I was producer of DanceLive from 2009, and directed the Festival in 2009, 2013 and 2014.
DanceLive is an annual festival celebrating contemporary dance, and aims to present the best contemporary dance in the North East. The Festival provided a platform for new work, particularly that of local choreographers and dancers, whilst raising the profile of contemporary dance and engaging with audiences of all ages. The Festival was recognised in Creative Scotland’s Dance Sector Review and won Creative Cultures Scotland Award for Best Festival 2012 (public vote).
“The quality of the shows in this festival was stunning. A blend of different dance styles and something for everyone.”
DanceLive was established by Ian Spink, in 2006, as a way of bringing cutting new dance to Aberdeen audiences. The first festival featured five new dance works with live music as well as performances by Siobhan Davies Dance, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Collette Sadler and Anna Krzystek.
DanceLive presents a programme of work from large scale to studio sharings, from national and international companies, and performances for new and family audiences. The Festival also provides opportunities for people to engage and take part through a programme of film, talks, school and community workshops and masterclasses. Live music has always been an important element of the Festival and the programming prioritises work that includes live music.
“DanceLive brought a wonderful mix of art and culture to my lovely city”
The report on Festival 2012 can be viewed here: Report 2012