Press excerpts

 
Morir Por Ti: 2000/01

“One of the most original and intriguing contemporary pieces to come out of Scotland in the last year”, The Sunday Times

“Fierce, Disquieting, Brilliant...”, The Herald

“A handsome, harrowing piece of dance theatre, well shaped, beautifully designed and executed with crucifying control…”, The Scotsman

“The piece is like a time bomb, imaginatively and poignantly drawn”, The Stage


Wishing For The Moon: 2002

“If the Scottish Arts council does not fund this company, it will be letting cultural jewels slip through its hands.”, The Sunday Herald

“Have become fully paid-up members of the big league…”, The Scotsman

“A memorable night of dance”, The Edinburgh Evening News

“Sexy, witty, entertaining, flirtatious, fun...”, The Times

“Varied, engaging, highly entertaining...”, The Herald

“No need to keep your fingers crossed – this show is a success.”, The Scotsman

“One of the most stimulating and enjoyable nights of dance seen for a long time, left burning images.”, Highland News


Cries and Whispers: 2003

“A memorable evening of dance, another Douglas work worth watching”, The List

“Dark territory that Douglas deftly choreographs into a collision of wills, as well as needs”, The Scotsman

“Norman Douglas’ work is always interesting and challenging and this world premiere sounds unmissible”, The List, Critics Choice

This duet is blisteringly dark, a disturbing expression of physical sexual contact.", Edinburgh Guide.Com


Tour of The Year: 2004

“A world class company, trapped inside a small Scottish tour…”, The Scotsman

“This duet is blisteringly dark, a disturbing expression of physical sexual contact…”, Edinburgh Guide.Com

“Norman Douglas is a fantastic success story, and he has created a company which is really world class”, The Scotsman

“Norman Douglas has taken his vision of dance and turned it into a reality through sheer hard work, the company is the brainchild of the maverick director, who is set to hit the road to gauge public reaction.”, The Herald

“A small company with big idea’s, specialising in sexy cutting-edge dance, based on impeccable ballet techniques…", The Scotsman


To Have and to Hold Vier Stark Frauen (Four Strong Women): 2006

“Sensual, sexual and utterly watchable a new work which visits the dark side of relationships.”, The List

“Douglas and his four talented dancers create some beautiful moments. Naked from the waist up the three women stand like statues the picture of strength.”, The Herald

“Be warned, these dangerously beautiful sirens will rip any soft expectations to shreds, the surprise thrillers of the Dance Base programme.”, Skinny Magazine

“To Have and to Hold is one of the most creative works of dance that I’ve seen on either side of the Atlantic in a long time.”, (FA) Broadway Baby New York


Rainbow Water Drops, Touching Tongues: 2007

"Choreographer Norman Douglas has taken this modern dance company Leipzig Tanz Theatre, and transformed them into the junior company of Leipzig Ballet after only one year.", Leipziger Volkszeitung

"Touching Tongues Dark hysteria on legs not for the faint hearted.", Leipzig Live


Trilogy: Itara (Say it’s not True, Touching Tongues, Chora): 2009

"A psychoanalyst's field day, against the screeching violins of Alfred Schnittke, each harsh scrape of the bow matched by a tortured movement on stage, both inner and outer.", The Scotsman "Compelling tensions as the women fight for control of intertwining dependency, it’s intense, pared back, with clarity of expression that is realised in full. This had quality written throughout the work.", The Herald

"Expressing the tensions within our lives, which are on the scale of the huge myths, if they are given a voice?", Highlands & Islands Gazette

"Norman Douglas has long been an unashamedly daring force on the Scottish dance scene; choreographically Douglas has once again proved his mettle in this programme of penetrating contemporary dance.", The List

"Full of subtlety and making brilliant use of lagged unison and critically balanced arrangements of limbs.", The Stage


About the company

"And in the space of a few short years, he has gone from staging humble duets in the Traverse to a 12-strong company playing Edinburgh's Festival Theatre and Glasgow's Theatre Royal.", The Scotsman

"Dance critics describe it as «a small company with big ideas», specialising in sexy, cutting-edge dance based on impeccable ballet technique.", The Herald

"And though his company features performers from across Europe, Douglas has no doubt that this is a home-grown success. It's really special for me that we will be the first Scottish company to perform at the Royal Opera House.", The Sunday Times

"Artistic director Norman Douglas has a crystal clear, passionate vision of what he wants to create on the dance stage. His aim is to break down barriers surrounding modern dance and present innovative and exciting performances to a wide audience.", Edinburgh Guide


About Norman Douglas

“A real- life Billy Elliot has made ballet history after swapping the shipyards for the theatre”, Evening Times.

“Ship builder with disco fever makes it to Covent Garden”, The Herald

"Norman Douglas has taken his vision of dance and turned it into reality through sheer hard work: the company is the brainchild of the maverick director, who is set to hit the road to gauge public reaction.", The Herald

“Norman Douglas is a fantastic success story, and he has created a company which is really world class”, Morag Deyes, Artistic Director, Dance Base

“Norman Douglas has taken his vision of dance and turned it into a reality through sheer hard work: the company is the brainchild of the maverick director, who is set to hit the road to gauge public reaction.”, The Herald


About the company’s outreach work

“Pupils learn footie skills the samba way.”, The Reformer

“Glasgow boys learn to dance the fright away.”, Sunday Times

"Fraser Gilchrist, Head of Physical Education at Castlemilk High School said: «It is a great opportunity to be involved in such a wonderful project. The boys have enjoyed participating. It has opened their eyes to dance and they have used these new skills to help with their football.", The Reformer