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Dance Horizon’s 5th Birthday and Launch Evening

Dance Horizon’s 5th Birthday and Launch Evening

The Cannon Gait, Edinburgh

Edinburgh based creative producer for dance, Dance Horizons have marked there 5th birthday with a special evening celebration held on Friday 8th November in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town. We at scotsgay arts were honoured to have been invited along to enjoy the evening.

Dance Horizons first emerged in 2013 when a small group of entrepreneurial dance graduates presented “Dance Horizons Industry Night”, this was an evening of dance development held in the North west of England in partnership with Dance UK which is now know as One Dance UK.

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The launch of the companies “Innovations, Contemporary dance platform” came in November 2014 and has gone on to the be the flagship event for the company and is now an annual feature of there work with editions being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and further afield around the UK.

As well as developing their own work in the dance art form they work as producer and co producer to bring some of the greatest emerging dance talent to the stage. 2019 has been a very busy year for the team at Horizon’s with Genesis– a double bill by Kennedy Muntanga Dance Theatre, London, Innovations Platform- presenting works by 8 artists/companies from the UK, Brittany & Spain. And Mastication- performance artwork by independent dance artist Paul Scott Bullen based in Northwest England all being part of Sold out Edinburgh Fringe run.

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2020 is promising to be equally busy with Innovations Spring 2020 coming on Friday 1st May 2020 to
The Studio at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh, this is an evening of four contemporary dance works including a matinee showing aimed at dance students in training. This will be followed by Innovations EdFringe Edition Building on this year’s successful run, Innovations have confirmed it will return for the third consecutive year to Greenside Venues and will be expanded to a two-week run. Also, as part of the overall Fringe 2020 programme Kennedy Muntanga Dance Theatre Will return to Edinburgh with a double bill performance as part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2020. Horizons will also welcome Sketch Dance Theatre London as part of EdFringe 2020 at the Greenside Venues. Sketch is an emerging company of graduate artists from Roehampton University currently touring across the South of the UK. 2020 will then be rounded out by Innovations Winter Edition 2020 which will return to The Studio of the Festival Theatre in November for another exciting platform of contemporary works.

Its Certainly been a busy year for the company with an even bigger year planned! And the evening celebrations were completed with the announcement of the Innovations awards, the Innovations 2019 Award went to Unearthed Dance Company for there production of ‘You, Me & Them’ presented at Innovations Spring 2019 @ The Studio. The Innovations 2019 EdFringe Award went to Fuelled Dance Theatre for their production of “y.O.u” at Innovations EdFringe 2019 Greenside Venues . The big award of the night the Innovations Development Award 2019 was awarded to Peter Twyman Dance For the development of “Emotions” through Innovations Platforms across 2019.

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We at Scotsgayarts also managed to sit down with Horizons Creative Director and Producer Oliver Anwyl as we asked him, what does next year ahead for the company mean to you? Oliver: “Next year is going to be such an exciting and action-packed year. Seeing these plans coming to fruition is rather overwhelming as we continue to expand. Being able to announce a year’s line up is something we hadn’t thought possible this time last year. It has not been an easy journey getting Dance Horizons to where it is now, and there are still obstacles to overcome. When I founded it, I was told by a lot of people it was a dead end, but five years later, here we are! I am so grateful to be supported by a group of incredible people who are as passionate about dance and its possibilities as I am.”

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Thanks to all at Dance Horizons for a wonderful evening and this is definitely a company to keep an eye on through out 2020 and the years ahead! Here’s to what the future brings!

Dance Horizons will present work in 2020 in The Studio at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh and During the Edinburgh Fringe at the Greenside Venues, please check respective Websites for ticket details. To follow the work of the company go to

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