Glasgow city streets become stage as Dance International festival returns


The streets of the city will become an outdoor stage with the announcement of the Dance International Glasgow Festival in October.

From the visual art spaces of the Tramway and the Modern Art Gallery to the outdoor stage of the Queens Park Arena, the fourth edition of the festival will travel beyond its Tramway home.

Featuring exceptional performances from local and national artists, the performances will be presented live indoors and outdoors and through film, virtual reality and the new digital component of DIG.

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Experimenting with a new approach to the festival, Dance international Glasgow will take place in two stages in October 2021 and spring 2022.

Highlights of the October 2021 program include Love Dance Scotland Shotput commission award recipients open the festival on Friday October 1 and Saturday October 2 with work in progress ‘Totentanz’, a dance of death for our time and a manifesto for to connect through death rather than being isolated by it.

‘Totentanz’ will present an accompanying exhibition in the Tramway Upper Gallery from October 2 to 17 created by Shotput and performance photographer Brian Hartley.


Outdoor nightly performances and a ‘STRUT’ by MHz mobile projection parade take to the streets of Pollokshields on Thursday October 7th and Govanhill on Sunday October 10th.

From windows and doorways, residents can watch five local dancing heroes reflect the festive energy of their beloved neighborhoods. The personal styles of the dancers will range from bhangra to romani, salsa and hip-hop.

Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballet presents a series of five films on Thursday 21 October. “Whiteout” and “Loose Leaf Tea” which will feature responses from students at St Albert Elementary School. The colorful films will be on tour in a moving van through the neighborhoods of Pollokshields and Govanhill.


LJ Findlay-Walsh, Curator, Dance International Glasgow, said: We are delighted to bring the DIG festival back for its 4th edition. We’re coming back to present a more secure and secure hybrid festival with digital and distant live works and outdoor dance performances.

“Our goal this year has been to try and create a palette of experiences accessible to the widest range of audiences who may have been removed from cultural experiences over the past year and a half, including relaxed performances, sustainable installations. and even virtual experiences.

“We have also remained flexible to the needs of artists this year by extending the festival over two periods on October 21 and March 22. We worked mainly with local and national artists and they led the way in imagining new forms and new ways of meeting their audiences.

As always their work is centered around the moving body, audiences can expect everything from the immersive, meditative and healing properties of dance to an opportunity to safely come together in joyful experiences that encourage us to move. together or to be moved, shaking off the dust of the recent past and confidently moving forward into the future.

Councilor David McDonald, President of Glasgow Life and Deputy Head of Glasgow City Council, said: “It is wonderful to see this vibrant festival return to Glasgow for its fourth edition. This is a remarkable achievement in light of the challenges faced by the arts and entertainment industries over the past 18 months as a result of Covid-19.

“The rich mix of programming for this year’s festival will see performances take place in some of the city’s most beloved artistic and outdoor spaces and street performances will bring the festival to the public by ensuring it is accessible to all.

“The STRUT outdoor performance will celebrate our local communities. Featuring and championing the dance heroes of Govanhill and Pollokshields, this uplifting project will reflect the festive energy and diverse cultures of these neighborhoods.


Darcy J. Skinner

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