A dance “Festival within a Festival” at The
Producer/Director: Jodi Kaplan
our 7th year in 2015!
Booking Dance Festival celebrates its 7th anniversary as the premiere dance festival-within-a-festival at the Edinburgh Fringe. Presenting dynamic dance companies from across the USA in one show,
this year’s program is sure to captivate audiences as an ongoing
festival favourite. Exhilarating, extraordinary, dynamic dance
performed by the best companies from across the USA. Diverse styles
include contemporary, hip hop, and multicultural – all new artists in
an all new show each year. Bite-sized festival format.
Prepare to leave pleasantly full – ★★★★ The Scotsman
Perfect for The Fringe Lover! - ★★★★★ The Skinny
A definite FIVE STARS - ★★★★★ MumbleDance
Wednesday, Aug 12 – Sunday, Aug 16
Venue 150@EICC (Edinburgh International Conference Centre)
150 Morrison Street at The Exchange
Price: £12 (£8 concession)
Dancers and Students: £5
Kids under 14 - £3!
To purchase tickets please call 0844-847-1639 or book online www.venue150.com
Purchase Showcase Tickets Here
2008, Booking Dance has been staging their festival within a festival”
in Edinburgh. It’s an ambitious project that gives Fringe audiences a
chance to sample a feast of American talent in one serving…Producer
Jodi Kaplan knows how to please, and her curatorial decision making is
resolutely sound throughout. ”
– Kelly Apter, The Scotsman
BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL 2015 - SPECIAL ACTIVITIES
Booking Dance Photo Exhibit
Opening on Wednesday, August 12*
*following the opening performance
Booking Dance Festival photo exhibit features the images of
collaborator Andy Phillipson and will on view in the lobby of
Venue150@EICC through August 18
*Prints for sale
Click here to see select images from Booking Dance Festival by Andy Phillipson
Educational Outreach Day
Saturday, August 15
2pm-3pm Panel Discussion
3pm-Festival Showcase Performance
4:30pm-5pm Artist Meet and Greet
BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL 2015 OVERVIEW
2015 year is a special milestone for BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL - a
celebration of its “Golden Anniversary,” bringing over 50 dance
companies to The Fringe over the past 7 years since its first festival
at The Edinburgh Fringe in 2009.
This exciting year features a diverse range of contemporary dance
styles with an eye towards going more in-depth into the diversity of
dance that each of the specially selected artists offers – from Los
Angeles’ hip-hop Versa-Style Dance Company to New York City’s contemporary dance legend Jeanette Stoner & Dancers to Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Contemporary styles performed by our special international guest artist Metamorphosis Dance Company
of Trinidad and Tobago. Props such as trampolines and a specially
constructed wheel in some of the works performed also emphasize the
athletic connection to dance.
Featuring several world premieres!
Produced by Jodi Kaplan, the
BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh 2015 offers top USA dance artists the
opportunity to perform in Scotland for their first time.
Spotlighting American dance, each year is a completely different
program and the shows are always geared towards audiences of all ages,
dance aficionados and Fringe lovers alike. Performances this year will
be followed by Q&As to give audience members extra insights into
the world of dance and the Booking Dance Festival.
A unique feature of BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh 2015 is its outreach.
The festival will again extend beyond the stage to offer a diverse
range of activities including an Educational Outreach Day featuring a
pre-performance Panel Discussion with the producer and company artistic
directors as well as a post-performance artist question and answer
session. This year the Educational Day will take place on Saturday,
August 15th from 2-5pm. Group rates and free entry available for those
schools in need.
Jodi Kaplan / BookingDance continues to position its Booking DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh as a return engagement annually
Jeanette Stoner and Dancers (New York City)
Stoner has been collaborating with her performers for more than three
decades. Her works are concerned with the inner landscapes of the human
psyche and soul. Ms. Stoner performed as a professional dancer with the
company of Alwin Nikolais, taught at the American Centre in Paris, and
is considered “a hidden treasure of New York dance.” Her
extraordinary choreography is sure to be an audience favourite with its
hypnotic and athletic sensibility – and even utilizes a trampoline and
Metamorphosis Dance Company (Trinidad and Tobago)*
see this special international guest artist! Comprised dancers all
proficient in Afro-Caribbean folk dance, Jazz and tap, Metamorphosis
Dance Company performs a wide array of Afro-Contemporary repertory work
that display a glimpse into the world of Caribbean culture. It has also
been active in community outreach through its presentation, "Gabriel -
Your Angel Lives in You", a self-esteem project for young people.
Versa-Style Dance Company (Los Angeles)
Versa-Style Dance Company consists of young, committed
and conscientious artists representing the diversity and beautiful
complexity of Los Angeles. They create highly energetic work that fuses
Hip-hop dance styles such as 90s Hip-hop, House, Popping, Locking,
Whacking, and Boogaloo, and Afro-Latin dance styles such as Salsa,
Merengue, Cumbia, and Afro-Cuban. Versa-Style has toured all over the
world including places such as India and Israel as part of the US
Embassy Envoy program.
“festival within a festival” takes place at Venue 150@EICC, 150
Morrison Street in the West End. This leading venue is renowned for its
popular sold-out shows, and the architecturally designed theatre space
positions dance in the best possible setting. Venue150@EICC is the
Booking Dance Festival’s home at The Fringe and this year will be its
7th annual partnership.
"Whether you're a contemporary
dance fiend or one of the uninitiated wanting to take a chance, this
production is perfect for the Edinburgh Fringe lover. From every corner
of America, Jodi Kaplan, dance producer extraordinaire, has gathered
eclectic works….and woven them into a recipe of pure enjoyment.
Professional American dance at the Fringe has been neglected of late
but plans are afoot for this wonderful dance “festival within a
festival" to return next year, and I for one will be sitting in rapture
in the aisles.
- ★★★★★ Three Weeks
“…the whole experience of seeing some of America’s best dancers one after another leaves a happy after-glow.”
Damo Bullen, MumbleDance
“A true festival within a festival – it’s a celebration of life and the body….Many rose in a standing ovation.”
– ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
“This show is like an excellent
Tapas of theatrical arts and it allows you to sample different ideas
whilst challenging your ideas.”
–★★★★ The Edinburgh Reporter