Rough Mix
Rough Mix

Dance Base, Edinburgh: December 2006

The first Rough Mix ran at Dance Base, Scotland's National Centre for Dance in Edinburgh. The core artists were:

  • Nicholas Bone – Director
  • Clare Duffy – Playwright
  • David Fennessy – Composer
  • Ronan O'Donnell – Playwright
  • Sans façon (Tristan Surtees & Charles Blanc) - Visual Artists
  • Marisa Zanotti - Choreographer & Filmmaker

the emerging artists were:

  • Deb Jones - playwright
  • Rosalind Masson - choreographer

and the performers were:

  • Ewan Donald
  • Pauline Lockhart
  • Nico Major
  • Kirstin Murray
  • Keith Macpherson.

The projects developed were:

  • Walden (Nicholas Bone) – an exploration of approaches to dramatising Thoreau’s book about the two years he spent living in the woods. Walden was developed into a full production which was first produced in 2008 and then toured in 2009.
  • You Had To Be There (Clare Duffy) – used the local area (Grassmarket) as a starting point for the development of a series of vignettes in different styles. The project was developed further as Local Reality Expo and was presented at CCA, Glasgow in May 2008.
  • A Study In Three Parts (David Fennessy) – a moment of interruption explored with an actor, a drum kit and feedback. The idea was developed further into Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside) which was premiered by Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt in May 2007
  • Carrot (Ronan O’Donnell) – inspired by the story of Jeannie, a child kept in complete isolation for several years by her parents.
  • Untitled (Sans façon) – an “unseen” performance within the Dance Base building. The ideas explored developed into Odd Sympathies, a collaboration with composer John Metcalfe presented as part of Artes Mundi in Cardiff in May 2008.
  • Edges (Marisa Zanotti) – projected video, 2 chairs, 4 performers and a series of instructions.

During the course of the two weeks we kept a Rough Mix blog which is still available to read.