Off- Kilter! Hogmanany 2009

By Alice Croal

Scotland can now look forward to the upcoming Hogmanay dance spectacular known as Off-Kilter created by unique events, launching in the festival theater next month. It is hoped that this production, a remake of the previous 2004 production will act as a celebration of Scottish culture. The show will premier on the 29th of December and will be performed over 4 days before continuing on a world tour in January. The show will also make appearances in Glasgow, Perth and Aberdeen. Spectators can expect a collection of Highland, ballet and Indian dance styles both traditional and contemporary.

Image courtesy of Edinburgh Guide

An extract from the website states ‘Scottish culture gets a make-over this Edinburgh’s Hogmanay as Off Kilter explodes onto the stage. Combining traditional Highland, ballet, hip-hop, Indian classical and contemporary dance, this feisty new production is a spectacular showcase of styles that are alive and kicking in Scotland today’.

The production will work with the Dance Base complex in the Edinburgh Grassmarket. Already Off Kilter can boast that John Byrne (acclaimed Scottish Playwright and associate of the Royal Scottish Academy) creator of Slab Boys and Tutti Frutti will be acting as the visual effects and design consultant. Mark Morris a choreographer from New York famed for his ingenuitive dance routines will also be taking part in the Hogmanay production. Morris plans to create a new dance to a piece by Beethoven, who in turn was inspired by Robert Burns. Ballet dancer Ashley Page is another famous name that will be involved in the production with a new dance inspired by Glasgow Poet and Songwriter Ivor Cutler. During the opening night the world champion Highland dancer Davina Givens will make a special appearance. The involvement of these four big names in show business is expected to boost ticket sales. Music will also vary from Martyn Bennett to Calvin Harris.

Off-Kilter has been granted £343,000 by the Scottish Government EXPO fund, the largest sum ever given to a production. A media release claims that Off- Kilter will be ‘an accessible, fresh celebration of Scotland’s eclectic, unique music and dance styles’. Off-Kilter will promote Scotland’s varied and modern culture. Events champion Steve Cardownie commented that ‘Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a special and unique member of the Edinburgh festivals family, providing a wintertime festival offering in the city. I’m really pleased that the Expo fund will enable us to enhance an already  hugely successful festival with such an exciting an innovative element of Off Kilter’.

Tickets will vary in price from £14.50 to £25.00.