Made in Scotland Festival presents six Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows in Brussels
- Niamh Weir
- 11 June 2019
This article is from 2019
Dance, theatre and music take over six iconic venues in the city
For the Made in Scotland Festival the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, in partnership with Creative Scotland, Federation of Scottish Theatre and Scottish Music Centre, has sifted through the hundreds of shows that have appeared at the Fringe to select six, that will represent the vibrant range of creative works that Scotland has to offer. Heading to Brussels for the first time, the six shows will be performed across six venues in the city from Tue 11–Fri 14 Jun.
With the six performances ranging broadly across the realms of dance, music and theatre, these shows are emotional, striking and unusual and will leave a lasting impact. Moreover, this is an attempt for Scotland to creatively work together with Europe and a show of friendship in a time when the relationship between the two is strained. Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, calls the festival 'a symbol of the intention of Scotland to remain culturally connected with our friends in the European union and wider international community'. It seems this act of extending the environment of collaboration and community that surrounds arts and culture could affect more than simply the crowds watching them and present a sense of unity and connection; it will be a chance to see something new and significant on a different stage and for outstanding artists to be showcased globally.
The diverse range of powerful and entertaining events provides something for everyone. The line-up features performance artist FK Alexander's three-hour show I Could Go On Singing (Over The Rainbow), in which she works with Glasgow-based noise band Okishima Island Tourist Association to create an engaging and atmospheric presentation of sound that captivates. Dance show Douglas, choreographed by Robbie Synge, reflects the movements and relationship between the body and its surroundings in a striking and innovative way. The world of dance is also represented by the show Dancer, starring Ian Johnson and Gary Gardiner, which is set to a soundtrack that includes Kylie Minogue and Nick Cave. Funny and forward thinking, it promises to delve into the nature of dance authentically.