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An-ki

An-ki is an immersive theatrical experience about the origin and destiny of humankind, set in an intimate and magical tent. It is a compelling story about greed and deforestation and the consequences it has for the environment and its inhabitants. When the shadows of giant invaders appear in the woods outside Adja’s town, with their unending hunger for trees, the inhabitants begin to leave. In order to cope with the reality of her world, Adja uses her imagination, searching for the roots of her past and hope for the future. Through intricate puppetry and a stunning visual design, award-wining Cia. Ortiga lead the audience on a promenade journey into the richly detailed world of one girl’s battle to save her environment.

Location Summerhall

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Shō and the Demons of the Deep

Shō’s city has been plagued by nightmares for as long as she can remember, but hers are the worst of all. One day, Shō has had enough. She throws her nightmares away into the river, where they wash out to sea. Soon people start copying her; the city is rid of its nightmares, and everyone is delighted. But sixty years later, when the river becomes poisoned, Shō’s granddaughter Hana must face her greatest fears in order to save her home. Shō and the Demons of the Deep by Zoë Bullock is a visual adventure story about overcoming fear, climate crisis and how the actions of one generation can affect the next. Inspired by the picture book of the same name by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko.

Location Traverse Theatre

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Be Kind

Be kind is an intimate theatre experience for babies. In this sensory performance of sound, colour and movement, children experience acrobatics and juggling up close. From the song of early birds to luminous juggling at dusk, the performance follows the rhythm of the day. The pop-up decor slowly comes to life, and there is always something that rattles, appears, creaks, rolls or floats. During the performance, a heartwarming dialogue develops between the artists and their young audience. Because of these spontaneous interactions, each performance is unique. After the performance, the audience is invited on stage – they can crawl in, out, along and through the decor to explore the special materials up close. Be Kind also offers a specially designed baby book by Rianne van Duin to continue discovering circus and play at home.

Location The Studio

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Black

Black is a reflection on the violence and emancipation of being Black in today’s world, through a body that narrates, challenges and disturbs – a body that is both wounded and celebrated. Using a set devoid of artifice and brimming with symbolism, creator and performer Oulouy references episodes from recent history such as the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the murder of George Floyd, to rethink the Black African body in the western world. It is a dance, visual and music chronicle of the freedom movement which skillfully plays with a choreographic repertoire inspired by urban styles of the African continent and its diaspora in the USA, such as Coupé-Décalé, Ndomboló, Afrohouse or Krump.

Location Dance Base

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The Yellow Canary

The Yellow Canary is based on a true story and is a leap into the imagination of a young boy as he attempts to escape the horrors of war, exploring love, loss, and what it means to flee your home.  Performance maker Tashi Gore uncovers the real-life journey her uncle Bernard took as a young Jewish boy, forced to leave his home city of Paris with just his parents and his pet canary for company. Combining live storytelling, testimony, and digital animation, The Yellow Canary brings together visual theatre expert Ross MacKay, playwright Will Gore, and director Jess Thorpe, in a compelling and timely performance.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Trashedy

How many plastic cups do you use in a lifetime? Two performers explore the story of our strange evolution and dig into the complexity of the topic ‘ecological intelligence’. Along the way, they keep raising new questions and encounter an ever-growing mountain of rubbish. Using a mix of of animated drawings, dance and sound collages, TRASHedy takes an honest, humorous look at our freedom of choice and consumerist behaviour, and invites us to reflect on our actions. Because everything we do has an impact. Somewhere.

Location Traverse Theatre

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The Unexpected Gift

The Unexpected Gift celebrates the art of play and curiosity, taking ordinary objects and making them extraordinary and magical. This is a story reversing the idea that it is the wrapping paper, the cardboard boxes and ribbons that should be discarded, and reveals that playfulness, creativity and imagination are the true gifts. Bursting with energy, acrobatic dance, textures, sounds and colour to create a multi-sensory wonderland from the left-over boxes, ribbons and wrapping. This highly interactive and inclusive dance-theatre performance is made especially for and with children with complex needs such as autism. Playfulness within the work creates space for live response between the audience and performers, with its adaptable approach allowing the individuality of each child to be celebrated. The Unexpected Gift is designed for a small audience to be able to accommodate and engage young people who experience the most barriers to access. It was inspired by Barrowland Ballet’s production The Gift, a co-commission by Aberdeen Performing Arts, Capital Theatres and Eden Court.

