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DanceLive, Oct 11 to Oct 27, venues across Aberdeen

Run­ning for three weeks in Aberdeen from Oc­to­ber 11 to Oc­to­ber 27 is DanceLive a fes­ti­val of con­tem­po­rary dance which, or­gan­is­ers say, will “cel­e­brate the art form of dance and the peo­ple who make dance in Scot­land and be­yond”.

The fes­ti­val takes a new cen­tral theme each week, ex­plor­ing gen­der roles in week three, show­cas­ing young dancers and new chore­og­ra­phers in week two and us­ing move­ment to re­spond to and ques­tion the po­lit­i­cal and hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence in its open­ing week.

The lat­ter in­cludes Brexit Means Brexit!, a 25-minute dance duet be­tween Farah Saleh and Vic­to­ria Tis­chler which in­ves­ti­gates the col­lec­tive men­tal health of the res­i­dents in the UK af­ter Brexit.

The pair say they are in­ter­ested in what led to the vote to leave the EU, but also what is hap­pen­ing in the UK more than two years later with up­swings in po­larised views, overt racism and fear over what is to come.

The provoca­tive, thought-pro­vok­ing pro­gramme aims to leave “no ele­ment of the hu­man con­di­tion un­ex­am­ined” and of­fers per­for­mances in var­i­ous in­door and out­door venues across Aberdeen.

Tak­ing place at var­i­ous places around the city cen­tre will be Leen Dewilde’s A String Sec­tion, which in­volves five women saw­ing through five chairs. Other prom­i­nent artists in­clude Vin­cent Dance Theatre and Matthew Bourne’s New Ad­ven­tures.

Fea­tured as part of DanceLive from Oc­to­ber 23 to Oc­to­ber 27 at His Majesty’s Theatre will be Bourne’s Swan Lake, the icon­o­clas­tic, triple-Tony Award-win­ning pro­duc­tion most fa­mous for re­plac­ing the fe­male corpsde-bal­let of Tchaikovsky’s mas­ter­piece with a dy­namic, men­ac­ing all-male en­sem­ble.

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