Alan Greig Dance Theatre was formed two and a half decades ago and has strived for accessibility, innovation and invention. The company has toured Scotland’s leading venues since 1990 and has performed at the Edinburgh fringe festival as well as in London, Cologne, Nuremberg, Hong Kong, New York and Shanghai. An AGDT audience ranges from enthusiastic students to the more mature and discerning viewer. Those unfamiliar to dance are often blown away by the visual spectacle, technical virtuosity of the dancers and the desire of the company to communicate real and universal issues in an unpretentious and understandable manner. Most shows strive to include humour and laugh out loud moments, elements not always to be found in other contemporary dance shows.
“Levity comes in Greig’s very funny drag turn as a dear, tartan clad spiritualist. Rather than jar the prevailing sober mood, it’s a welcome demonstration that Greig doesn’t take himself too seriously”
Greig has created over twenty six pieces for the company including the controversial Sexual (1997) an exploration of gay male sexuality, Unspoken (2000) a haunting tale of a drowned brother, told through liquid moves and sensuous duet work. The Dearly Departed (2002) asks ‘what happens to us after death?’ revelling in the conflicting beliefs held around the world and Uncanny (2005) takes a witty look at the bizarre and unusual, set somewhere in the twilight zone and celebrating the oddball. Other Voices, Other Rooms (2008) a site specific romp through the free masons building in Edinburgh and Into the Light (2009) a one man show spanning two decades Greig’s accessible, provocative, athletic and highly visual style. Do You Nomi (2013) focused on the life and career of avant garde pop/opera Klaus Nomi and most recently Goddess (2015) an Edinburgh Mela festival commission celebrating the Goddess of world culture,religion and myths, featuring a cast of four powerful female performers and a diverse soundtrack from Philip Glass,Portishead and Doris day.
“This is a thought –provoking, atmospheric, funny and likeable work, which packs more into 45minutes than many shows manage in two hours.”
The company has also commissioned international names to create work including New York’s Stephen Petronio and French maverick Phillipe Decouffle. The artistic standards of Alan Greig Dance Theatre are consistently high, bringing in leading UK costume, lighting and sound designers and the dancers have been drawn from such companies as Rambert, Nikolais Dance Theatre, Stephen Petronio, David Dorfman, Mark Morris, Bill T Jones, DV8, Michael Clark, Richard Alston, Janet Smith, Raphael Bonachela and Siobhan Davies.
“But don’t let the mischievous sight gags or humorous spoofs – the Kate Bush number is a hoot – blind you to the well crafted nature of the dance, not least the sinuous duet that sees Bowden lip-locked with Rachel McDermott in moves that take both of them head over heels without unglue-ing that amazing prolonged clinch.”