Location Lyra

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Kish Kush

Kish Kush traces the journey of two characters as they progress from solitude to connectedness. Separated by a three-foot high paper wall bisecting the space, with the audience sitting in the round with only a partial view of the stage, the performers face the universal theme of cultural and linguistic differences. One speaks English, the other a mix of Hebrew and Arabic.Through the manipulation of symbolic objects, shadow games and sounds, they gradually come into contact and get to know each other, finally tearing apart the delicate wall and emerging more accepting and trusting. At turns humorous and profound, challenging yet hopeful, Kish Kush offers a unique and eloquent portrayal of diversity.

Location The Lyceum

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So Far So Good

So Far So Good is an adventurous new contemporary circus show for early years. Three performers use daring acrobatics to explore flying, falling, steep places, precipices and the sharp rocks you come across on the way up. Created in the Cairngorms with the children who live in wild places, and drawing on their lived experience of false summits, dangerous scrambles, and hiking to the top, this is a show which celebrates the joy of dancing along the edge, scaling the heights and discovering the secret rest places and long views along the way. Commissioned by Imaginate in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts. Supported by the Scottish Government's Festivals Expo Fund.

Location Assembly Roxy

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An Ant Called Amy

This is a story about an ant called Amy (an award winning ant one might add), her brother Andy and a Brown Spider. Amy the ant works very hard. When she wins the Employee of the Month Award, Amy feels a happiness that drives her to work even harder. But with the help of the Brown Spider, Amy finds true happiness by embracing her brother’s memory in the everyday. A charming and moving story that sensitively explores sibling loss, An Ant Called Amy is about a busy little ant who learns to slow down.

Location Traverse Theatre

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By Trial and Error

The stage is set: a simple black curtain stands centre stage. Then two hidden circus artists appear and the show begins.... But as the two disoriented acrobats move to perform their first lift, a terrible doubt arises in their seemingly well-oiled routine. Is this the right move? Is this what we rehearsed? Taken by the need to continue at all costs, the duo gets caught up in the game, invent and jostle. Sometimes absurdly lost, sometimes meandering magnificently but always bouncing back. By Trial and Error is a delightful show of acrobatic lifts, full of humour borrowed from burlesque and silent cinema, where the audience is constantly surprised by the antics and skill of the performers.

Location Traverse Theatre

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Location Central Hall

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An-ki

An-ki is an immersive theatrical experience about the origin and destiny of humankind, set in an intimate and magical tent. It is a compelling story about greed and deforestation and the consequences it has for the environment and its inhabitants. When the shadows of giant invaders appear in the woods outside Adja’s town, with their unending hunger for trees, the inhabitants begin to leave. In order to cope with the reality of her world, Adja uses her imagination, searching for the roots of her past and hope for the future. Through intricate puppetry and a stunning visual design, award-wining Cia. Ortiga lead the audience on a promenade journey into the richly detailed world of one girl’s battle to save her environment.

Location Summerhall

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Shō and the Demons of the Deep

Shō’s city has been plagued by nightmares for as long as she can remember, but hers are the worst of all. One day, Shō has had enough. She throws her nightmares away into the river, where they wash out to sea. Soon people start copying her; the city is rid of its nightmares, and everyone is delighted. But sixty years later, when the river becomes poisoned, Shō’s granddaughter Hana must face her greatest fears in order to save her home. Shō and the Demons of the Deep by Zoë Bullock is a visual adventure story about overcoming fear, climate crisis and how the actions of one generation can affect the next. Inspired by the picture book of the same name by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko.

Location Traverse Theatre

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Be Kind

Be kind is an intimate theatre experience for babies. In this sensory performance of sound, colour and movement, children experience acrobatics and juggling up close. From the song of early birds to luminous juggling at dusk, the performance follows the rhythm of the day. The pop-up decor slowly comes to life, and there is always something that rattles, appears, creaks, rolls or floats. During the performance, a heartwarming dialogue develops between the artists and their young audience. Because of these spontaneous interactions, each performance is unique. After the performance, the audience is invited on stage – they can crawl in, out, along and through the decor to explore the special materials up close. Be Kind also offers a specially designed baby book by Rianne van Duin to continue discovering circus and play at home.

Location The Studio

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Black

Black is a reflection on the violence and emancipation of being Black in today’s world, through a body that narrates, challenges and disturbs – a body that is both wounded and celebrated. Using a set devoid of artifice and brimming with symbolism, creator and performer Oulouy references episodes from recent history such as the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the murder of George Floyd, to rethink the Black African body in the western world. It is a dance, visual and music chronicle of the freedom movement which skillfully plays with a choreographic repertoire inspired by urban styles of the African continent and its diaspora in the USA, such as Coupé-Décalé, Ndomboló, Afrohouse or Krump.

