News: New Dance Category in Total Theatre Awards

Tuesday 25 August 2015 by Clare Evans

Total Theatre Award Nominee Gandini Juggling - 4 x 4 Ephemeral Architecture. 
Photo: Bettina Strenske

Since 1997, the Total Theatre Awards have been recognising innovative and artist-led performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. For the first time this year, Dance will be recognised in a new category supported by The Place. The inclusion of an award for dance marks the Total Theatre Awards’ ongoing commitment to recognising independent artists working across all disciplines at the Fringe and follows last year’s inclusion of a new category for circus.

Speaking about the new award for dance Eddie Nixon, Director Theatre & Artist Development at The Place said ‘There are lots of great, bold dance shows in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and thousands of people there to see them. There are shows that deserve to be talked about and in joining forces with Total Theatre to sponsor this new award The Place is hoping to fuel the conversation amongst the audience and the critics about what makes a unforgettable piece of dance performance.’

Following the shortlisting process, the judging panel will announce their decisions at an awards ceremony on Friday 28 August. The Dance and Physical Theatre nominees are:

Physical / Visual Theatre

4×4 Ephemeral Architectures (England)
Gandini Juggling
(Assembly George Square Theatre)

Antiwords (Czech Republic)
Spitfire Company in association with Aurora Nova

Douglas (Scotland)
Robbie Synge

Grandad and Me (Scotland)
The Letter J

Oog (England)
Al Seed
(Dance Base)

Underneath (Ireland)
Fishamble: The New Play Company
(Dance Base)

Total Theatre & The Place Award for Dance

Boys Who Like to Plays With Dolls (Czech Republic)
Tereza Ondrová and Peter Šavel, ALT@RT
(Dance Base)

Correction (Czech Republic) *VerTeDance/Jirí Havelka/Clarinet Factory*h6. Your title here…

Give Me a Reason to Live (Scotland)
Claire Cunningham
(Dance Base)

Idiot-Syncrasy (England)
The Place presents: Igor and Moreno

Vertical Influences (Canada)
Le Patin Libre

Full list of awards available at

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