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Chance to dance and play in capital festival

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By Fiona Reid
Chance to dance and play in capital festival

DANCERS and string musicians from the region are being given the chance to be part of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival.

The festival is searching for 26 talented dancers to join Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on stage and five pre-professional musicians to join the Mendelssohn Octet.

In addition, 12 Scotland-based dance artists are invited to take part in a week of artistic development with performers of Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring/common ground[s].

These opportunities are paid, with travel and accommodation in Edinburgh provided.

Other opportunities to get involved include the London Symphony Orchestra playing for patients and staff in hospitals, flagship Culture Club events in community centres and young people will get the chance to meet The Late Show’s bassist, Endea Owens, in a Youth Takeover Day.

Meanwhile, pre-professional string players (three violins, one viola and one cello) can apply through an open international audition process to perform with the Mendelssohn Octet. They will be selected by Edinburgh International Festival director, Nicola Benedetti, to work with Stefan Jackiw, Jessica Bodner and Sterling Elliott, culminating in an onstage performance in the Festival’s home on the Royal Mile, The Hub, on August 10.

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