Flying Ceilidh: Callout for Participants

To all budding aerialists, dancers and Ceilidh-goers around Edinburgh!

Marie Williamson is searching for people with a love for ceilidh who may have a dance and/or aerial background that would like to join her on her first ever residency at Dance Base. During her residency she will be researching and developing a… flying ceilidh! 

• The residency will run from Mon 14 Nov – Fri 18 November 2016.
• The week will involve learning the ceilidh dances, adapting them into the air, plus character and storyline ideas.
• Work in Progress Sharing on the Friday that is free and open to the public.
• Participants should be able to join for a minimum of 2 days of the residency.
• Unfortunately this isn’t a funded residency and I am afraid I am unable to pay for participants time and expenses. It is on a voluntary basis only.

Marie’s Background:
‘After finishing at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2012 I began training with All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre (AoN). Since then I have begun working for them teaching, performing and choreographing from ages 8-80 with different physical and learning abilities around Scotland.

This month I start a pilot scheme with AoN as their first Emerging Artist, which as part of this they will be supporting my new project ‘Flying Ceilidh’.

Project Background:
This is a collaborative project working alongside AoN rigger, Imogen Michel, and performers from within the company. The first stages of the project happened in May and researched different ways of working with the original ceilidh dances, adapting them into the air, and worked with RCS graduate Sally Simpson who has performed as a traditional fiddle player with Le Haggis Cabaret.

The next stage of the project is the residency and then beyond…

If you are interested, email Marie at by 4 November:

  • a cover letter describing your background (dance, aerial, music, traditional ceilidh
  • your availability during the week (minimum of two days)
  • why this would be an interesting research project to be a part of (ie. what you could get from this, if anything what would you like to bring to the project).