Today, on Friday 10 April, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre are pleased to announce ‘Where are you, Dundee?’ This brand new project is a collective artwork created for and by the people of Dundee, engaging with our audiences and communities across the city and encouraging them to connect and share creative experiences at this challenging time.

The project, launching fully in the coming weeks, has been developed in response to the social disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and aims to reach people throughout the city and further afield, encouraging them to tell their story, connect with others and share their experiences.

Each week, a new series of creative tasks will be announced, designed to bring people together whilst they are apart. Participants will be invited to share their stories and artwork via online and offline methods, creating an evolving tapestry of memories, experiences and everyday moments in the place we call home and of the people that we love. The project is open to everyone and will reach out to those who are vulnerable and isolated in society, offering support and encouragement to those who need it most, as people adjust to new restrictions and the difficult realities caused by COVID-19.

The project will be led by new Associate Directors, Jess Thorpe, and Tashi Gore, Artistic Director (Dundee Rep) Andrew Panton, and Artistic Director (Scottish Dance Theatre) Joan Clevillé and of course, the people of Dundee. Jess Thorpe and Tashi Gore, have recently joined the Organisation as new Associate Directors (Engage) and will lead the development of Engagement, Participation and Creative Learning for the Organisation, joining artistic forces with Andrew Panton and Joan Clevillé to lead a programme of dance and theatre engagement in the city and further afield.

Talking about the origins of this project, Joint-Chief Executive/Artistic Director (Dundee Rep) Andrew Panton and Artistic Director (Scottish Dance Theatre) Joan Clevillé said:

“When we were thinking about our artistic response over this period, we were really keen to involve our audiences and make sure they were involved in the choices we make. We asked ourselves “What is a theatre and dance company when our building is closed and we can’t be in the same physical spaces as our audiences and participants?“

‘Where are you, Dundee?’ is a conversation that will take place both online and offline. It is a provocation and an invitation to find creativity in everyday life, to collect positive action and stimulate engagement across different generations. We can’t wait to see people’s responses and build this artwork together!”

Building community through shared experiences is at the heart of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre’s mission. The Organisation has an extensive engagement programme working with people both within the building and in formal and informal learning contexts across Scotland and through this project we look to reach out to communities here in Dundee, at a time when it is needed most, hoping that as many people here in the city can get involved, giving voices to the people in Dundee.

Describing more about the project, Associate Directors (Engage) Jess Thorpe and Tashi Gore said:

The tasks will be designed to appeal to a wide range of people and so there should be something that everyone can engage with. We are looking forward to learning more about our community as the project grows and we are excited for what we will learn about Dundee along the way.  We also hope that as the weeks go on it can provide us all with a valuable source of strength, and a connection to our neighbours as we get through this difficult time together."

Please visit dundeerep.co.uk for updates and information on how you can get involved.