Scratch Night | Call Out

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Are you a dance artist? Do you have an idea in the works that you want to share with an audience? Then the Dance Base Scratch Night is for you!

Starting in Autumn 2022, Dance Base are launching a new Scratch Night that will run twice a year, bringing live work to audiences and creating a supportive platform for dance and movement artists to try out ideas on the stage, experiment with an audience and share their work with their peers, the sector and the public.

Interested? Find out more below!

If you are reading this and wondering if it is for you please do read on - and if you have any questions or need some assistance with your application our 1-2-1 Producing Surgeries are here to help!


What are we looking for?

  • For the Scratch Night we are seeking proposals of any genre from independent dance/movement artists and choreographers based in Scotland to perform in the Studio 1 theatre space at Dance Base on Sunday 27th November
  • This should be a work in progress currently in existence, not a completed piece.
  • The work should be 10 – 20 mins duration
  • The work will need to be able to be presented with basic technical requirements and minimal technical rehearsal time
  • We would like to present a mixed bill of four performances with a variety of company sizes – solos, duets and group pieces – and we have funding to support a total of 12 individuals for the performance


Technical considerations:

  • For the scratch night we can support with basic technical requirements. Therefore, your proposed work should have a maximum of 10 lighting cues and 4 sound cues
  • Each company will have a 90 minute technical rehearsal during the day on Sunday 27th November
  • Please note that studio rehearsal space will only be available on the 27th November
  • Rigging for aerial performance or projection will not be possible on this occasion
  • Live musical accompaniment is possible


The selected artist will receive:

  • A £150 performance fee per company member
  • Travel and accommodation expenses if based outside of Edinburgh
  • An additional budget to cover any access requirements as required to support your engagement in the week, including childcare costs. *
  • Studio space from 10:00 – 18:00 at Dance Base before the live performance at 19:00. This will include studio rehearsal and technical rehearsal in the theatre
  • Technical support from a theatre technician during the day on Sunday 27th November to incorporate sound and lighting into your live work. Each performance will receive A 90 minute technical rehearsal with basic LX rig, dancefloor and blacks (no wings)
  • Full documentation of the performance (photos/film)
  • Access to a live audience of peers, industry members and the public

The evening will be hosted by Artistic Director Tony Mills and provide space for artists to gain valuable feedback from the audience, both in the theatre and over a drink in the bar after. We hope that the evening will be a supportive and exciting space for artists to share their work, discuss ideas and connect with their peers and the public in a friendly and relaxed space.

Dance Base will invite members from across the arts sector to attend the evening, therefore enabling you to bring your work to a range of promoters, presenters and curators.


Who is it for?

The Dance Base Scratch Night is for artists who:

  • See their work as based in dance, movement and choreography
  • See themselves as working at a professional level and are at any stage of their career
  • Have a work in progress of between 10 to 20 minutes in length that they would like to share
  • Are predominantly based in Scotland


Access Budget: *

Dance Base are committed to ensuring that all artists can access this showcasing opportunity, regardless of their access requirements. To enable this, additional funds are available to support any access requirements for artists and their collaborators, including childcare costs. We will endeavour to provide the support required and this will be agreed in conversation between the Artist and Dance Base once the opportunity is offered.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any access requirements that you have in advance or applying please contact Ondine Oberlin, Professional Programme Coordinator, on

Accessibility information on Dance Base can be found here:


How to apply:

To apply applicants are invited to complete and submit the following items:

An Application Form: The online application can be completed in a written or video/audio recording format and the form details word count and recording duration. Visual quality, camera and editing skills will not be taken into consideration for filmed submissions and spelling and grammar will not form part of the consideration of written applications. Please also provide a link to more information about your practice - this could be a CV, personal statement or a link to your website. You will receive a copy of your application once you have submitted and edits can be made up until the deadline.

In the application form you will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • What is your performance idea?
  • What, if any, are your future plans for the work?
  • Aside from the opportunity to present your work live, is there anything in particular you are seeking to gain from participating in the Scratch night?
  • Provide us with one example of a question you would like to ask the audience about your work. What is is that you might want feedback on or that you want to test?


An Equality, Diversity and Inclusion monitoring form: This is anonymous and will be used to capture who we are reaching with our call outs.



Deadline: Thursday 29 September, 11:00am

Panel meet: Wednesday 5 October

Artists Informed: Monday 10 October

Performance: Sunday 27 November


Judging Criteria:

The programme will be curated by Artistic Director Tony Mills and he will base his decision on:

  • The information provided in the expression of interest, and how the questions are answered
  • Whether the scope of the work is realistic and manageable in the time frame and resources available
  • The diversity of voices represented through Dance Base’s opportunities
  • The distribution of opportunities across the sector

Dance Base recognise that there are significant barriers to working in the dance sector and that these challenges are experienced more acutely by those facing marginalisation and deep-rooted systemic injustice. This includes people with protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010 across age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation alongside those with chronic illness, neurodiversity, parental/caring responsibilities, experience of the immigration system and people from working-class and criminal-class backgrounds. We are committed to increasing the diversity of artists working in our sector and especially welcome applications from those who identify as having characteristics currently under-represented in our sector.

As part of our on-going commitment to support artists who have this lived experience and ensuring that we support the full vibrancy of the dance sector in Scotland, we guarantee that at least one of the programmed works will be by a lead artist who identifies as a member of the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities. This is a minimum but not a limit.   


To widen the curatorial voices present in the Scottish dance sector our second Scratch Night which will take place in March 2023 will be curated by an external artist!


Should you wish to have a conversation about the application process, require this information in an alternative format, or have access requirements we need to support you in making an application please contact: Ondine Oberlin, Professional Programme Coordinator, on

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