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RISE is Dance North’s festival of contemporary dance and performance. A responsive programme that adapts from year to year – sometimes existing as a standalone weekend of performance and sometimes offering performances over the course of several months. RISE often features an emphasis on outdoor work and increasingly exists in conversation with community and ecology in Moray.

As always, we’re on a mission to promote and produce bold and imaginative events that offer people from across the globe to just down the road new opportunities to experience dance. With a strong track record and international profile, we are dedicated to bringing excellent, often challenging work, to rural northeast Scotland, drawing artists and choreographers from across the globe. Recent projects have included RISE 2022 festival of contemporary dance and performance, Movers and Makers screendance salon and cinema, Brand New – a six day New Year dance gathering, and our annual Festive Showcase featuring performances by Dance North Youth, the Sing, Exercise and Tea groups, and more.

WATCH: Rise 2021 Retrospective

WATCH: Rise 2021 Retrospective

This video retrospective, edited by Poppycock Films, is a look back at some of the highlights of this year's RISE. Thank you so much to all of the artists, audiences, volunteers, venues, partners, producers, technical staff, teachers, …

WATCH: Alien Species

WATCH: Alien Species

Plastic waste is having an irreversible, devastating effect on the planet especially in the sea. A recent study has found micro-plastics, not only in sea creatures but now present in human blood. A new Alien Species will …

WATCH: RISE 2022 – THREADED FINE

WATCH: RISE 2022 – THREADED FINE

Choreographer Rosemary Lee has brought together a cast of dancers from across Scotland and ranging in age from 9-70+ years to create a new site-specific version of her Threaded Fine project. One after the other, 24 dancers …

WATCH: RISE 2022 – LOStheULTRAMAR

WATCH: RISE 2022 – LOStheULTRAMAR

In LOStheULTRAMAR, Mexican dance company Foco alAire take to the streets to astonish passers-by, inviting people to join their procession as they pass through parks and public spaces. This is an interactive public performance …

WATCH: Rise 2021 Audience Survey

WATCH: Rise 2021 Audience Survey

As part of our ongoing work with The Audience Agency, we're trying to learn more about what you feel when you come to a show – everything from the booking process to Covid safety, from the price …