Dance Base

This article is from 2009.

Dance Base

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Scotland’s National Centre for Dance in the Grassmarket is always a hotbed of diverse movement – but this year it has excelled itself. In this first round of Fringe excitement (there’s more to come later in the month), it is offering ten individual shows for just £5 a ticket.

With a show starting on the hour, every hour, you can just turn up and see what’s on offer. Featuring male duet, Rites, New English Contemporary Ballet’s Something about Others, works based on Indian and Butoh styles and a whole lot more, the Dance Base Fringe motto ‘give dance a chance’ couldn’t be more perfect. See for the full programme.

Dance Base, 225 5525, 5–16 Aug (not 11), times vary, £5.


Free live dance performance mixing installation and projection technology. Tickets available from


A dance for a tall Irish man and a shorter Chinese woman; with music by a long-haired Chinese composer. 'Dialogue' avoids the obvious East/West poles, claiming its own intimate territory where different bodies can relate.

Watch iT!

We all love TV... don't we? This funny, enlightening solo merges physical theatre and contemporary dance with the unique skills of breakdancer Tony Mills documenting one man's love/hate, sometimes plain weird, relationship with the little screen.

Heads Up

Dance Base's platform for studio-fresh danceworks we don't want you to miss. Some of the sparkiest work on the Fringe bringing emerging choreographers, new ideas and our favourite established artists together.

Simplicity of Grasping Air

Legendary artist/performer premieres his new Butoh solo. Combining a horizontal soundscape and exquisite projected imagery designed to effect mood and body surface; be drawn into a world of primal form and expanded awareness.


Solos by fabulous, finely tuned dancers, Matthias Sperling and Laila Diallo. The elegant, atmospheric 'Wayside' draws from the idea of departure.'Riff' cleverly samples and remixes Forsythe, Jeyasingh and Diallo to a mesmeric score by Scanner.

This is a Picture of a Person I Don't Know

A hugely successful, powerful European solo.Faura escapes loneliness and ideas of nostalgia by delving into the phenomena of great musicals. Visit Peres' fascinating, kitsch and profound dance world.


You find a letter.It's not yours. Do you read it?Choreographer Christine Devaney and her outstanding company, including Luke Sutherland ('Venus As a Boy') present bold, beautiful and charged dance theatre, driven by compelling live music.

Dance du Jour

A lucky bag of classes: teachers from the hottest visiting dance companies at the Fringe lead fabulous classes in everything from ballet to Bollywood, break-dance to contemporary. Check for daily listings or just turn up.

Something About Others

  • 3 stars

Vibrant triple bill of classical and contemporary ballet. After a stunning run at last year's Fringe, NYD return with three brand new works. 'Dynamite worthy of any dance fan's attention' (Scotsman).

Appel/Ring Cycle

Decalages' impossible moves and powerful physicality blends breakin' and contemporary to Indian tabla and flute played live. Acclaimed dancer Shamita Ray performs her captivating new solo, incorporating Indian and contemporary dance to a funky Indian score.

Dilly Dilly

'Rollickingly eccentric' (Herald). Colourful ideas and an extraordinary girl are growing in the garden. Seriously silly, poetic and slightly absurd dance theatre for smaller and taller folk four years and up.


A male duet that is both powerful and poignant in its exploration of those events and experiences that shape us as brothers, friends, fathers and sons. 'Rites' allies bold athleticism with moments of human sensitivity.,


Join, enjoy and be drawn into this subversive twist on a traditional live Irish music session. Choreographer Liz Roche and celebrated Irish composer/musician Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin create a hypnotic atmospheric space where you can lose yourself.


  • 3 stars

As part of Escalator East to Edinburgh, previous Herald Angel winner, Darren Johnston (the creator of 2005 black bus nightmare 'Ren-sa') returns with another trip into the unknown. A fantastical installation world where projection technology meets Victorian illusion.


  • 3 stars

Breathtaking, gravity defying aerial and risqué pole-dancing, circus-dance spectacular. In RAW's hot, sexy clubland, the DJ slips into a shamanic counterpart infecting the hedonistic clubbers. Are we in a fun-loving club or a social prison?

ME (Mobile/Evolution)

Double bill from award-winning dancer/choreographer Claire Cunningham showcasing her exceptional technique, impressive power and wonderfully direct Scottish humour. From the quiet, sculptural 'Mobile', combining dance, text and aerial, to the uplifting beauty of 'Evolution'.

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