Fleur Darkin named new Dundee Cultural Ambassador

Artistic Director Fleur Darkin

Scottish Dance Theatre LogoScottish Dance Theatre Artistic Director Fleur Darkin has been named as one of Dundee’s three new Cultural Ambassadors. This comes as Part of a campaign to promote Dundee to the world, updating the three J's of Jute, Jam and Journalism to the three C's of Culture, Comics and Comedy.

Fleur is named alongside Mike Stirling Editorial Director of the Beano and comedy writer Danny Wallace as Dundee's new ambassadors.

One City Many Discoveries — the group behind the campaign — hopes the three giants of Culture, Comics and Comedy will join the likes of Brian Cox and Lorraine Kelly in attracting visitors to Dundee.

Fleur said: “Our productions are Dundee made and then we export what we do to the rest of the world. Being based in Dundee is a blessing for us, because it’s very easy to live and work here and there are good conditions for experimentation.

“There are so few companies in the world like this, that have dancers on a permanent contract.

“There’s a real history here that’s influenced the wider dance world. Royston Maldoom in the 80’s for example brought on and encouraged young people like Andy Howitt, who was one of his teenage dancers and has gone on to have an international career.

“That kind of ambition is achievable because of what’s been done for dance here and I’m proud to share the Dundee provenance of Scottish Dance Theatre wherever we travel to.”

Fleur's career has included choreographic stints at Laban, Royal Opera House, The Place and the O2. Former Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic, her commissions include Jardin D’Europe, Linbury Trust, Jerwood, The Place Prize, and Glasgow 2014.

Collaborations include productions with Edinburgh International festival, Company of Angels, Grid Iron, Glastonbury Festivals, Channel 4/ Discovery, V&A at Dundee and National Theatre of Scotland. Her choreography has been described as ‘powerful and disturbing’ (The Stage), ‘always inventive’ (Telegraph) and as ‘politics comes to life in the body’ (New Statesman).