The first-ever dedicated space for industry engagement at the Edinburgh festivals
|Taking over Studio 2 at Dance Base’s Grassmarket base, The Industry Hub will be open daily between 5 and 28 August, from 9.30am until 7pm, offering theatre and dance industry representatives a space to network and exchange ideas with peers and artists from across the Fringe and beyond.
As well as a place to relax and recharge in between shows, it will also offer an exciting programme of events, produced in collaboration with the major Fringe programming venues, UK and international showcases and other major festivals. These include a showcase of work from each of the nations presented by Made in Scotland, Horizon, Arts Council of Wales and Arts Council Northern Ireland to support their industry activity in Edinburgh this August. Making The Industry Hub a truly international venture are collaborations with a range of international showcases, including Swiss Selection, From Start to Finnish, #DANISH, Taiwan Season, Spotlight Canada, Quebec and Culture Ireland.
|The Industry Hub will also present a series of breakfast events co-hosted by Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Assembly, Summerhall, Pleasance and Underbelly and a special British Council-hosted Trade Fair which will bring together showcases and cultural delegations from across the festival and provide a platform for artists to engage with industry. Other highlights include trans artists Jo Clifford and Daniel Mariblanca in conversation exploring their working practises, Unlimited hosting a conversation on international opportunities for disabled artists, Unboxed festival on creativity in the UK and an international working event in collaboration with the Fringe Society creating an opportunity for face to face industry and artist engagement. The Industry Hub is an invitation only space designed for promoters, programmers and producers who have a track record or serious interest in presenting work they see at the Fringe. Those interested in securing access to The Industry Hub are advised to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To round off its exciting dance industry offer, Dance Base team is also pleased to present a series of Professional Classes taught by a range of teachers from around the world who often collaborate with Dance Base or present their work as part of the Dance Base Festival offer: Tess Letham presents classes inspired by David Zambrano’s Flying Low & Passing Through methods; Artistic Director of Curious Seed Christine Devaney teams up with musician Luke Sutherland on Out of Class, an open space for improvisation with a focus on the interplay between dance and live music; Stephen Pelton’s classes move from Limon-based swing, fall and recover fundamentals to ballet placement exercises to yoga-inspired strengthening practices to combinations exploring Pelton’s own lyrical and idiosyncratic movement style; Hung Dance’s Lai Hung-Chung choreographer for a great-reviewed show See You leads a four-day long workshop and Vincent Hantam offers an extensive experience of classical ballet.
Jim Hollington, CEO of Dance Base said: “Dance Base has always been the home of dance on the Fringe, where the public, artists and the industry connect. Through our new partnerships with venues, showcases and the British Council, The Industry Hub will help the Fringe remain a vital global marketplace for theatre and dance.”