Photo by Doug Dougan
Photo by Doug Dougan





An informal regular meeting for practitioners working

 with dance and movement in Scotland to meet, eat,

connect and affect relevant change in the sector.



Let's keep it simple!!

Photo by See Imagine Define
Photo by See Imagine Define



in partnership with Citymoves Dance Agency and Look Again Festival

Saturday 29th April 2017

The Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

  • 12.30pm - 2.30pm Workshop with Saffy Setohy                                                                     'The intersection of dance and visual art'
  •  2.30pm - 3.00pm Break
  •  3.00pm - 5.30pm Face To Face                                                                    'How can culture have a role and voice in the North East?'
  •  6.00pm - 7.00pm City Moves Logo Launch
  •  7.00pm - 8.00pm PERFORMANCE


 Travel Bursaries are Available*

Free Performance Tickets

Want to host a meeting in your area? 


How will culture shape the future of the North East?



Tailored for Look Again Festival in partnership with City Moves Dance Agency as they mark the beginning of a new chapter through the relaunch their website and logo this meeting will specifically explore how movement and art can interact to shape everyday life in the North East and the systems we need to make this happen.


From exploring the distinct sub-cultures of the North East to Aberdeen's regeneration initiatives or comparing the broad festival programme to ways in which local talent is sustained whilst fostering international collaboration, we invite you to contribute your experiences, ideas and aspirations for the areas future.

Joining us will be an experienced panel of artists, organisations and decision makers who are interested looking at the resources the North East has to offer and how we combine these to become a visionary Creative Lab for Scotland.

Travel bursaries are available for those who live more than 30 Miles from the meeting, please see below.



Saffy Setohy will facilitate a series of investigations, tasks and exercises drawing on the processes developed in making her current performance work Hidden Architectures, a collaboration with sound artist/composer Jan Hendrickse. We will explore ideas around engaging with materials, scoring, working with limitation, and listening through our bodies. 



The workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in movement practice, no formal dance training is necessary.


Glasgow-based Saffy Setohy works across choreography, performance, participatory work and movement direction.  Trained at Laban, Saffy graduated in 2007.   She has worked as a performer with choreographers including Henrietta Hale, Matthias Sperling, Angela Praed, Willi Dorner, and performed in the restaging of Yvonne Rainers’ seminal post-modern work Trio A for Move: Choreographing You at the Hayward Gallery.   She has made various collaborative installation, outdoor, sited, stage and screen works for rural and urban contexts, commissioned and presented in the UK and internationally.  Although varied in form and subject matter, there is a common approach in her work which is based around a relational, interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to making.  Recently Saffy was awarded the choreographer bursary by Saltire Society and Scottish Dance Theatre. In 2015-2016, Saffy was selected to participate in the Dance Artist/Curator Mentorship Scheme, supported by Siobhan Davies Dance.





We are delighted to join Citymoves to celebrate the launch of a new direction as they embark on a new future as an independent Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) under the leadership of Steve Slater, marked by the launch of their new website and logo.


Please join us for drinks as we toast a bright new future for Citymoves.


Please RSVP to 





Cloud Mushrooms Louise Ahl and Fritz Welsh


Cloud Mushrooms is a modular performance structure that develops in response to the site, content and audience. In the various versions of the piece Ultimate Dancer and Fritz Welch will run loose through a shadow at night; pull up all the floorboards and sift through the dust underneath; exhale hopelessness until utter depletion; imitate thunderclaps with even louder repercussions; shutter at the thought of your tears and stand on each other’s shoulders while consulting history. They will take clues from flowers and plants to transcribe into Morse code for heartbeats. They will dance like snakes on a legless sunrise. And they will transmute awfulness from the evilest ills.


Cloud Mushrooms is a performance developed and presented as part of Arches Live and further developed through a commission from Take Me Somewhere Festival.


Should you be unable to attend the meeting but would like to contribute to the discussion please send any further questions to




For those who consider themselves to be working with dance or movement in a professional context within Scotland: particularly those who make and tour work, research creative process and those who use their professional practice to effect social change.  Including but not limited to dancers, artists, independent producers, musicians, facilitators and critics.




Exactly what is says it is! An opportunity to get 'face to face' with other practitioners.  A limited agenda will be set but individuals will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and propose the direction of the discussion.  Meetings will not have a targeted outcome but may act as an opportunity to identify actions that could be taken to develop the sector and ensure the voice of independent artists is heard nationwide.  Sessions can also just be about having the chance to catch up with peers.


Meetings will be scheduled around a performance/ sharing/ workshop/ event from an independent Scottish artist which the network members can choose to attend; further supporting the overall ecology of dance in Scotland and creating greater opportunity to engage with the work of others.




A different location every meeting ensuring equal access across Scotland.  Any artist can offer to host a meeting in their locality and will be supported to do so to encourage the development of nationwide connections. Travel bursaries will be provided to help tackle the consideration of cost for independent artists and small-scale companies.




Quarterly when possible: dates to be confirmed throughout 2017.




It's nice to see each other! 

The most interesting conversations aren't forced upon us but unfold through creating space for dialogue.  

Artists connecting better connects the diverse and brilliant Scottish sector.

Food is a natural gathering point.



CULTURED MONGREL:  As an initiative started by Cultured Mongrel, the company is dedicated to securing funds for travel bursaries, performance tickets and refreshments whilst supporting the basic administration and publicity of the meeting.

However, the hosting artist will make specific meeting decisions and all actions taken will be by decision of the network, within the remit of Face To Face.  We are eager to hear from all artists interested in supporting the network.


With initial research and meetings being supported by Unltd's Spark Awards we are delighted to announce that there are travel bursaries in place for individuals living more than 30 miles from any Face to Face meeting.  Should the cost of travel be a key factor in not attending Face to Face please email, outlining your costs.  We would ask people to consider car share and cost effective methods of travel to ensure as many practitioners as possible can benefit from the support on offer.  Costs will be reimbursed at the meeting itself, in cash or cheque if preferred.


Please note that Fictional Matters, a weekend of events curated by Colette Sadler, bringing together both Scottish and International artists working within and across film, music, performance and visual arts runs at the CCA throughout the weekend.  Should you wish to use your travel bursary to allow time to visit this please just let us know.



The first ten practitioners registered for the meeting will receive free tickets to see mysterskin Brocade and Joan Clevillé Dance Plan B for Utopia, paid for by Face To Face.  For additional network attendees, both performances are offered at a discounted rate of £12.  Participants interested in this must have purchased by Monday 28th November to receive the offer.  Please contact for information.

Please note that free ticket allowances will be prioritised for those attending both performances. 


The Work Room will organise child care for the afternoon event.

Anyone interested in this should contact Sara



Face to Face is not looking to replace or compete with any of the other great opportunities for connection already on offer across Scotland but to connect practitioners informally nationwide.  Please check out the great networks and agencies below, if your network is not listed please get in touch.  If you would like to host Face to Face in conjunction with one of your events please email or come along to a meeting and let us know!