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Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 6:50am

Reserve complimentary tickets



If you or anyone you know will be in Scotland this week, please come see Booking Dance Festival Edinburgh 2013 at Venue 150 at the EICC. Our Festival Showcase features several dance companies from the USA - and one special guest! -  that are ready to tour!

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the Fall Conferences! I will be at WAA in Booth 318 and at MAC in Booth 322 so please stop by.

In the meantime, it is gorgeous over on this side of "the pond" so I recommend you consider coming over! And please let me know if you are in Scotland.

Please reserve complimentary tickets by emailing us at  bookingdancefestival@gmail.com or phone our UK Associate Producer Lynsey Cullen in the UK: (011-44) 0-7515-675-629. Make sure to say hello at our press table.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kind Regards,

Jodi Kaplan


Contemporary Dance from America Returns to the Edinburgh Fringe at
Booking DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh 2013
5th Annual

Wednesday, August 14 – Sunday, August 18
2:15pm Festival Showcase

Saturday, August 17 - Sunday August 18
4:15pm Split Bill

***** Five Stars from Three Weeks & Broadway Baby

"Whether you're a contemporary dance fiend or one of the uninitiated wanting to take a chance, this production is perfect for the Edinburgh Fringe lover." - Three Weeks
Educational Outreach Day
Thursday, August 15
1pm - 4:30pm
Panel discussion 1:15- 1:45pm
Festival Showcase Performance 2:15 pm
Artist Meet and Greet 4-4:30 pm
Venue 150 at EICC (Edinburgh International Conference Centre)

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Jodi Kaplan / Booking Dance prepares to celebrate their 5th anniversary as the first dance festival within a festival at the Edinburgh Fringe again this August. Presenting several dynamic dance companies from America in one show – with one very special surprise guest artist - this year’s program is sure to captivate audiences as an ongoing festival favourite. This one-week festival features a diverse range of top dance artists from America! 
Great for audiences of all ages, the Festival Showcase is the perfect choice for both dance lovers and first-time dance attendees. Seeing seven different dance companies perform in a showcase format, where each company performs for 5-15 minutes, is ideal to introduce audiences to this vibrant art form while giving dance aficionados their fill of great dance. In addition to the Festival Showcase, there will be a Split Bill featuring top dance companies from the USA in extended performances.
The BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh 2013, produced by Jodi Kaplan gives the opportunity for the majority of these companies to perform for their first time in Scotland, while gaining amazing exposure from the Fringe, the largest open arts festival in the world!
The U.S. companies have an incredible range of styles and are representative of the finest of the American contemporary dance scene. This year’s festival presents U.S. dance companies from New York City, Phoenix, and Chicago, with an additional surprise guest company!

The “festival within a festival” will take place at Venue 150 @ EICC, 150 Morrison Street in the West End. This leading venue is renowned for its popular sold-out shows, and the beautiful space positions dance in the best possible setting.
Modern and contemporary dance is relatively limited in Scotland. Booking DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh 2013 will introduce the newest companies of the American-born art form to the Scottish art community within the Fringe setting. The BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh 2013 will show Scottish art lovers and international audiences the best the USA has to offer in dance today! Each year we bring a completely different program and group of artists and 2013 will prove to be spectacular on every level - including aerial dance too!
A unique feature of BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh 2013 is outreach. This year Booking Dance is offering an Educational Outreach Day including a pre-performance Panel Discussion with the producer and company artistic directors as well as a post-performance artist question and answer session. Group rates and free entry available for those schools in need.

Programme Details

Festival Showcase
Wed, Aug 14- Sun, Aug 18, 2013
2:15 pm daily

A five-star dance festival within a festival! Extraordinary, captivating dance performed by awe-inspiring companies from the USA. From aerial to jazz to American great Bob Fosse! Be moved! Bite-sized festival format. 

