Festival of Contemporary Dance and Performance

From across the globe to just down the road, RISE presents a diverse and uncompromising programme of contemporary dance.

This year, the programme has a strong international focus, with the delightful Bon 4 Bon by Taiwan’s Chang Dance Theatre, the clever multi-artform humour of Montreal’s Mandoline Hybride, and the beauty of the Scotland-Quebec dance film collaboration of Katrina McPherson and Harold Rheaume.

The programme centres upon themes of landscape, dance for the screen, the every day and relationships. Some of the works have a tangible narrative, such as the fine articulacy of These Hands; some revolve around thematic content, such as Julie and Robbie’s low tech and often humorous approach to disabled access challenges; and some are simply hypnotic and alluring, such as Screensaver Series by Janine Harrington.

Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or first-time theatregoer, we invite you to see something different at Rise 2019. Why not join us in the Festival Bar to chat with the artists and tell us what you think?

Festival programme

Friday 3 May

11.00-16.00 FST Dance Forum Meeting

19.00 ‘Singeries’ – Mandoline Hybride
A clever and humorous piece about two performers trapped in a puzzling on-screen/off-screen world.

20.45 ‘Bon 4 Bon’ – Chang Dance Theatre
The heart-warming story of four brothers and their mangoes growing up together in urban Taiwan.

Saturday 4 May

11.00 Adult dance class
Led by Catherine from Mandoline Hybride. Professional level.

14.00 Youth Dance class
Dance class for young people age 11+ led by the four performers from Chang Dance Theatre.

14.45 ‘Passing Through’ – Julie Cleves & Robbie Synge
A tender portrait of a friendship and the duo’s low tech, often humorous approach to disabled access challenges.

16.00 ‘Paysages Mixte’ & ‘Dix Commandments’ – Katrina McPherson & Harold Rheaume
Translated as ‘Mixed Landscapes’ this collaboration by leading Scottish dance film maker, Katrina McPherson, and Québécois choreographer, Harold Rhéaume, explores evocative rural and urban places.  In ‘Dix Commandements’ artists from different backgrounds explore morality in the 21st century.

19.00 ‘These Hands’ & ‘Ritual Echoes’ – Crystal Zillwood DOUBLE BILL with Dance North Youth
Crystal’s family have farmed for many generations; their voices accompany this stunning celebration of working on the land and with machines.  Ritual Echoes is a beautiful exploration of the different forms of religious practice and devotion and what they have in common.

Talented young people from across Moray open Saturday night’s programme with a new piece based on play and childhood games, choreographed by the group and Crystal Zillwood.

20.45 ‘Screensaver Series’ – Janine Harrington
A slowly moving human sculpture; get up and walk around this mesmerising kaleidoscope of movement.

Sunday 5 May

11.00 Wee Dancers and their favourite adults
Dance class for ages 0-5 in the Sunshine Room

12.00 ‘Into the Mountain’ – Simone Kenyon
FREE talk about her new place-sensitive performance, inspired by the Cairngorms and the lyrical prose of Nan Shepherd.

14.00 ‘Bon 4 Bon’ – Chang Dance Theatre
The heart-warming story of four brothers and their mangoes growing up together in urban Taiwan.

15.00 ‘Extremely Pedestrian Chorales’ – Karl Jay-Lewin & Matteo Fargion
Presenting commonplace experiences and pedestrian movement as an act of beauty, meaning and gentle comedy. Bach by popular demand, an irreverent mix of wigs, walking and kazoos.

16.00 ‘The Human Clock’ – Janine Harrington
How’s your timekeeping? This human-size digital clock is a brilliantly pointless and playful timekeeping game

Where and When

3, 4 & 5 May 2019
Universal Hall, Findhorn

Universal Hall


£10 (£6 under 26s)


Film Graeme Roger and Mike Webster