Charlotte Mclean

Charlotte Mclean's work amalgamates dance theatre, improvisation, voice work, imagination, self-celebration, radical listening and joy. Charlotte is a contemporary dance artist from Arbroath, Scotland and a London Contemporary Dance School graduate.

She has performed and worked internationally with Eva Recacha, Pink Mama Theatre, Jack Webb, Barrowland Ballet, Curious Seed and Vanessa Cook amongst many others.

Charlotte is co-founder of badbodychaoscode with Haley Jayne Gash and founder of Die Berner Band. Both bands have been commissioned to perform at Edinburgh and Camden Fringe Festivals, Brainchild Festival, V&A London, The Place and have been featured in Dazed and Confused Magazine, as well as commissioned by TANZhAUS Bern and Dampfzentrale. They have toured in the UK, Poland, France, Germany, Switzerland and New York City.
Instagram: @badbodychaoscode // @diebernerband

Charlotte began her dancing career with Highland, a traditional Scottish form of movement and taught this from a young age. She has always been passionate about teaching and sharing. She has taught at London Contemporary Dance School; Scottish Dance Theatre; Dance Base Edinburgh, TanzBüro Basel and now teaches at Barbara Bortoli Ballett Schule in Utzenstorf. She also worked at The Royal Ballet School for two years as Associate Centre Assistant.



Charlotte's most recent choreographic endeavour was a solo performance titled And. She premiered this solo at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2022, receiving 5 stars from The Scotsman and many rave reviews including: "Mclean is a brilliant storyteller. Fierce and empowering" (All Edinburgh Theatre); "exhilarating, occasionally jaw-droppingly bold and clever show" (The Scotsman) and "Mclean delicately weaves spoken word, political commentary and personal anecdotes with beautiful, eruptive pockets of dance " (danceartjournal).

And is an auto-biographical performance about growing up as a woman, and explores culture, identity, nationality and politics.

And is a tribute to every living creature on this earth.
To everything. Thank you.
And is a sacrifice to every emotion, even those we are yet to feel.
And is a homage to; the earth, the cosmos, the miniscule, the magic, the meaning, the moment, the moments before and all that's yet to come.
And is to feel, to fail, to experience, to share and to be.
And is then and was. And is here and now.
And is in between and something to believe in. And is hope.
And is the mothers and grandmothers who've danced before us, everyone we've ever known and the children we're yet to meet.

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Futuristic Folktales

Charlotte's next choreographic endeavour is Futuristic Folktales, premiering April 2024.

Futuristic Folktales is a new dance theatre production from Charlotte Mclean and Collaborators telling the tentative tale of the first womb, humbly attempting to unify humanity through the universal narrative of birth. The work questions the preservation of tradition and myth using contemporary, breaking and Scottish Highland dance, as well as storytelling and song. Through these performative mediums, the work politicises and critiques borders, body politics and reproductive justice. Futuristic Folktales is a trio-work performed by actor (Chanai Bradley Fofanah), dancer (Orrow Bell) and break-dancer (Astro Raiz Jorge Scheidegger)