British Dance Edition 2014 comes to Edinburgh

Oct 8 2013 | By More

Major dance industry event arrives Jan 2014

Akram Khan's iTMOI - one of the public performances at British Dance Edition 2014. Photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez

Akram Khan’s iTMOI – one of the public performances at British Dance Edition 2014. Photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez

By Thom Dibdin

British Dance Edition 2014, Britain’s major dance industry showcase and forum, is to be held in Edinburgh from January 30 – February 2, 2014.

The event is organised by the National Dance Network and is expected to attract up to 300 dance industry delegates for four days of performances, talks, presentations and networking opportunities.

Some of the performances will be open to the public, while Edinburgh’s independent dance artists and producers will be able to apply to register for a delegate pass on a first come, first served basis. Besides events held in Edinburgh’s theatres, delegates will spend a day in Glasgow at Tramway and Scottish Ballet.

British Dance Edition is the UK dance industry’s leading showcase. It presents the best of British dance to promoters and producers from the UK and across the globe. Primarily an industry gathering, where venue capacity allows tickets for dance performances will be on sale to the public at discounted prices.

This is the first time, that the biennial event has been held in Scotland. Over 200 artists and companies applied to take part in the showcase, whittled down to a more manageable number by a four-strong panel, chaired by Morag Deyes Artistic Director of Dance Base.

The unique landscape of dance from these islands

Presenting the programme, Deyes said: “it’s been a privilege to spend the last 12 months seeing a wide range work from across the UK and we’re excited to present a rich range of styles, artists and approaches to dance. For the first time delegates at British Dance Edition will see work from all four corners of the UK, mapping the unique landscape of dance from these islands.’

The resultant programme will feature:

  • 27 artists/companies to give performances of a completed work
  • 11 artists/companies to present or discuss their work in an informal studio environment
  • 6 artists to take part in panel discussions
  • 40 artists/companies to represent their work in a ‘trade fair’ context.

Delegates will be using six of Edinburgh’s theatre spaces. Dance Base, the Traverse, the Assembly Rooms, the Hub and the Studio at the Festival theatre will be used for delegate only events. The King’s theatre is hosting three performances, including Akram Khan’s iTMOi and Hofesh Shechter’s Sun, which will be open to the public.

Scottish work represents 30% of the programme making it the highest proportion of Scottish work ever featured at British Dance Edition. Performances from Scottish Dance Theatre, David Hughes Dance, Curious Seed, Plan B, Robbie Synge and Colette Sadler’s Stammer Productions will sit alongside talks and presentations from Janis Claxton Dance, Anna Krzystek, Ian Spink, Jack Webb and Rosalind Masson

Full details of British Dance Edition 2014 available on event website:

King’s Theatre Performances
Thursday 30 Jan, 2014 – 8.30pm
Akram KhaniTMOi (60 mins)
Tickets from Kings theatre website:

Friday 31 Jan 2014: 6.30-7.45
Scottish Dance Theatre, Winter Again (30 mins)
Avant Garde Dance, The Black Album (20 mins)
Tickets from Kings theatre website:

Sunday 2 Feb 2014: 4-5.25pm
Hofesh Shechter, Sun (70 mins)
Tim Casson, The Dance We Made (15 mins)
Tickets from Kings theatre website:


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