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Posted on September 22, 2021

Strut from Dance International Glasgow 2021

Dance International Glasgow returns to the city from October 1 to 23. The line-up showcases a variety of dance styles, established and emerging artists, unusual locations and use of technology. Highlights this year include Create Reality – a showcase of performance and visual art that uses VR, created by Glasgow artists and performers Ashanti Harris, Natasha Ruwona and Purina Alpha in tandem with digital crafters Niall Lavigne and Libby Odai.

MHz’s STRUT, which residents around Glasgow are encouraged to watch out of their windows and from door-steps, features movement from bhangra, salsa, Romani, hip hop and contemporary styles. Plus, two shows that explore club culture, which has of course been off the agenda during the pandemic and is gently starting to emerge once more, include FRAN.K’s Living in the Space Between and Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome’s LET THE BODY, described as a sit-down inner rave. A co-commission from Shotput, Totentanz is described as “a dance macabre for our times”.

The festival’s reimagined format this year will cater for all varieties of audiences. Featuring local and national artists, performances will be presented live indoors and outdoors and through film, virtual reality and DIG’s new digital strand. Experimenting with a new festival approach, DIG will take place in two stages: in October 2021 and spring 2022.The latter programme features performances from Project X, Suzi Cunningham, Three 60 and Farah Saleh, with further details to be announced shortly. For more, go to

Pictured: MHz’s STRUT, a highlight of Dance International Glasgow 2021. Photograph: Simon Murphy. 

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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