When Morag Deyes was invited to spark a Catalytic Conversation she wanted it to focus on curation, audacious vision and transparency. So, for Morag it had to be Wolfgang Hoffman of Aurora Nova!
Morag and Wolfgang talked about what they would discuss and agreed that actually, at this moment in time, something more urgent and useful could take centre stage, that being the war in Ukraine, and the future of its artists. As a result they will be welcomed by Ukrainian artist Victor Ruban, a colleague of Wolfgang's who is based in Kyiv.
Join Morag and Wolfgang in this intimate and wide-reaching conversation to hear first from Wolfgang about how Aurora Nova was born to be a game changer, and then from Victor on what we might do to support Ukrainian performing artists right now.
The Catalytic Conversations programme invites two dance artists to join in conversation to explore their practice, their experience and anything else they would like to discuss together, and opens the doors for us to listen in. Dance Base has a long standing commitment to embracing international exchange and while one of the artists will be based in Scotland the other will be based outside of the UK. All conversations will be hosted online and run for 60 minutes with space for 30 minutes of questions from the audience. We look forward to welcoming you along!
Wolfgang Hoffmann has been a festival director, choreographer, dancer, dance teacher and artist representative. Growing up in the GDR, he trained as a toolmaker and came to dance at the mature age of 21. In 1990 he co-founded fabrik Potsdam, a venue for music and dance in Germany, and set up the Potsdamer Tanztage, an annual dance festival. With his company fabrik Potsdam he produced and danced in 12 different shows and toured in over 20 countries worldwide. In 2001 he founded Aurora Nova, a highly acclaimed venue for physical theatre and dance in Edinburgh, and from 2004 to 2008 he was the director of the Dublin Fringe Festival. He now runs Aurora Nova as a theatre booking agency and consultancy firm out of Berlin, representing the newest trends in contemporary circus, physical theatre and new theatrical forms for venues and festivals around the world.
Morag Deyes MBE was Artistic Director of Dance Base, Scotland's National Centre for Dance in Edinburgh from 1994-2021. She now works for the organisation as Curator for its Edinburgh Festival Fringe season and other projects. After training in Edinburgh in ballet, tap, flamenco, jazz and contemporary, Morag went on to dance professionally, and has taught and choreographed work around the world. Morag was Artistic Director of the Bath Fringe Festival from 1990-1994.
Morag Deyes was the creative force behind the transition from Dance Base’s previous home at the Assembly Rooms to its current Grassmarket site. She has directed the hugely successful Dance Base shows Off Kilter, the Holyrood Palace Garden Party Celebrations for Dance Base (patron HRH Prince Charles) and programmed the Urban Dance stages for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations in 2004-06. She is Scottish representative on UK National Dance Network (NDN). She received an MBE for Services to Dance in Scotland in the HRH Queen Elizabeth’s New Years Honours List 2007 and the prestigious Spirit of the (Edinburgh) Fringe Award 2009.
International projects include Norddance, a showcase and exchange programme between Scotland and all Scandinavian countries, work with artists in India, with Drishtikon Foundation/Aditi Mangaldas and Shilpika Bordoloi of The Brahmaputra Foundation, also with makers from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea with a significant relationship in Palestine with the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival. Morag is also founder of Scotland's first semi-professional elder touring dance company, PRIME, currently housed at Dance Base.
Viktor Ruban is a performer, dancer, choreographer-researcher, educator and coach who works on a project basis in Ukraine and abroad. He is the Director General of Ruban Production ITP Ltd., programme director and co-founder of Impulse of Transformation independent international dance platform, and the programme and artistic director of venue #KyivDanceResidency – a platform for international studies in somatic, dance and performative practices, movement-based art and research.