Coronavirus Christmas: Theater and dance companies stage shows during the holidays outside homes


Performers will be putting on custom performances in people’s yards or on their doorsteps as a Christmas present from two theater and dance companies.

As part of their season schedule, revealed on Thursday, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre will create socially distanced events for four members of the public.

Anyone living in Dundee can be nominated by friends, relatives or colleagues for the surprise pop-up case, called PRESENT, which will take place over the holidays.

Although the Dundee Rep Theatre is closed to the public, to remain linked with the public, companies use the digital world.

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Next month, both theaters will present ADVENT, a series of 24 “digital performance gifts” shot safely on stage at Dundee Rep and posted in the run-up to Christmas on social media every day in December.

Audiences will watch the SHINE ON documentary on December 28, a behind-the-scenes look at the two ensembles as they adapt to function in the pandemic.

Andrew Panton, Artistic Director of Dundee Rep Theatre and Joint Managing Director of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre, said, “As we deal with the coronavirus pandemic together this year, I am inspired, encouraged and in awe of the creative response not only of the team here at the Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre but also of the wider community.”

We are thankful for the support we have received from the Scottish Government and Innovative Scotland for helping us to develop this initiative, and for the people of Dundee, whose response and participation has been overwhelming since the lockdown.

“Despite all the challenges, the pandemic has strengthened our bond with the community in Dundee and beyond.”

With the aid of designer Karen Tennent and lighting designer Emma Jones, the venue itself will also be transformed into a piece of sound and visual art for the festive season.

Anyone who would like to nominate someone for PRESENT is asked to send an email to [email protected] explaining who should receive the performance and why, where the show might be held, what the nominee enjoys most about Christmas and whether there are any films, stories, shows or songs that they particularly like about Christmas.

Nominations are valid until 5 p.m. Uh, Nov. 12.

The performances are free and will be filmed and then broadcast on Christmas Day and Boxing Day on the social media platforms of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre.

As part of their THIS IS FOR YOU DUNDEE programming strand, the companies have also revealed six new digital micro-commissions that will pop up around Dundee next spring.

This pop-up performance festival includes the Dundee Delight Dice family show, a comfortable family outdoor production with a different storyline each time based on the roll of a set of giant dice.

The Three60 collective of street dance introduces its latest film, Mother Earth, which focuses on the love of nature and the contributions of women to humanity.

In their multimedia programming, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre continue to deliver events and artistic ventures.

“Joan Cleville, the Scottish Dance Theatre’s artistic director, said, “I am constantly fascinated by the openness of both the Scottish Dance Theatre dancers and the Dundee groups we’ve been dancing with in recent months.

“The pandemic has highlighted our need for connection and creative expression,” he said.

“While the future remains uncertain, this much is clear: dance plays an important role in our well-being as we walk through this time together.”


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