News
3 February 2022

Dance International Glasgow spring season announced

Abhinaya Dance Academy, photo by Still Motion Arts

The biennial festival's new spring season showcases a clutch of bold UK & international performers, from 1 March to 3 April.

Offering a snapshot of some of the most exciting dance artists creating work in Scotland today alongside artists from across the UK and the wider world, performances will be presented live indoors, outdoors and online, accompanied by a programme of workshops.

This spring showcase offers a snapshot of the main October DIG festival, with diverse dance styles and artists represented. In the live in-theatre programme taking place at Tramway, Scottish based performance artist Suzi Cunningham’s double bill of Rules to Live By and EIDOS (1-2 March) draws on punk culture and the artist’s own personal history; DanceBase Associate Artist Farah Saleh’s PASTinuous (26-27 March) is a live interactive dance performance created in collaboration with video artist Lucas Chih-Peng Kao and 11 Palestinian dancers - most third generation refugees - living in both Palestine and the diaspora, including Edinburgh, Berlin, Gaza and Nablus.

Glasgow-based Abhinaya Dance Academy’s Pancha Dala (5 March) consists of five unique dances based on the ancient Bharatanatyam traditions juxtaposed with contemporary dance. The company will also present a showcase from its graduating students, Arangetram (6 Mar). Completing the Tramway programme, performer and DJ Will Dickie’s White Sun (1-2 Mar) interrogates the privileges of male whiteness and their addictive nature.

Taking place outdoors at Queen’s Park Arena, THREE60’s World Evolution (27 March) explores the journey of humanity, from its African origin until present days using a blend of street dance styles and experimental movement. In the online programme, multi-disciplinary collective Project X’s focus is to change the conversations and perceptions around dance within the African Caribbean diaspora in Scotland. They present Lovey and Boy: A Carnival Odyssey. For those able to visit Glasgow, the online production will be accompanied by a live installation.

LJ Findlay-Walsh, Curator, Dance International Glasgow, said: “We're delighted to present this addition to the main October festival with performances once again taking place at Tramway, outdoors, online and across other city venues. This March festival features a small number of carefully selected performers tackling identity, politics and modern culture and reflecting on their personal stories."

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life, and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Dance International Glasgow perfectly encapsulates the city’s vibrant cultural scene and will be eagerly anticipated by audiences starved of performances in the last two years. This edition will be a diverse mix of inspiring dance performances by phenomenally gifted homegrown and international artists across various Glasgow venues, including the acclaimed Tramway art space.”

The DIG spring season is on sale now.