News: British Dance Edition 2014

Tuesday 28 January 2014 by Carmel Smith

British Dance Edition 2014  - participating artists.

British Dance Edition, the biennial showcase which presents the best of British dance to promoters and producers from the UK and across the globe, is taking place in Scotland for the first time this year. The event is an initiative of the National Dance Network.

This weekend over 300 dance industry delegates are in Edinburgh and Glasgow for four days of performances, talks, presentations and networking opportunities (Thu 30 Jan – Sun 2 Feb).

Featuring some of the biggest names in dance today including Akram Khan and Hofesh Shechter, as well as emergent artists such as Aakash Odedra, Roberta Jean and Robbie Sygne, it will be the first time the event showcases dance from all four home nations. The team responsible for programming British Dance Edition 2014 are: Morag Deyes, Artistic Director of Dance Base; Ailsa-Mary Gold, Artistic Director/Chief Executive of Dance House; Laura Eaton-Lewis, Director of The Work Room and Roberto Casarotto, International Projects Manager, OperaEstate Festival, Veneto, Italy.

The planning process started in 2012 and a long list of over 200 artists and companies has been distilled to arrive at a programme reflecting the diversity and vitality of dance in Britain today. Scottish work makes up 30% of this year’s British Dance Edition –the highest ever featured in the programme, which features:

• 27 artists/companies in performances of a completed work
• 11 artists/companies presenting or discussing their work in an informal studio environment
• 6 artists taking part in panel discussions
• 40 artists/companies in a ‘trade fair’

Scottish work makes up 30% of the programme – the highest proportion of Scottish work ever featured at British Dance Edition. Performances from Scottish Dance Theatre, David Hughes Dance, Curious Seed, Plan B, Robbie Synge and Colette Sadler’s Stammer Productions will sit alongside talks/presentations from Janis Claxton Dance, Anna Krzystek, Ian Spink, Jack Webb and Rosalind Masson, confirming the strength of dance in Scotland.

Although most events are only open to delegates, there are some performances at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh which are open to the pubic as well – including Scottish Dance Theatre, Akram Khan Company, Avant Garde Dance and Hofesh Shechter.
More details here:
www.britishdanceedition.com

Images from top, left to right: Alexander Whitley, Avant Garde, Avant Garde, Colin Poole, Curious Seed, David Hughes Dance, Hofesh Shechter, Liz Aggiss, Lucy Suggate

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