The Art of Treepling
Friday 7 – Sunday 9 June
@ venues across Edinburgh
A mini-festival of percussive dance culminating the First Footing residency including public workshops, masterclasses, work-in-progress showings, dance-for-camera showings, panels and performances with international guests Sandy Silva, Colin Dunne and artist-in-residence Nic Gareiss.
A note on ticketing and discounts: The opening concert is free to all attending the weekend. Members of the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland receive £5 off all events. Participants on workshops receive free entry to the panel talks or film screening. If you attend two or more workshops you receive free entry to both.
First Footing is a tailor-made residency rooted in collaboration across dance and music communities, traditional and contemporary practices. It spans traditional arts organisations, dance agencies, educational institutions and community groups to foster deeper levels of engagement, connectivity and new support for traditional dance in Scotland.
Nic Gareiss is a percussive dance artist, musician and dance researcher, voted one of Dance Magazine’s 2019 “25 to Watch” and hailed by the Boston Herald as “the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene”. His work re-imagines movement as a musical practice, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Originally from Michigan, Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration.
First Footing is led by the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland in partnership with the University of Edinburgh with support from Creative Scotland.
Photo credit: Michael Erlewine