Dance from Scotland at Tanzmesse nrw 2016: MayBe by Marc Brew

International Tanzmesse nrw is Europe’s largest dance trade event, taking place 31 August to 3 September in Düsseldorf, Germany. This year marks the first time Scotland has presented a co-ordinated presence at the festival, with programme performances from Joan Cleville Dance and Mystery Skin, as well as a Scottish delegation of attendees including choreographers, performers and producers. Over the next week as we look forward to Tanzmesse nrw and to strengthening our international connections, we will present a series of features on some outstanding collaborative projects and exchanges between Scottish artists and international partners...  

MayBe, photo: Susan Hay 

Marc Brew Company in collaboration with Natalia Mallo, Gisele Calazans and Mirella Brandi (Brazil)

In June 2015, supported by the new British Council Transform programme that aims to develop the artistic dialogue between the UK and Brazil, Glasgow based dancer and choreographer Marc Brew and Brazilian dancer Gisele Calazans participated in a creative residency at MIS - Museum of Image and Sound, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The encounter was a spontaneous combustion of bodies; movement and risk; affection and trust.

The unique creative process was conceived by Natalia Mallo (also live musician), and included lighting designer Mirella Brandi as a co-creator of the work. The lighting emerged as a third dancer, making real-time choices, outlining the bodies and reshaping the space. Accessibility resources were embedded in the work, including caption, audio description and sign language.

In January 2016 Giselle and Natalia were supported, in part by Creative Scotland, to come across to Tramway in Glasgow, who provided free rehearsal space, to continue to develop the work.

This exchange between the UK and Brazil was carried out as part of the Unlimited programme, which promotes performances, workshops, consulting and capacity building on accessibility within the cultural environment. One of the main aims of Unlimited is to bring a change in perception and attitude towards the disabled artists through shows that demonstrate quality and artistic excellence.

MayBe premiered in Sao Paolo, Brazil at SESC Consolation in June 2016 and will have its UK premiere at Tramway, as part of their Unlimited programme on 17-18 September 2016.

Natalia Mallo said:MayBe is about encounters and the inevitability of love. It is about what might be and an instance of doubt. Attraction, rejection, crossing paths and departures is a metaphor about the liquidity of relationships in the contemporary world.”

Marc Brew said: “Working with Natalia, Gisele and Mirella has been a wonderful cultural exchange between Scotland and Brazil where we have learned and shared from each other through the creative process of MayBe. I particularly have fallen in love with their passion and commitment to dance and live music that encompasses whole heartedly a full accessible theatrical experience for all. And overcoming any obstacle that presents itself and how we can use it to inform the work and make it into a strength. MayBe combines a piece of us all which is rich and honest.”

Uchronia, a short piece created during the same development period will have its UK premiere at Liberty festival London on 3 September before heading to Gathered Together 2016 in Glasgow on 8 September. Using nostalgia as a starting point, the performers will tell a story that has multiple endings exploring what might have been.

Uchronia, photo by Susan Hay 

Further Information

Find out more about Marc Brew and Natalia Mallo.

Dance from Scotland at the Tanzmesse nrw 2016

Creative Scotland is partnering with The Work Room and Dance Base to promote Dance from Scotland at the Taznmesse nrw 2016, find out more about the Scottish delegation at the festival.

Read our other features on Dance From Scotland at Tanzmesse nrw.

This article was published on 30 Aug 2016