New dance party brings Brazilian beats to Mull

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Scottish Dance Theatre is joining Glasgow music label Optimo to bring Brazilian street festival-inspired show, Looping: Scotland Overdub, to Mull as part of its summer tour.

Scottish artists will take the Brazilian hit show Looping: Bahia Overdub and re-imagine it with a Scottish ceilidh culture twist, creating the tour for Looping: Scotland Overdub. It will be performed on Mull on Tuesday August 7 at Mull Theatre.

Working with Optimo and DJs JD Twitch and Bake, the company of 12 SDT dancers will take to the road to bring this street festival ceilidh to Mull. With words by the acclaimed writer Kieran Hurley and moves by Felipe de Assis and Rita Aquino of the Brazilian Dance Collective made famous at the 2016 Panorama Festival in Rio.

Starting in mid July, SDT will work with up to 25 young people aged 12 and over to form community casts in each location to explore the urban cultures and heritages of Brazil and Scotland in a political dance party, through electronic dance music and fresh dance.

SDT’s company of professional dancers will work with the young community casts during a residency period in Mull, culminating in a final performance/sharing moment for the wider community, capturing the collective spirit of ceilidh dancing and street festival.

Fleur Darkin, artistic director of SDT, said: ‘In touring Brazil two years ago, I came across the mighty Panorama Festival and stumbled upon Looping. Working in a purposely flat structure of a dance collective, Felipe de Assis and Rita Aquino are among the most exciting dance workers in Brazil today.

‘Looping and its directive of “Dance! Party! Politics!” felt important at this time. Certainly as an artist I find it hard to make work when there is such turmoil for so many people around the globe and at home.

‘We saw the potential for harnessing their infectious energy and using our own established community networks to create something special and inspire audiences to use their voices.

‘Working with local talent, Looping: Scotland Overdub not only brings the open attitude and power of dance for all, but also unlocks the celebration of place through unique dance festivals. I am so thrilled to bring together some of Scotland’s finest talent and for us all to dance to the fantastic output of legendary Glaswegian label Optimo.’

To take part in Looping: Scotland Overdub contact Dawn Hartley, head of creative learning, Scottish Dance Theatre, at