I am so very fortunate to be returning to China for a second time this year. This time to Xiamen in the south of China. I will be working at The College of Music and Dance, Huaqiao University, China, December 9th to 22nd, I am looking forward very much to meeting the staff and students.
Alan is back in the studio next week (July 10th to July 14th 2017) to create work for the Project Y youth dance company in Glasgow. ‘The Dearly Departed’ explores the question: what happens to us after we die? The dance looks at the various and often conflicting religious beliefs held around the World. Originally performed by X Factor Dance Company in 2002, this will be a unique and completely reworked version, created on the Y-dance company. The soundtrack comprises of original music by Glasgow based composer, Tom Murray and utilises a specially recorded soundtrack of spoken words, using interviews with people across a wide range of ages, cultures and personal religious viewpoints. The dance, although dealing with a serious subject matter, also uses humour and will be dramatic, stylish, thought provoking and accessible.
Alan Greig is delighted to be returning to China, this time to the city of Ningbo, Zhejiang. Alan has been invited to be ‘honorary artistic adviser’ for an emerging choreographer Wu Xia and his company ‘Over Soul Tanz Theatre. The company will premiere an exciting new work ‘Attraction’ on April 1st 2017.
I have been back in the studio this week to mentor Tess Letham on her solo ‘How to survive the future’ She has been working all week at Dancebase studios and you can see the results tomorrow at 4pm in studio 2 (17/2/2017) Dancebase in the Grassmarket Edinburgh.Tess describes her work as ‘inspired by previous explorations, this work will be a personal discovery of the diversity in how we conduct ourselves. The search for the internal dialogue. The presence we send out that covers vulnerability and the intimate thoughts we have that never take action.
Tess will seek out this range of character within herself, drawing upon eccentricity of internal behaviours and the freedom of finding authentic movement for performance. Alongside this creation process, she will be taking the opportunity to experiment with dance on film, extending the work into a new direction for future aspirations’
The company is delighted to be collaborating once again with award-winning theatre director Grant Smeaton. We will be creating a site sensitive dance and theatre performance with students from Goucher College (USA) This year we are taking the Scottish legend of ‘The Blue Men of the Minch’ as our creative starting point. We are in residence at Dance base, Edinburgh July 25 to 29th. Performances will be held in outdoor locations throughout the City. Watch this space for times and locations.
Welcome back! Our website has been down for several months for technical and funding issues. Alan has just returned from re staging ‘Echoes’ for Jin Xing Dance Theatre in Shanghai. The work will form part of a triple bill that will tour to thirteen cities around China from April 2016 onwards. I will post details and images, so watch this space. We are also hoping to revamp this site, to give it a fresher and more modern feel and make it more user friendly.
A signature Mela dance commission for 2015, Goddess is a brand new dance theatre piece celebrating the Goddesses of world culture, religion and myths. Mystical and otherworldly, this stunning new show offers a shifting choreographic collage of images, emotions, athletic dance and text.
Choreographed by Alan Greig and dancers and featuring a cast of four powerful female performers and a diverse soundtrack with music from Philip Glass, Portishead and Doris Day – this is a show not to be missed!
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August 2015 see www.edinburgh-mela.co.uk/festival for details
A four star review from Kelly Apter in the ‘Scotsman’ for the Glasgow premiere in July 2014 of Jin Xing Dance Theatre. Jin Xing received an honorary doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for her services to dance. Greig returned to Shanghai, China, in June to restage his work ‘Echoes’ on the company:
Jin Xing Dance Theatre
Seen at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, Friday 4 July
4 stars ****
It’s unusual for a post-show discussion to be as captivating as the work you’ve just seen – but then there is nothing ‘usual’ about Chinese choreographer and dancer Jin Xing.
Entering the People’s Liberation Army performance company as a 9-year-old boy, Xing undertook both military and dance training. Following gender reassignment surgery at the age of 26, she has spent the past 20 years living as a woman – and becoming one of China’s most celebrated dancers and television hosts.
The TV work, she tells us, funds her real passion – Jin Xing Dance Theatre, based in
Shanghai since 1997, but only making its UK debut in Glasgow last week.
The performance coincided with Xing becoming Doctor of Dance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, so hopefully this is the first of many visits from this very watchable company.
Three diverse works filled the evening: an atmospheric group piece inspired by neurology by company dancer, Wang Tao; a tender yet gymnastic duet performed by Jin Xing herself (made, she tells us, two days after a relationship break-up); and a superb re-staging of Alan Greig’s Echoes.
Edinburgh-based Greig first created Echoes in 2004 for his own company, X Factor Dance. Commissioned by Jin Xing to re-work the piece for seven male dancers, it emerged with a new, vibrant physicality.
Then came the aforementioned Q&A – an entertaining, insightful and inspiring exchange that left us in no doubt why Jin Xing is the star of China’s dance scene.
June 17th will see the premiere of ‘the Gadfly project’ a Dance House commission for a multitude of Glasgow based community dance companies. The performances are at the prestigious Theatre Royal in Glasgow and the music from Shostakovitch will be played live by a forty plus strong orchestra. See http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/go-dance-14/theatre-royal-glasgow/ for details.
January 2014 is a busy month for Artistic director Alan Greig: Alan is choreographing a site specific promenade through the streets of Aberdeen on February 6th. Featuring over thirty community performers, lights, sound, dance and costume ‘Reclaim the Night’ is a celebration of International Woman’s day and the promenade starts at St Nikolas square at 7pm and marches to the Castlegate.
Alan is looking forward to meeting promoters at this years British Dance Edition ‘fair exchange’ on Friday 31st January 9-11.30am at Dance Base. He will have information on the company and will be the main contact to discuss future bookings and forthcoming developments for the company.
Finally, Alan is delighted to be working once again with Janice Parker productions on their new Commonwealth themed show ‘Glory’ a large scale immersive dance that celebrates Glasgow’s rich Commonwealth community and Glasgow 2014. Performances are at the Tramway (Glasgow) from the 5th to the 10th March 2014 (see www.janiceparker.co.uk for times and further details)