ABOUT THE PROJECT
‘Where are you, Dundee?’ is a collective artwork created for and by the people of Dundee, engaging with our audiences and communities across the city and encouraging them to connect and share creative experiences at this challenging time.
The project has been developed in response to the social disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and aims to reach people throughout the city and further afield, encouraging them to tell their story, connect with others and share their experiences, offering support and encouragement to those who need it most, as people adjust to new restrictions and the difficult realities caused by COVID-19.
The project is led by new Associate Directors, Jess Thorpe, and Tashi Gore, Artistic Director (Dundee Rep) Andrew Panton, and Artistic Director (Scottish Dance Theatre) Joan Clevillé and of course, the people of Dundee. Jess Thorpe and Tashi Gore, have recently joined the Organisation as new Associate Directors (Engage) and will lead the development of Engagement, Participation and Creative Learning for the Organisation, joining artistic forces with Andrew Panton and Joan Clevillé to lead a programme of dance and theatre engagement in the city and further afield.
Building community through shared experiences is at the heart of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre’s mission. The Organisation has an extensive engagement programme working with people both within the building and in formal and informal learning contexts across Scotland and through this project we look to reach out to communities here in Dundee, at a time when it is needed most, hoping that as many people here in the city can get involved, giving voices to the people in Dundee.
About Dundee Rep
and Scottish Dance Theatre
The story of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre is one of its people: its artists, creatives, staff, participants and audiences.
Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre sits at the cultural heart of Dundee as a centre of creative excellence. The Organisation looks outwards, creating and delivering work for a local, national and international audiences, with learning at the heart. “The Rep” recently celebrated its 80th anniversary and is home to the Dundee Rep Ensemble, the only permanent full-time company of its kind in Scotland. Scottish Dance Theatre, Scotland’s principal contemporary dance company, continues to pioneer new ways to create and distribute dance across all scales.
Together these twin ensembles have created a number of award-winning productions, made in Dundee that tour nationally and internationally, including the world premiere of Let the Right One In, The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black, Black Oil, the Scottish premiere of August: Osage County, and most recently Oor Wullie; establishing a reputation as one of the UK’s leaders in theatre and dance production, carrying the Dundee brand far and wide.
Scottish Dance Theatre is fast becoming one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in Europe and now has had an estimated audience of over 300,000 in 25 countries worldwide. The company is a research engine for dance and commissions the most exciting choreographers to make and bring original and exclusive works to Scotland and the world. The company is made up of an international team of dancers and staff who live and work in Dundee and tour extensively.
At the heart of the Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre vision is the belief that artistic and creative experience of the highest quality should be open and available to all. The Organisation has an extensive engagement programme working with people of all ages both within the building and in formal and informal learning contexts across Scotland and internationally.
Over the course of eight decades, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre has been at the heart of performance in Scotland, and grown into a world-class organisation, with two artistic forces based in Dundee, travelling to and reaching the rest of the world.
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Frequently asked questions
Who can take part?
Where are you Dundee? is a project specifically designed to bring our community together and therefore it is accessible and open to everyone. You have to be 13 or over to upload footage to the site but if you are younger you can still join in. You just need to make sure you ask your parent or carer to register your submission for you.
Why Can't I see my submission?
If you submit a video or photograph as part of one of our tasks then it goes into a holding area for moderation. One of our team then approve it for publishing before it goes live for everyone to see. This just gives us the opportunity to make sure all content is appropriate and suitable for audiences of all ages.
What will happen to my content?
Any contributions you make to the project become part of our ongoing artwork and help to create an ongoing tapestry of memories, experiences and everyday moments in the place we call home and of the people that we love. After moderation your content will appear on the website for everyone to enjoy. On occasion we will share some of the brilliant work we’ve collected in other ways – through our social media channels, newspaper or in documentation of the project.
What if I don't live in Dundee?
This project began in Dundee as that is where we are based but we are really keen to engage with as many people as we can. Everyone is welcome to take part and we can’t wait to hear from you!