To entertain and communicate by creating emotional and highly visual dance, and by developing experimental and thought-provoking education projects.
Alan Greig Dance Theatre (formerly X Factor Dance Company) was formed in 1990 by Artistic Director Alan Greig. An immediate impact was made on the Scottish dance scene with the Guardian enthusing that the debut show was “wonderfully refreshing.” Alan Greig Dance Theatre has firmly remained one of Scotland’s consistently innovative and thought-provoking dance companies, enthralling critics and audiences alike with our unique repertory of work.
“Alan Greig has been surprising and entertaining in equal measures over the last decade” The Metro
The AGDT appeal lies in the ability to communicate with the audience by confronting real and universal issues with intelligence and humour. Greig’s work is rich in collaboration with writers, lighting designers, and specially commissioned sound scores. His choreography has explored a wide variety of subjects, drawing inspiration from movies, TV shows, books, music and the complexities of emotional and sexual relationships. An AGDT show resonates and stays with an audience long after the performance ends.
“Greig’s works are meaningful, evocative and accessible.” The Guardian.
Alan Greig Dance Theatre has been a client of the Scottish Arts Council, The British Council and Creative Scotland. Greig’s idiosyncratic style has driven the company, touring to small, midscale and occasionally large scale Scottish venues and further afield to London, Germany, Hong Kong, New York and Shanghai. Collaboration is also a vital aspect of this vibrant company with Greig forming a partnership with leading male dancer David Hughes to create Unspoken (2000) internationally renowned Stephen Petronio reworking Lareigne (2005) ex Rambert Dancer Colin Poole creating Smoke (2006) and legendary French luminary Phillipe Decouffle bringing Morceaux Choisis (2007) to enhance our repertory.
“The power of dance to weave new worlds has been harnessed beautifully… A rich and unforgettable work.” The Stage.
In 2009 the company joined forces with ex Petronio dancer Gerald Casel Dance to create Query, which toured Scotland and performed for three nights at the Cunningham studios in New York City. Greig performed his solo show Into the light at the Shanghai Dance festival (2009) and the Shanghai International Expo (2010). In 2013 we toured Do You Nomi made in collaboration with award winning theatre director Grant Smeaton. Most recently (2015) the Edinburgh Mela festival commissioned Goddess an all female production celebrating the Goddess of World culture, religion and myth.