4×4 Dance Body & the Environment

Exploring themes of Dance, Body and the Environment, the 4×4 programme is aimed at artists interested in working in non-theatre based locations and challenging environmental contexts. This has been created in response to the pressing need to evolve our relationship with the natural environment.


Now we are making the final selection for the 10 Scottish artists who will come on the Dance, Body & the Environment 4x4lab we can open up this fantastic intensive lab opportunity to wider particpation. Please note the fee covers mentor, activities, talks, food and accommodation.

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Robbie Synge is an independent artist based in Ross-shire, Scotland. He is active in choreography, performance, education, writing and film. Robbie works regularly both locally and across the UK, developing new links at community level and beyond. Robbie was a semi-finalist in The Place Prize for Contemporary Dance 2012 with his work Settlement.

Robbie originally studied BSc (Hons) Physiology at Edinburgh University before working in the science, health and education sectors in the UK and abroad. Robbie practiced martial arts and hip-hop dance styles for many years before completing the Postgraduate Certificate: Dance in the Community course with distinction in 2008.

Robbie’s current interests are focused mainly on researching and creating physical performance. Robbie is motivated to find new forms and mechanisms of working with common human themes. This has tended to involve contexts where untrained performers, unconventional bodies or the public might be involved.

Along with his current commission from Bodysurf Scotland, current projects and commissions include The Past Inside The Present (working title) – a work for five performers aged 65-80 co-directed with Lucy Boyes; Viewings – a performance for a small audiences in an apartment, commissioned through the Dance Strategy for the Highlands; ESA50 (working title) – a performance with disabled dancer Julie Cleves.



Our first 4×4 artist in residence Grace Surman will be joining us soon to start work.

Over the last decade Surman has been making work to disentangle, to escape, to slip in and out of logics. She engages with modes of selfhood, modes which move between the seemingly honest and the playfully constructed, she works firmly in a tradition that exists to be plundered, revered, and ridiculed in equal measure.

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Support along the way has come form Dartington, Tramway, Bluecoat, NRLA, CCA, Arts Admin, Arnolfini, Baltic, Chisenhale, Compass and many more.