Media Release: Scotland’s dance sector to be represented at Europe’s largest dance trade event


SCOTTISH dance artists and companies look to take advantage of potential new international markets for the dance sector at International Tanzmesse nrw 2016, recognised as Europe’s largest dance trade event (31 August – 03 September 2016), in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The bi-annual, four-day gathering features a performance programme with performances from Scotland-based companies, Joan Cleville Dance and Mystery Skin.

The event includes a bustling trade fair, and a series of debates, information sessions and open studio sessions which provide artists and choreographers the opportunity to share their new emerging creations with fellow dance professionals from around the world.

Marking the first time that Scotland has presented a co-ordinated presence at the festival along with other UK partners, the Scottish delegation includes choreographers, performers and producers – Belinda McElhinney, Emma Jayne Park, Jennifer Phillips, Karl Jay Lewin, Kim Simpson, Leigh Robieson-Cleaver, Rob Heaslip, Susan Hay and Tony Mills – representing various companies across Scotland, including Bodysurf Scotland, Dudendance, Barrowland Ballet, Curious Seed, Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre, All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre, Marc Brew Company, Room 2 Manoeuvre and Tramway’s Unlimited Festival.

Dance artists and members of The Work Room Saffy Setohy and Rosanna Irvine will also be attending.

The delegation will be supported by representatives from Creative Scotland, The Work Room and Dance Base.

Laura Cameron-Lewis, head of Dance, Creative Scotland, said: “We are proud to support a diverse range of performers to attend and showcase at Tanzmesse 2016, the largest dance marketplace in the world.

“Scottish artists are recognised across the world for their meaningful and emotional aesthetic, and Scotland now has an international reputation for work by disabled artists.

“Dance changes people’s lives and is open to anyone to experience. Dance artists in Scotland are endlessly inventive in creating ways for us to explore our humanity and reconnect with our bodies.”

Creative Scotland is partnering with The Work Room and Dance Base to promote Dance From Scotland at the Tanzmesse nrw 2016.

This is part of wider focus on Dance in Great Britain led by National Dance Network, Dance 4, UK Trade & Investment, British Council, Arts Council England and Wales Arts International.

Dance in Great Britain celebrates and promotes the export potential of UK contemporary dance within an international dance market.

On attending Tanzmesse nrw 2016, Barrowland Ballet’s executive producer, Belinda McElhinney, said: “The opportunity to experience the creatively nourishing Tanzmesse festival, whilst meeting with international peers from around the world is invaluable.

“We can place our organisation and our work within a wider cultural context and meet with artists and programmers to discuss inspirations and potential future collaborations.”

While Room 2 Manoeuvre’s Tony Mills, commented: “By attending Tanzmesse 2016, we wish to use it as an opportunity to continue developing reciprocal international partnerships with arts organisations.

“Our primary focus will be to begin conversations with Nordic and other European organisations, venues and producers to bring our new work, Without a Hitch, to their attention.

“This would be with a view to developing touring opportunities in 2017/18.”


Media contacts:

Creative Scotland: Sophie Bambrough, media relations and PR officer
T: 0131 523 0015

Dance4: Alex Broughton, marketing and PR officer
T: 0115 924 2016.

Editor’s notes:

About International Tanzmesse nrw 2016

The International Tanzmesse nrw hosts the largest professional gathering dedicated exclusively to contemporary dance. The International Tanzmesse nrw 2016 will take place in Dusseldorf, Germany from Wednesday 31 August – Saturday 3 September.

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About The Work Room

The Work Room is an artist-led, membership organisation committed to supporting independent artists working in dance in Scotland. Find out more:

About Dance Base

Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, encourages and celebrates the potential for dance in everyone. Providing classes and workshops for the community, masterclasses and residencies for professional dancers and an extensive programme of participation work, Dance Base reaches out to inspire wellbeing and creativity, and cultivates a future for dance locally, nationally, and internationally. Find out more:

About Dance4

Dance4 is an internationally-recognised dance development agency nurturing new ideas in choreography. With an unique voice in the UK dance sector, Dance4 supports international and UK artists to develop new ideas in choreography alongside the public as participants and makers.

Dance4 provides leadership in Nottingham and the East Midlands, working in partnership to connect artists and communities to create extraordinary experiences for all. Find out more:

About National Dance Network

The National Dance Network is a network of 26 UK-based organisations whose primary role is the development of dance in the context of presenting, programming and commissioning. Find out more:

About Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit Follow us @creativescots and

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Creative Scotland contact details…

Contact: Sophie Bambrough
Phone: 0131 253 0015