Call Out: The Work Room X Scottish Dance Theatre – In Pairs

Arts Practice
Deadline: 16.08.2021
Published: 14.07.2021

The Work Room (TWR) and Scottish Dance Theatre (SDT) are collaborating on In Pairs, an approach to fostering connections between SDT dancers and independent dance artists from TWR’s membership. In Pairs, will bring together 9 pairs of 18 dance artists based in Scotland (9 TWR members and 9 SDT company dancers), to embark on a slow and gentle process of self-directed reflection and exchange.

The project will run from late September 2021 - June 2022. Over this time, each pair will work together to shape and direct their own process. We intend for this to be a slow, quiet and spacious process, with moments of engagement over the 10 months. We anticipate exchange between pairs will mostly be done remotely and may take the form of video conversations or sharing via Whatsapp, email, Padlet, voice notes etc., although it will be up to each pair how they choose to engage.

Additionally, there will be three gathering points during the project– in October, February and June. The first taking place in Glasgow during Dance International Glasgow (DiG) for introductions, the second hosted online at a midway point in the process, and a final in person gathering in Dundee, to share and reflect together.

The purpose of this time is to reflect and connect with another dance artist: to share insights between the practices of company and freelance dance artists and offer a ground for mutual sharing and receiving of thoughts, ideas, questions and enquiries. It is not about developing new projects or performances together or for developing existing ideas or projects on or with your partner.

The Support

For TWR members, support for In Pairs includes:

-          Being paired with a company dancer from Scottish Dance Theatre, to exchange and reflect on practice together

-          A £500 bursary towards artist’s time

-          3 group gatherings, bringing all In Pairs dance artists together to meet and share reflections collectively including one around a performance at Dance International Glasgow

-          A small allowance for material costs and travel expenses, per pair

-          Access costs for those that require

In Pairs participants will also have free access to Scottish Dance Theatre pro class (delivered online) and tickets to SDT performances at Dundee Rep or Rep Studios between October 21 – June 22


Expressions of interest are open to TWR members at any stage of their career, who feel they would benefit from this opportunity. We particularly recognise the rich potential for exchange between dance artists from different practices, perspectives and experiences and encourage members working across an expansive range of styles, techniques, practices and approaches to apply.

Please see the call out for full deatils on how to apply and a timeline of the project.


Closing date for expressions of interest is 16 August. 

Image of Solène Weinachter and Luigi Nardone by Genevieve Reeves