This year’s Safe to Be Me™ Festival has been programmed in consultation with Conyach, Edinburgh International Festival, Intercultural Youth Scotland, LGBT Youth Scotland and Sparkle – The National Transgender Charity. It will see Scottish Ballet use its practice in dance to inspire creative thinking and open up conversation, using movement as a tool to discuss and explore intersectional topic areas, in a programme that includes:
· The world premiere of a new dance film created by Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker Fx Goby, exploring themes of pride and shame through movement and dance.
· A series of inspiration talks from Scottish Ballet dancers and industry role models, discussing creativity, motivation, and overcoming challenges.
· Dance and literary workshops that explore gender identity by inviting participants to express themselves through ‘dance at desk’ sessions, before guiding them in creating poetry in response to work by Rachel Plummer.
Scottish Ballet’s Safe to Be Me™ project launched in 2019 and has since engaged with over 1,000 young people to help empower and support them in feeling safe and confident in who they are. This has been achieved through the delivery of 54 dance workshops, to 37 schools across Scotland.