Perfect for the Edinburgh Fringe Lover!” - Three Weeks.
BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance (New York City)
Dzul Dance (New York City)
Jessica Miller Tomlinson (Chicago, Illinois)
Metamorphoses (Mozambique, Africa)
Scorpius Dance Theatre (Phoenix, Arizona)
Synthesis Dance Project (New York City)
Thodos Dance Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

Split Bill
Sat, Aug 17 – Sun, Aug 18, 2013
4:15pm daily


Exquisite, enticing, exhilarating dance from top USA companies. Synthesis Dance Project features groundbreaking jazz dance choreographed by internationally renowned Tracie Stanfield, BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance performs imaginary and comedic contemporary dance to live music, while Dzul Dance features another mesmerizing solo worthy of the gods!
BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance (New York City)
Dzul Dance (New York City)
Synthesis Dance Project (New York City)

The featured dance companies include:
BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance (New York City) 

BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance is a contemporary dance company that communicates universal human encounters through dynamic, purposeful movement. They value international exchange; speaking nine languages and researching, performing, and collaborating with artists from four continents. They work via in-depth collaborations with artists across several mediums.
Dzul Dance (New York City) 

Dzul Dance fuses dance with aerial arts, contortion and acrobatics with the purpose of communicating indigenous pre-Hispanic and Mexican culture. This daring and unique company connects the ancient and the modern in order to illuminate the vast array of drama and beauty inherent to the natural world and the human condition. Artistic Director Javier Dzul and his culturally diverse company of dancers and aerialists have been presented throughout New York and Mexico and in South America, Europe, Canada, Asia and the Virgin Islands.
Jessica Miller Tomlinson (Chicago, Illinois) http://www.jessicamillertomlinson.com/
Jessica Miller Tomlinson (JMT) Choreography has been creating award winning work over the past ten years. As a choreographer, Jessica has made it a personal goal to challenge herself to create a body of work that is recognizable as her own but also varies in style, range of perspective and that shows versatility as an artist. Jessica Miller Tomlinson (JMT) Choreography has been presented at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Joyce SoHo in NYC, The Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago, as well as at numerous venues nationwide. "Tomlinson's gifts indeed include a stylistic variety and a sharp sense of entertainment."--Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
Metamorphoses (Mozambique, Africa)

Metamorphoses is a piece based on four Latin dances, samba, cha cha cha, rumba and paso doble. It is a fusion of Latin dances with the traditional dances and African rhythms. This mixture of seduction, passion, strength and tradition arouses the curiosity of those who watch and takes them on a long journey through ancient African culture.
Scorpius Dance Theatre (Phoenix, Arizona) 

Scorpius Dance Theatre was formed in 1999 by choreographer, Lisa Starry. This contemporary and aerial dance company has been a constant presence in the metropolitan Phoenix arts community since its inception, combining the motifs of humor, drama, and both organic and technical movement to form a very distinct brand of dance theater.
Synthesis Dance Project (New York City) 
Artistic Director Tracie Stanfield has selected strong, vigorously trained, articulate dance artists to create a company that strikes a perfect balance. Synthesis Dance Project celebrates athletic ability, technical precision and passionate performances. Firmly grounded in classical technique and pulling from all styles of movement, the company strives to challenge the boundaries of any singular dance genre. “be prepared to be blown out of your seat..” - Geoffrey Doig-Marx, Artistic Director of The Elan Awards
Thodos Dance Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) http://www.thodosdancechicago.org/
“Breathtakingly athletic,” “powerfully beautiful,” performing “vibrant choreography” are among the many critical accolades that Thodos Dance Chicago (TDC) has received.  This ensemble of well-rounded artists who teach, choreograph, and perform brings contemporary dance to a wider audience with an appealing style incorporating a variety of dance forms created and performed with an innovative flair.  The Company’s highly unique mission of inspiring expression through dance education, dance creation, and dance performance has established Thodos Dance Chicago as an innovative presence in American contemporary dance.

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