Traditional Dance

I was very pleased to be able to nurture my curatorial interest in contemporary, historical and traditional dance, including screen dance, by serving as the Vice-Convenor on the Board of Trustees of Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland April 2020 – July 2022. In August 2022 I had to step down from the Board in order to undertake the curatorship of Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland.

Established in 2014, the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland is a membership-based Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), dedicated to the advancement of all forms of traditional dance in Scotland. Our mission is to advocate for traditional dance and intangible cultural heritage by promoting dance of Scottish origin, as well as social dance forms established in Scotland in order to get more people dancing.

Partnering with Edinburgh’s Dance Base and Aberdeen’s Citymoves – two of Scotland’s national centres for dance – we run regular residency programmes for dance artists whose creative exploration is rooted in or influenced by traditional dance and culture.

In April 2022, in times of uncertainty, displacement and border restrictions, we inaugurated our new annual festival Pomegranates by commissioning over 30 creative emigres from over 10 countries, all based in Scotland, to mark the International Dance Day through traditional dance and music workshops, public debate and stagedpromenade performance, including a ceilidh open to all. Enjoy the festival highlights in this three-minute video and save the dates for next year’s Pomegranates29 and 30 April 2023

In September 2022, we were awarded British Council funding for a new screen dance commission. The teaser was premiered online on 12 November 2022 in solidarity with the Global Day of Action called by Egyptian groups at the 27th United Nations Climate Change conference, i.e. COP27, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The full production will launch as part of our international trad dance festival Pomegranates 29-30 April 2023.

Entitled To Begin the Dance Once More our screen dance has been devised through remote international collaboration. Inspired by the mythology of Mother Earth deities in Scotland and Egypt, the production features an original soundtrack and choreography interweaving elements of traditional and contemporary Scottish and Egyptian dance. It is directed by the award-winning filmmaker Marlene Millar whose first survey exhibition I was priviliged to curate in 2019.

To Begin the Dance Once More

Mother Earth Stories from Egypt and Scotland

Marlene Millar
Jonathan Bews
Vincent Hantam
Barrie Baretto
Yuxi Jiang
Liron Blajwajs
Iliyana Nedkova
Wendy Timmons
Eleanor Sinclair

Additional support from:
Assistant Curator: Wangxiu Cheng; Poet: Donald Smith; Choreographer: Hassan Khalil; Dancers: Hannah Sheko and Aya Tawfik and Videographer: Hossam El Din

Commissioned by Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland. Funded by British Council. In-kind support by Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh; St Cecilia’s Hall: Concert Room and Music Museum, University of Edinburgh; Scottish International Storytelling Festival and Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

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