New Screen Dance Award

We are delighted to announce that Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland was awarded British Council funding for a new screen dance commission. This new screen dance teaser will be launched online during the 27th United Nations Climate Change conference, more commonly referred to as COP27. The conference will be held from 6 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Our screen dance commission will be premiered on the big screen as part of our Pomegranates international trad dance festival planned for 29-30 April 2023. Mark your diary!

Our new commission is funded by the British Council’s Creative Commissions Egypt for COP27, designed as part of British Council Climate Connections programme. It will feature an original score and visuals. Four international dancers based in Scotland and Egypt will reimagine the mythological world inhabited by the Celtic and Egyptian mothers of Earth. Expect a beautifully compelling and vital piece of storytelling and movement for the screen. Sign up for our free Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland newsletter here to follow our creative process.

In the meantime, meet the award-winning filmmaker Marlene Millar (pictured) who will direct our new screen dance remotely from her native Montreal. The short dance films from her Migration project were recently shown on the big screen at Netherbow Theatre, Scottish Storytelling Centre as part of Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland mini-festival of percussive dance on 8 June 2019. The screening was accompanied by a post-show Q&A with Marlene Millar and special guests. The Migration films follow a cast of dancer-singers as they travel. Song, rhythm and movement combine with the landscape to recount stories of migration. Find out more about this ongoing film project by exploring Migration dance digital platform here.