Location Dance Base

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The Yellow Canary

The Yellow Canary is based on a true story and is a leap into the imagination of a young boy as he attempts to escape the horrors of war, exploring love, loss, and what it means to flee your home.  Performance maker Tashi Gore uncovers the real-life journey her uncle Bernard took as a young Jewish boy, forced to leave his home city of Paris with just his parents and his pet canary for company. Combining live storytelling, testimony, and digital animation, The Yellow Canary brings together visual theatre expert Ross MacKay, playwright Will Gore, and director Jess Thorpe, in a compelling and timely performance.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Trashedy

How many plastic cups do you use in a lifetime? Two performers explore the story of our strange evolution and dig into the complexity of the topic ‘ecological intelligence’. Along the way, they keep raising new questions and encounter an ever-growing mountain of rubbish. Using a mix of of animated drawings, dance and sound collages, TRASHedy takes an honest, humorous look at our freedom of choice and consumerist behaviour, and invites us to reflect on our actions. Because everything we do has an impact. Somewhere.

Location Traverse Theatre

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The Unexpected Gift

The Unexpected Gift celebrates the art of play and curiosity, taking ordinary objects and making them extraordinary and magical. This is a story reversing the idea that it is the wrapping paper, the cardboard boxes and ribbons that should be discarded, and reveals that playfulness, creativity and imagination are the true gifts. Bursting with energy, acrobatic dance, textures, sounds and colour to create a multi-sensory wonderland from the left-over boxes, ribbons and wrapping. This highly interactive and inclusive dance-theatre performance is made especially for and with children with complex needs such as autism. Playfulness within the work creates space for live response between the audience and performers, with its adaptable approach allowing the individuality of each child to be celebrated. The Unexpected Gift is designed for a small audience to be able to accommodate and engage young people who experience the most barriers to access. It was inspired by Barrowland Ballet’s production The Gift, a co-commission by Aberdeen Performing Arts, Capital Theatres and Eden Court.

Location Lyra

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Kish Kush

Kish Kush traces the journey of two characters as they progress from solitude to connectedness. Separated by a three-foot high paper wall bisecting the space, with the audience sitting in the round with only a partial view of the stage, the performers face the universal theme of cultural and linguistic differences. One speaks English, the other a mix of Hebrew and Arabic.Through the manipulation of symbolic objects, shadow games and sounds, they gradually come into contact and get to know each other, finally tearing apart the delicate wall and emerging more accepting and trusting. At turns humorous and profound, challenging yet hopeful, Kish Kush offers a unique and eloquent portrayal of diversity.

Location The Lyceum

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So Far So Good

So Far So Good is an adventurous new contemporary circus show for early years. Three performers use daring acrobatics to explore flying, falling, steep places, precipices and the sharp rocks you come across on the way up. Created in the Cairngorms with the children who live in wild places, and drawing on their lived experience of false summits, dangerous scrambles, and hiking to the top, this is a show which celebrates the joy of dancing along the edge, scaling the heights and discovering the secret rest places and long views along the way. Commissioned by Imaginate in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts. Supported by the Scottish Government's Festivals Expo Fund.

Location Assembly Roxy

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An Ant Called Amy

This is a story about an ant called Amy (an award winning ant one might add), her brother Andy and a Brown Spider. Amy the ant works very hard. When she wins the Employee of the Month Award, Amy feels a happiness that drives her to work even harder. But with the help of the Brown Spider, Amy finds true happiness by embracing her brother’s memory in the everyday. A charming and moving story that sensitively explores sibling loss, An Ant Called Amy is about a busy little ant who learns to slow down.

Location Traverse Theatre

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By Trial and Error

The stage is set: a simple black curtain stands centre stage. Then two hidden circus artists appear and the show begins.... But as the two disoriented acrobats move to perform their first lift, a terrible doubt arises in their seemingly well-oiled routine. Is this the right move? Is this what we rehearsed? Taken by the need to continue at all costs, the duo gets caught up in the game, invent and jostle. Sometimes absurdly lost, sometimes meandering magnificently but always bouncing back. By Trial and Error is a delightful show of acrobatic lifts, full of humour borrowed from burlesque and silent cinema, where the audience is constantly surprised by the antics and skill of the performers.

Location Traverse Theatre

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Ceilidh

Location Central Hall