Made in Scotland announces its 2019 line-up of homegrown, world-class talent
- Deborah Chu
- 22 May 2019
This article is from 2019
The Scottish talent showcase explores colonialism's legacy, a bionic romance and Scots folklore in its 11th year
As one of the festival's first big announcements in the lead-up to August, the launch of the annual Made in Scotland showcase functions much like the Fringe's opening gunshot – a signal that the creative, inspirational and generative chaos that is the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe will soon be well and truly upon us once more. Now in its 11th year, the Made in Scotland programme is made up of 22 artists, companies and ensembles, hand-picked by an expert panel to represent Scotland both at home and abroad. With financial support from the Scottish government's Expo Fund, these creatives will be given funding through their Fringe run, as well as support for onward touring beyond August.
In recognition of the showcase's outlook of open internationalism, 2019 will also see the inaugural Made in Scotland Festival in Brussels, which will be bringing six performances of music, dance and theatre to the European capital in June.
Amongst Made in Scotland's dance offerings this year include the world premiere of 111, a powerful duet between Joel Brown and former Scottish Ballet principal dancer Eve Musto, as well as Ensemble's unpredictable, uplifting performance by a group of dancers ranging from their 30s to their 70s, suggesting the rich potential that can arise from interactions with others. Ultimate Dancer's eerie performance of For Now We See Through A Mirror, Darkly explores the connection between sight and belief through striking visuals and voice-over, while Scottish dance theatre company groupwork plunders tropes from horror films and documentary podcasts in The Afflicted, which finds a group of teenage girls behaving strangely in upstate New York.