OUR UNIQUE SEASONAL OFFERING AND EXCITING PLANS FOR 2021

Today we are excited to reveal SHINE ON, a 4-part Christmas offering, as well as details our Spring 2021 programme all created in response to the coronavirus pandemic. While Dundee Rep Theatre remains closed to the public, the show must go on, and both resident ensembles have joined forces to deliver a host of special Christmas gifts over the festive period.

PRESENT will see both companies stage a total of four bespoke, socially distanced performances for four deserving Dundonians. The lucky recipients will be nominated by friends, families or colleagues to have a show made just for them. These unique Christmas pop-ups can take place on a doorstep or back garden and will be designed to surprise and delight (while operating within current Government guidelines). Nominations are open until Thursday 12 November at 5pm - find out how to nominate here.

PRESENT is just one of a series of seasonal offerings from us which will also include a behind-the-scenes SHINE ON documentary following our two ensembles as they adapt, pivot and transform the way they work in response to these challenging times.

To keep us all connected throughout the Christmas season, both companies will present ADVENT, a series of 24 digital performance gifts, filmed safely on the Rep stage, and shared on social media each day of December in the run up to Christmas.

Finally, the doors of Dundee Rep Theatre may be closed but this year the venue itself becomes the star of the show as we transform the building into a work of sound and visual art. With the help of award-winning designer Karen Tennent, and renowned lighting designer Emma Jones the theatre will come to life bringing a much-needed dose of festive cheer to all passers-by.

SPRING 2021… performance pop-ups and digital interventions

In Spring 2021, six new, interactive micro-commissions will pop up across Dundee as part of our THIS IS FOR YOU DUNDEE programme strand. These exciting, new works will showcase projects by a diverse group of artists and creatives who have been inspired by the lives and experiences of Dundonians. Through theatre, dance, music and visual art, the projects will celebrate Dundee voices, explore the city and our place within it.

This festival of pop-up performances includes family show Dundee Delight Dice, a relaxed outdoor family production with a different storyline every time depending on the roll of a set of giant dice, Taking Space, by hidden route and Hayley Blakeman is a site specific performance created in collaboration with young women in Dundee where the stories of safety in public spaces will be explored. Their project will empower young women to ask 'How can this belong to me?'

Street dance collective Three60 present their new project Mother Earth and dance artist Yosuke Kusano brings his new project Dundee QR-kun to the city’s streets with a unique mix of virtual and live performances. Working with Alzheimer’s Scotland, Remember Dundee will tell us the story of Dundee past and present working with people living with dementia and their families to explore their experiences, challenges and most cherished memories of life in Dundee. And theatre collective Bandwidth will restore your 2020 hopes and dreams with recollect, an exciting outdoor event that celebrates and commemorates Dundonians cancelled plans in a striking city centre living room performance space.

Chatbox sees students from Dundee and Angus College hit the streets of Dundee with a brand new piece that asks one audience member at a time to make a face-to-face connection, at a 2 metre distance!

#LoveDanceScotland

To accompany these Dundee-specific projects, we are delighted to be collaborating with Dance Base Scotland & Tramway Glasgow on the #LoveDanceScotland Commissions, a nation-wide project to support a number of Scottish-based artists to develop and deliver new work of scale. This commissioning opportunity will give artists the time and space to create work that will engage with and respond to Scottish audiences in the new performance landscape in which we find ourselves.

#BlackLivesMatter

Our commitment to supporting and amplifying anti-racism continues with the installation of Tilda Williams-Kelly’s She is (oil on canvas) in the window of the venue. The painting will be displayed throughout November and during 2021. This large scale painting is part of the Black Lives Matter Mural Trail which is curated by Wezi Mhura and features a range of different artworks by Black and Asian Scottish artists.

DIGITAL PROGRAMME:

From stage to screen, our digital offering continues to offer performance, creative projects and opportunities to engage with both Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre as they redefine what it means to put on a show.

Scottish Dance Theatre’s Every Map Has A Scale is an ongoing live-research and performance project by Artistic Director Joan Clevillé. The work aims to connect the company more deeply with communities in its home-town of Dundee and across Scotland, create opportunities for dialogue and exchange, and make the company’s artistic practice more inclusive and responsive

Six Questions is a new YouTube series curated by us that explores how it feels to live, work and create in 2020. Viewers have the opportunity to listen in to thought-provoking conversations as artists and creatives reach out digitally to those they can’t be with in person.

PechaKucha Night Dundee is coming back on the evening of Thursday 12 November 2020. Streamed live from the main stage of Dundee Rep Theatre, to the comfort of your own homes, hosted by Creative Dundee.

On 14 November 2020 at 7pm Dundee Rep will host Tenfold, an online event ‘run by young people for young people’ which will see 13 to 25 year olds sharing stories and experiences, from the funny to the informative.

Scottish Dance Theatre’s first ever digital tour took place this autumn, engaging with audiences from venues in Dundee, Scotland and Mexico! Introducing… Antigone, Interrupted is a unique online event combining footage from the original stage production, scenes reimagined for the screen and real-time meet-the-artist conversation. The event gives audiences an opportunity to “meet the characters” and hear from choreographer Joan Clevillé and dancer Solène Weinachter. The company will continue to “tour” this digital hybrid production nationally and internationally in Spring 2021 - dates to be announced soon.

Back in September, we launched Digital Buzz, a programme of online theatre and dance classes taught via Zoom. These have been hugely successful during the pandemic so we are delighted to announce that Digital Buzz will expand into 2021 to include our first ever Digital Buzz Festival, a programme featuring unique performances created across our online community, by performers aged from 5 to 85. Full details to follow in the new year.