British Council has revealed its lineup of 30 artists for the Edinburgh Showcase, a programme of performing arts that takes place every two years at the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals,
Opening 19–24 August 2019, British Council's Edinburgh Showcase gives theatre and dance companies their biggest chance to show work to international promoters, potentially opening up export opportunities.
This year's showcases is filled with women writers and performers, and promises a range of issues including gender, disability, identity and race. The full lineup is:
- 1927's roots – Unearthed folk tales with live music and visuals
- Amy Bell's The Forecast – Exploring sexuality, desire and gender
- Battersea Art Centre's Frankenstein: How to Make A Monster – hip hop, beatboxing, song and theatre by artists from BAC Beatbox Academy
- Becky Namgaud's Like Honey – An all-female krump (street dance) performance
- Birds of Paradise Theatre Company's Purposeless Movements – examining disability and male machismo
- Breach Theatre: It's True, It's True, It's True
- Bryony Kimming's I'm A Phoenix, Bitch – Being a woman, a mother and exploring mental health
- Cade & MacAskill in association with Take Me Somewhere: Moot Moot
- China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz present Status written and performed by Chris Thorpe and directed by Rachel Chavkin
- Chisato Minamimura's Scored in Silence
- Keisha Thompson co-commissioned by Contact and STUN: Man on the Moon
- Colette Sadler's Learning from the Future
- Hackney Showroom presents Travis Alabanza's BURGERZ – A live art work dealing with a transphobic attack and the survival of trans bodies
- Javaad Alipoor's The Believers Are But Brothers – Performance using mobile app WhatsApp examining crisis in masculinity
- Karl Jay-Lewin and Matteo Fargion's Extremely Pedestrian
- Lost Dog Dance's Juliet and ROmeo
- Louise Orwin's Oh Yes Oh No
- Mr and Mrs Clark / Jonny Cotsen's Louder is Not Always Clearer – dance-based movement with deaf artist Jonny Cotsen investigating language and communication
- National Theatre of Scotland and Tim Crouch's Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation – Relationship between audience and actors (produced with the Royal Court Thetare, Attenborough Centre & Teatro do Bairro)
- National Theatre Wales's Cotton Fingers
- New Perspectives Theatre Company's The Fishermen
- Nikki & JD presented by Jacksons Lane: Knot
- Oona Doherty and Prime Cut Productions: Hard To Be Soft – A Belfast Prayer
- Ridiculusmus's Die! Die! Die! Old People Die!
- Scottish Dance Theatre's Ritualia – reinterpretation of Stravinsky and Nijinska's Les Noces tackling heriarchy, androgny and sex appeal
- Seeta Patel's Not Today's Yesterday – blending bharatanatyam, contemporary dance and theatre looking at societies tendency to rewrite others' histories (with Lina Limosani)
- Seke Chimutengwende & Alexandrina Hemsley's Black Holes
- Sue MacLaine Company's vessel
- ThisEgg in collaboration with Made My Wardrobe: dressed
- Tim Cowbury and Mark Maughan in association with James Quaife Productions: The Claim
Neil Webb, Director of Theatre and Dance, British Council says: "With so many barriers between countries in today's world, this is a positive chance to make real, long-lasting international connections. I can't wait to introduce the Edinburgh Showcase 2019 artists to our friends from overseas and see new artistic exchanges flourish."
Artists who have gone on to international success after Edinburgh Showcase 2017 include Theatre Re, which has toured in Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and the USA, and Selina Thompson who performed in Australia, Brazil, Canada and the USA. Selina Thompson says: "My career has gone from national to international, which has given us radical new possibilities for sustainability and collaboration. This also has caused us to really rethink who our work is for and what we want it to do in the world."
For more information, including how you can be involved in the Edinburgh Showcase 2019, click here.
ThisEgg in collaboration with Made My Wardrobe dressed / Image: Lidia Crisafulli