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 Post subject: Scottish Dance Theatre News
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2001 11:26 pm 
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Light on their feet

Lottery funding has brightened the future of Scottish Dance Theatre. As it launches its autumn tour, MARY BRENNAN in The Herald finds the company hoping that its lucky numbers can invigorate the movement.

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WITH two new dancers bringing company numbers up to eight - and two new pieces coming into the repertoire in time for the autumn tour - the future looks brighter than ever for the Dundee-based Scottish Dance Theatre.

Over the summer, news came through that plans for a much-needed rehearsal space had been given a £660,000 boost - in the form of a capital lottery grant - and, even while I'm chatting to Janet Smith, SDT's artistic director, about these developments, she learns of yet another useful addition to this company's carefully-marshalled and thriftily-managed resources.
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<B>Choice - Scottish Dance Theatre</B> <P>by christopher bowen in Scotland on Sunday<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>WHEN Janet Smith took over the directorship of Scottish Dance Theatre in the summer of 1997, she was viewed by many as a ‘safe pair of hands’. Goodness knows, the Dundee-based company needed a stabilising force. Janet Smith has certainly provided that by carefully nurturing the dancers under her charge, raising the standards of technique and pushing the boundaries of repertoire. Well, nudging them at any rate. <P>Things are looking good for SDT. With a successful debut at Edinburgh Festival Theatre (as host company for the 2000 Peter Darrell Choreographic Award) and first foreign date (at the Kuopio Festival in Finland) under its belt, the company has lately expanded to eight and, thanks to a Lottery award, is set to move from its grim bunker at the back of Dundee Rep Theatre into an airy new studio by Christmas 2002.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><A HREF="http://www.scotlandonsunday.com/searchresults.cfm?id=SS01035568&keyword=ballet" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited September 16, 2001).]


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<B>A look at the future of Scottish dancing</B><BR>Rory Ford interviews Janet Smith of Scottish Dance Theatre for The Edinburgh News<P><BR>IF the beleaguered management at Scottish Ballet are looking for tips on how to run a successful dance company they could do worse than study the example of Scottish Dance Theatre. <P>In fact, they may already be looking towards the small Dundee-based outfit as something of a role model already. <P>When Scottish Ballet announced their intention to "re-position" the national company as a contemporary dance outfit with a new emphasis on smaller scale productions, chief executive Christopher Barron explained "they were looking towards the success of SDT and Dancebase in Edinburgh".<P><A HREF="http://www.edinburghnews.com/searchresults.cfm?id=EN01204996&keyword=ballet" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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A major vote of confidence for Scottish Dance Theatre, one of the success stories of UK dance over the past few years:

FUNDING BOOST FOR REP’S DANCE COMPANY
From The Courier (Dundee)

DUNDEE REP’S dance company, Scottish Dance Theatre, has received a 78% increase in Scottish Arts Council revenue funding, and in addition to the increase the new figure of £500,000 per annum has been guaranteed for three years.

SDT Artistic director Janet Smith said, "We are absolutely thrilled. We see the award as a real recognition of the excellent achievements of the dedicated, talented team at SDT.

"It was only a year ago that we were able to put the dancers on full time contracts and we have always sailed very close to the wind with minimal production budgets.

"Our award marks a coming of age for contemporary dance in Scotland. We are reaching out to audiences and showing that dance can make a difference."

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Dance wins a firm footing
By Jackie McGlone forThe Scotsman on Sunday
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DANCE is the new rock and roll, announces Janet Smith, unable to keep the note of glee out of her voice. It’s always been her credo, but now it’s official and the artistic director of Scottish Dance Theatre is metaphorically jumping for joy. Were she not due to have some minor surgery this spring, the 51-year-old would be leaping up and down with excitement.

"I still can’t quite believe it," she says of the Scottish Arts Council’s decision to increase her company’s revenue funding by more than £200,000, bringing the total to £500,000. So, after keeping her ground-breaking modern dance company going on a shoestring, Smith and her team of eight dancers, all of whom are now on full-time contracts, have finally won the recognition and bankrolling they deserve.

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Meltdown in sunny Spoleto
Scottish Dance Theatre are now in residence at Dancebase on Edinburgh's Grassmarket, hotfoot from a tour of Italy. Artistic director JANET SMITH reveals her diary of their odyssey.

The people: nine dancers, two technical crew, associate artist, and artistic director.

The work: High Land by Janet Smith and My House Is Melting by Beth Cassani.

Thursday, July 17, Rome

Arrive in 40C Rome. Even the Italians are complaining. Dancing in heavy costumes will be our biggest challenge.

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Dancing in the daylight
Six years after Janet Smith joined as the new artistic director, Scottish Dance Theatre has recovered its spirit of adventure. And next spring the company is getting a brand new studio to cap its success, writes Kelly Apter for The Sunday Times


No natural light, no fresh air, no temperature control. Buried away in the bowels of Dundee Rep Theatre, the Scottish Dance Theatre studio offers little inspiration. That anything vaguely creative has taken place there is a minor miracle. But it has, in spades. When artistic director, Janet Smith arrived at the contemporary dance company in 1997, the first job on her list was to move studios. Six years later, the builders have finally arrived.

Work on a new £1m state-of-the-art space, designed by Nicoll Russell Studios, began last week with a completion date of next spring. Partly financed by the Eastern Scotland European Partnership and local trusts, the bulk of the cash has come from the Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Fund.

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10 step programme
Until recently, Scotland had never produced a really successful contemporary dance company. But over the past few years, Scottish Dance Theatre finally seem to have pulled it off. As they embark on another extensive tour, stronger and more confident than ever, Ellie Carr for The sunday Herald explores the strategies that have helped them find their feet.


1: Hire a brilliant artistic director
Easier said than done. But Scottish Dance Theatre’s fortunes began to turn the day Janet Smith walked in the door in 1997. Quiet and unassuming, this respected English choreographer/director has transformed SDT from a company of also-rans to a sophisticated team of major players on the international dance scene. The secret of her success? Hard to pinpoint. But exacting technical standards and a feel for work that’s both accessible and innovative go some way to explaining it.

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