ARCHIVE - The Gadfly Project

The Gadfly Project premiered as part of Go Dance 2014 at Theatre Royal, Glasgow in June 2014 and was also performed in August 2014,  at the Get Scotland Dancing Stage, in Merchant Square as part of Merchant City Festival. 

6 dance companies | 72 dancers | 55 musicians | 7 choreographers | 1 vision

Photography Credit: Ian Watson

Building on the success The Making Music Overture at The Merchant City Festival in 2012, Dance House Glasgow and Helensburgh Orchestral Society once again joined forces to deliver The Gadfly Project, a large-scale performance of dance with live musical accompaniment. Produced by Dance House Glasgow and part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, The Gadfly Project celebrates Get Scotland Dancing and saw community dance groups from across Glasgow take to the stage of The Theatre Royal on the opening night of Go Dance 14. Set to the breathtaking score of The Gadfly Suite by Dmitri Shostakovitch, choregraphers were invited to respond to an overarching theme of revolution and the human capacity to galvanise and rise against injustice.



Participating Performance Groups:

Dance House Community Company
- Choreographed by Alan Greig
Founded in 2011 for non-professional contemporary dancers in Glasgow. Each term, the ensemble works with a professional choreographer to develop new work for performance.  Dance House Community Company has performed at Merchant City Festival for the past two years.
Dance House Community Company webpage. Photographer: Alan Greig


Dance House Community Company - Alex McCabe
- Choreographed by Steinvor Palsson
Alex is part of the Dance House Community Company, and is currently on the Dancer's Emerging Bursary Scheem at Dance Base, Edinburgh. He has previously performed at Dance Live, Aberdeen, and Merchant City Festival, Glasgow. Photographer: Andy Byars



Glasgow Youth Dance Company (GYDC)
- Choreographed by Rob Heaslip
Founded in partnership with YDance in 2013, Glasgow Youth Dance Company is a contemporary dance company of the highest quality for 14 – 18 year olds. Aiming to inspire, develop and broaden the horizons of Scotland’s young dancers, the opportunity to become a member of the GYDC is open to all talented young people. GYDC will perform at the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival this summer.
GYDC webpage. Photographer: Ruth Daly



Helensburgh Orchestral Society
- Conductor: Robert Baxter

Helensburgh Orchestral Society is an established amateur orchestra that has been in existence for over fifty five years. It was started to allow local amateur musicians to play together, putting on regular concerts for the local community. Its repertoire ranges from classical to modern under the musical direction of Robert Baxter. Helensburgh Orchestral Society website.



Scottish Ballet Youth Collective 3 (SBYC3)
- Choreographed by Anna Kenrick (Artist Director of YDance)
A performance company for talented dancers aged 15-21, working with professional choreograhers to develop their ballet and contemporary technique, and work towards exciting performance opportunities. The company rehearse weekly in a professional environment at Scottish Ballet's purpose built headquarters at Tramway, Glasgow. Scottish Ballet website.


- Choreographed by Cheryl McChesney
Scotland's leading Inclusive Dance Company, offering creative movement classes to people with diverse abilities, their carers, family members and volunteers.  The company performs work of high artistic quality created in collaboration with professional choreographers and dancers, enabling individuals with diverse abilities to participate in and benefit fully from a high quality arts provision. Indepen-dance website. Photographer: Brian Hartley


Indepen-dance 4
- Choreographed by Marc Brew.
Indepen-dance 4 are new inclusive ensemble which consits of Hayley Earlam, Adam Sloan, Neil Price, and Kelly McCartney. Chosen for their beautiful performance skills, they have been working together with Indepen-dance over the past few years to develop this small, tight inclusive group, achieving a high performance standard, with vibrant characters and engaging story-lines. Indepen-dance website. Photographer: Brian Hartley


Still Dancing
- Choreographed by Gemma Williams

Still Dancing is our performance company of older dancers, founded in 2010. Still Dancing gives dancers a chance to fulfil creative needs, form new friendships, and exercise both their body and mind. The group has performed at the Merchant City Festival, World Congress for Active Ageing, Luminate, Go Dance and more. Still Dancing webpage. Photographer: Ciorstaidh Monk


Costume Design by Hazel Blue assisted by Graham Burn


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