Scottish Dance Theatre


Based in Dundee, Scottish Dance Theatre (SDT) is Scotland’s national contemporary dance company, led by Artistic Director Joan Clevillé. SDT commissions choreographers from all over the world to make bold new works for its strong ensemble of outstanding dancers. The company collaborates with artists in the fields of music, design and the visual arts and has carries out substantial audience development and educational work. Recent international tours include the USA, China, India and many European countries.

RITUALIA is a commission from Scottish choreographer Colette Sadler. It reimagines Les Noces, the classic modern ballet composed by Igor Stravinsky and choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska in 1923. The original has been seen as a feminist landmark of its time for its portrayal of marriage and female duty. Sadler’s version revisits this theme for our times, transforming the gender roles by introducing the idea of androgyny. With powerful design and striking visual stage poetry, the piece takes inspiration from postmodern fashion aesthetics.

Sadler’s own work, Learning from the Future, also features in Edinburgh Showcase 2019.

RITUALIA is in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In the press

"An utterly absorbing, undeniably fresh vision of the future" The Scotsman

"A visually striking, astutely clever, witty addition to their repertoire" The Herald

Production details

  • Choreographer

    Colette Sadler
  • Designer

    Lighting Designer: Samuli Laine, Costume Designer: Rike Zöllner
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

    17 (6 company management on the road)
  • Freight


    Option of travelling as excess baggage. Information available on request

  • Touring Availability

    From Autumn 2019 to Autumn 2021
  • Scale of venue

    Middle-scale (capacity 400-850)
  • Minimum performance space

    9m x 9m
  • Text-based

    Light (very little or no text)

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    ZOO Southside, The Main House,117 Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9ER
  • Production dates

    19–24 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    30 MINS
  • Audience capacity




PERFORMANCE WORK The company offers high-quality audience development through pre- and post-show talks and bespoke presentations of excerpts of current work. The company tours throughout Scotland and the UK, and has an increasing international reputation with recent tours to China, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea, India and mainland Europe, where we have delivered a wide variety of accompanying educational programmes and workshops.

TEACHING WORK Scottish Dance Theatre dancers are known for being exceptionally talented, personable and approachable. The dancers are also highly accomplished teachers, offering insight into developing creativity in dance and offering choreographic contributions – much needed skills in the works of today’s dance companies. In addition to working with aspiring young dancers, the company is experienced in leading dance workshops with specialist tance Teachers, non specialist teachers, children and adults with additional support needs (intellectual and/or physical), and under 5s with their adults. The company also has experience in attracting participation by people who don’t usually access dance activities, leading to a greater appreciation of the effectiveness in the arts in empowering and enhancing self-awareness. Most recently, we led a successful technical theatre workshop as part of ‘Backstage to the Future’ alongside our production of Miann in Brazil, all of which was supported by the British Council. Teaching programmes are always tailored to match the requirements of participant groups and linked to current performances.

SAMPLE COURSE METHODOLOGY During a six-day education and training programme, Scottish Dance Theatre will lead daily technique workshops of 1.5 – 2 hrs followed by a variety of break-out sessions. Our dancers will teach sessions focused on building skills in improvisation, choreography, partner and group work, and other areas. All workshops and training sessions will be tailored to the best suit the needs of the chosen participants – both in content and duration – and will fully accommodate anyone with access requirements and/or disabilities. Breakout sessions may be comprised of 2-3 groups of 10 people or less, and will allow maximum flexibility for participants to get the most out of the programme with regards to individual interests, skills, and ability. Each day will conclude with cool downs and include a short discussion to enable self- and peer-reflection. Log book and journal note taking is encouraged at all stages. Participants will be encouraged to attend the public performances of Scottish Dance Theatre and will be given a unique chance to discuss the choreography and creation process with the dancers, rehearsal director and choreographer the following day. The programme will conclude with an informal sharing by the participants of what they’ve learned for a small invited audience of their family and friends.

Additional productions

The Circle by Emanuel Gat, to premiere May 2019, running time approx 30 minutes. The Circle emerges as a piece that tells the story of 12 individuals. Focusing on the dancers' acute relationship with each other, its shifting, alternating energies create an intimate visual and emotional performance.

Looping: Scotland Overdub collaboration with 7OITO, premiered 2018, running time 55 minutes. A Brazilian street festival inspired ceilidh, re-imagined from the hit show Looping: Bahia Overdub by Felipe de Assis, Leonardo França and Rita Aquino (7OITO) with a distinctively Scottish edge. With words by acclaimed writer Kieran Hurley, featuring music from Optimo and Mahal Pita, costumes by Alison Brown and Timorous Beasties, Looping: Scotland Overdub celebrates the cultures and heritages of Brazil and Scotland in a political dance party.
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/327318054
More info: www.scottishdancetheatre.com/productions/looping-scotland-overdub

TuTuMucky by Botis Seva, premiered February 2017, running time 35 minutes.Powerful and complex, TuTuMucky explores how we’re shaped by the world around us, searches for peace in chaos, and celebrates revolt against the regiments of modern daily life. Blurring the boundaries between ballet, contemporary and hip hop technique, TuTuMucky challenges traditional convention to offer a distinctively innovative form of dance. A fresh, rhythmic, and explosive journey to places both familiar and strange, set to an original musical backdrop by beat producer Torben Lars Sylvest.
“A score that powers through your veins” The List
Trailer: www.vimeo.com/206407373
More info: www.scottishdancetheatre.com/productions/tutumucky

Process Day by Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar, premiered February 2016, running time 42 minutes. A sensory experience transforming dancers into sleek, androgynous, nocturnal beings guided through shadows by a futuristic techno soundtrack. Pulsating movements capture the universal drive of striving for fulfilment and release. This darkly delightful combination of cutting-edge choreography and club culture leaves you feeling its grip long after the piece is over.
“Your imagination tingles: this is bold, breath-taking stuff” The Herald
Trailer: www.vimeo.com/162049774
More info: www.scottishdancetheatre.com/productions/process-day-2