted to present Endling as part of the Tanzmesse Open Studio Programme. This work is the first in a trilogy exploring Gaelic cultures’ relationship to rituals around birth, life and death amongst its communities in Scotland and Ireland. I look forward to contributing to a positive artistic image of Scotland at Tanzmesse 2018; and see our work celebrated amongst our European contemporaries.”

Artistic Director Thomas Small, Shaper/Caper, said: “Shaper/Caper is delighted to be supported by The Work Room and Creative Scotland to attendTanzmesse 2018 as ambassadors of contemporary dance in Scotland. As first-time attendees, we are aware of the timely opportunity that exposure to international programmers, various cultural agencies and the latest debates can have to enhance our future work and the Scottish dance scene as a whole. We are looking forward to forging new partnerships and future collaborations that can inform our work and facilitate fruitful exchanges with the Scottish dance sector.”

On attending as part of the Scottish delegation Emma Jayne Park of Cultured Mongrel, said: “Without this kind of support it would not be possible for an independent artist like myself to attend Tanzmesse when now, in light of Brexit, it feels more important than ever to foster international collaborations which I believe are the route to ensuring my practice is challenged and continues to grow.” While Room 2 Manoeuvre’s Tony Mills, commented: “Tanzmesse has proven to be invaluable event on our company diary. We are currently building links with an organisation in Macau, China that was brought about as a result of attending Tanzmesse in 2016. This year we will be able to meet face to face to discuss wider plans, build on existing networks, make new connections and be inspired by the diverse dance programming on show.”

Scotland’s representation at the festival is co-ordinated by The Work Room with funding and support from Creative Scotland.

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