The Shoogle Project and other stories

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As even the most Christmas-phobic amongst us begin eyeing up the selection boxes, you’d be forgiven for thinking our theatrical options between now and January are restricted to touring musicals, carol concerts and a loud chorus of “he’s behind yous!”.

But, returning for its third year, the Traverse’s Autumn Festival 2011 promises to bring us the best in live performance from Scotland and the UK, featuring dance, visual theatre, contemporary music and puppetry.



This year’s programme puts a particular focus on dance, opening with ballet LORENT’s la nuit intime which takes place in the Traverse Bar. Transformed from pre-theatre hang-out to sultry club, the bar will play host to ten dancers creating intimate performances of cabaret, pole-dance, flamenco and ballroom numbers in and around the audience as they mingle, chat and soak up the atmosphere. And you can also look forward to an up-close-and-personal experience for the festival’s close at Dance Base, where plan B will host The Shoogle Project, with live music by Shooglenifty. Part gig, part ceilidh, anything promising to ‘reinvent the meaning of a good night out’ has got to be worth a look.

Following the success of the critically-acclaimed Les Amoreux and a recent co-production of The Seven Deadly Sins with Scottish Opera, Scotland’s innovative Company Chordelia returns to the Traverse with Miranda, a new production of dance, music and theatre that seeks to blend and twist the traditional boundaries of performance. Presided over by a Pierrot and told in black and white, Miranda is a psychological thriller that narrates a story of decadence and self-discovery.

Cryptic’s trademark blend of film, movement and sound also makes a return with David Lang’s double bill of The Little Match Girl Passion, a Pulitzer Prize-winning combination of Hans Christian Andersen’s beautiful story with JS Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion which weaves its tale through dance and movement accompanied by percussion and vocal ensemble, and World to Come – Lang’s interpretation of man’s journey from the physical world to the spiritual featuring cellist Oliver Coates and visuals by Irish video artist Jack Phelan. Stick around after the performance on the 22nd to celebrate the Festival at the Traverse Wassail in the Bar Café, where food and drink is provided and entry is free with any Autumn Festival ticket.

Brought to the Traverse from Dance Base, Nowwhatnow? looks to the future in a world premiere of exciting new work from Andy Howitt, Alan Greig, Steinvor Palsson and Matthew Hawkins. And Leeds’ Phoenix Dance Theatre performs Declarations, a diverse and entertaining programme of four contemporary works by Warren Adams, Aletta Collins, Isira Makuloluwe and Philip Taylor.
For younger audiences (and much older ones too) creator, designer and performer of puppetry Shona Reppe presents The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean. Reppe was the designer behind Catherine Wheels Theatre Company’s multi award-winning production White, which formed part of the Traverse’s Fringe programme in 2010, and this production promises similarly spellbinding storytelling taking its inspiration from a Victorian scrapbook and presented through puppetry, visual theatre and film.

In an expansion of last year’s successful and experimental one day event, the Traverse and Red Note Ensemble will once again bring together writers and composers for Noisy Words, a creative live performance workshop. Participants will work with actors and musicians over two days, presenting the results to an audience on Sunday 27 November.

More details and online booking available at or call the box office on 0131 228 1404.

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