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new territories 2005

February 2005 saw the return of new territories, Scotland’s annual international festival of live art with yet another exiting and diverse programme.

new territories Festival is produced by New Moves International, which was founded in 1988, as an annual nine-week season of international choreography under the name New Moves, by Nikki Milican, Artistic Director.

As the festival grew in stature and to reflect its growing international status the company changed its name in 1997 to New Moves International.

Catherine Diverres' dance company; Photo: Catherine Diverres The company celebrated the tenth year of New Moves in 1997 with a ‘decade of dance’ and renamed the festival in 1998 New Moves (new territories) to represent new developments in choreography and interdisciplinary, live art practises.

In 2000 New Moves International evolved their two festivals into one festival for new, inter-disciplinary work entitled new territories to be presented annually from mid February – March in Scotland.

The new territories festival is made up of several components:

new territories
an international premier programme where companies and independent artist from around the world are invited to present premiers of their work, which may not otherwise be seen in the UK.

Catherine Diverres' dance company; Photo: Catherine Diverres

NRLA – National Review of Live Art
A five-day event bringing together new and established artists across all disciplines and cultures. The event is widely recognised as providing an overview of current trends and developments in the complex world of live art.

Elevator –
The emergent artist programme at NRLA.

Winter School –
A series of professional development course aimed at artists working in ‘Live Art’ or related disciplines.

2005 Programme

new territories

Tramway played host to all other new territories events in 2005 with the eagerly awaited Scottish debut of Meredith Monk. This composer, singer, director/choreographer, creator of new opera, musical theatre works, films and installations promises to delight festival audiences with her Ensembles' first ever performance in Scotland.

Three big names in the field of contemporary performance theatre including Chicago-based collaborative performance company Goat Island returned with a festival-commissioned work. Raimund Hoghe and Josef Nadj proved yet again that Glasgow hosts one of Europe's foremost international festivals.

A huge coup for new territories was Catherine Diverres, one of the most innovative forces on the European dance scene. Diverres made her UK debut with 'Echo' in celebration of her extensive body of work over 20 years. This was part of a very special week of dance at Tramway, which also included performances by Cie Michele Noiret and Sylvian Emard. Catherine Diverres' dance company; Photo: Catherine Diverres

National Review of Live Art

Glasgow's annual platform for cutting edge performance art, The National Review of Live Art, which has been incorporated into new territories for a number of years, returned to The Arches with a new programme.  It included work by body artists Kira O'Reilly and Franko B; dance fusion from Ipek Ipekcioglu (aka DJ Ipek) from Berlin and Chandrasekaran from Singapore exploring the connections between architecture and the human body.

Winter School 2005

New moves continued its successful initiative in aiding professional skills development, with a third Winter School programme, a series of courses led by internationally acclaimed practitioners, emergent artists or students in tertiary education.

Interested in live art?
* Live Art Development Agency
* Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
* Dance Umbrella
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