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Elspeth is currently inviting expressions of interest from dancers and actors with strong movement skills for an exciting new project happening at Tramway, Glasgow, in 2016.

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Seeking emerging performers for professional training opportunity.

We are currently inviting expressions of interest from students / emerging artists for an exciting new Gaelic performance piece in development at Tramway, January 2016. This project is supported by Glasgow Life, and led by Edinburgh-based theatre-maker Elspeth Turner, founder of Stoirm Òg, in collaboration with director and sound/video artist Rob Jones. Paid role.

 About the project:

 ‘Trouble The Water’

 In the early 2000s, eminent American jazz musician Willie Ruff suggested that much of African American music has its roots in the Gaelic psalm singing of the Western Isles, which crossed the Atlantic with the slave trade. Ruff, an African American, insists that although it’s painful, ‘the music can’t lie’, and he has since been called a traitor, and a puppet of white polemic. If most of contemporary culture is a maelstrom of influences, why do we want to claim ownership of it? This is a journey of dances and songs which begin as cries of suffering, and become the most urgent calls of protest.

 We are interested in working collaboratively with dancers, and/or other versatile performers with a strong grounding in movement, as this will be a highly physical piece using body and voice. Knowledge of or interest in Gaelic keenly encouraged. Seeking performers of all ethnicities, and particularly those of African descent. 

 Terms: There will be a stipend of £220 per performer. This may suit students seeking a learning experience in a professional setting; we are happy to discuss agreement further with artists and  course leaders.

 Dates: To include up to 6 days of development work and rehearsal (exact dates negotiable) in Glasgow between the 11th and the 24th of January 2016, to include the presentation of a work-in-progress in Tramway 4 during Celtic Connections.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 16th December 2015

Contact: To apply, please contact Elspeth at with a brief description of background, skills and experience. Please also feel free to email for more information about the project.

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