Space in September

Our annual invitation to local artists and makers to connect with us and each other during a loosely held week of conversation and reflection, individual and shared practice, as we slowly emerge back into the world from lockdown. There will be a range of ways to engage and participate in activities, from informal walks on the beach through to facilitated conversations. By necessity, the structure and content will adapt and respond to Covid-19 related restrictions and safety requirements. As such, the number of people physically present at any one time will be limited.

Thinking Through Practice – ‘What Happens in These Wakes’:

Facilitated by maker, curator, poet, queer, Luke Pell, the event will provide you with an opportunity to think through practice, focusing on ‘the how, the way, the why’, hosting a variety of spaces for research, reflection, replenishment, development, resource sharing and careful conversation.

Over the course of these days, Luke will steer a series of intimate encounters and conversations, some with food, some as wanderings, some as scores and propositions for artists to soothe, stay, speak and move with what happens in the wakes of the past months. The project will be a mix of informal and more formal sessions, and you are welcome to attend all or some of the event. It includes:

  • Daily Hive Huddle with coffee and pastries where participants can connect with each other, check-in, see who’s around, share ideas and find out what’s happening for the day
  • Dinners on evenings of Thursday 17th and Monday 21st
  • Friday 18th: a gentle arriving together with Luke will introduce ‘What Happens In These Wakes’ and explain the tasks in the pack that artists will have received prior to arriving.
  • Friday 18th, afternoon: a chance to participate in the Mycelium: Transnational Contemporary Dance Network. You can sign up to this session here.
  • Saturday 19th: an opportunity to engage in one to one sessions with Luke
  • Sunday 20th, 2.00pm – 4.30pm: reflection session to discuss and share experiences
  • Opportunities throughout for individual or shared practice and warm-ups

Sign up may be required for individual indoor sessions due to COVID-19. For more information, please email us at

Some financial assistance is available to members of our RAS Network towards travel and accommodation.  Requests should be made by submitting this short form and will be processed as they are received. For more information about and to sign up to the RAS Network, please click here.

More about Luke:

Fascinated by detail, nuances of time, texture, memory and landscape Luke Pell is an artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland who collaborates with people and places, imagining alternative contexts for performance, participation and discourse that might reveal wisdoms for living. Working with words and movements – words as movements – to draw together seemingly unrelated constellations of bodies and thought their practice takes form as intimate encounters – poetic objects, installations, performances and designed environments – choreographies in print and in person. Luke works regularly as a dramaturg with artists and organisations, across forms, to think through practice. He most often chooses to work with outliers practicing at the intersections of dance, performance, live art, disability, queerness and quiet activism to navigate processes of change and explore how dance and choreographic thinking meets with other worlds and realities.

During his time with us, Luke will be reflecting on his artistic works over the past 8 years including the artist development spaces he has hosted within the frame ‘Thinking Through Practice’ and his role as a dramaturg for other dance and performance artists. Space in September will be a prelude to Luke embarking on a doctoral research project – Re-Imagining Loss, or, How We Might Die Together, Differently – alongside continued contributions to artist and art-form development at home and outwith Scotland.

When and Where

Thursday 17 – Tuesday 22 September

Join us for individual sessions, a whole day or the whole event.

Please meet us at Dance North Office,  Findhorn Hive, 567 West Whins, The Park, Forres, IV36 3SH.


Tickets: FREE

We are now fully booked for Space in September. Depending on the demand for specific scheduled sessions there may be opportunities to participate in certain days or sessions. If you are interested in joining, please e-mail info at  outlining how and when you would like to participate and we can advise on availability.

There will also be opportunities to participate digitally in some sessions. If you are interested in this option, please e-mail info at

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