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.