Scaling Up

The Big Pulse Scaling Up programme aims to bring contemporary dance to the big stages of Europe, adding variety to programming on these stages and engaging existing audiences and reaching out to new ones.

Navy Blue – Oona Doherty © D.Matvejevas


Scaling Up Programme

This series of co-productions will focus on supporting dance artists transition from producing work for small and medium-sized stages to creating large-scale productions.

In 2021, four dynamic artists were the first to be selected as part of the Scaling Up programme and will create new works to be co-produced and toured at several partner festivals.

Oona Doherty creates intense, compelling works that appeal for societal change, with her distinctive choreographies having sparked international attention, earning her multiple awards and rave reviews. For nearly two decades, Silvia Gribaudi has focused her artistic research on the social impact of bodies, be they trained, oversized or aging, and has demonstrated how diversity and humour can bring freedom to the stage. Marco da Silva Ferreira will be working with a cast of over ten dancers, drawing from European folk dance footwork to urban dance styles in search of a rebellious and carnival-like collective body. With his new work, Amala Dianor brings together three West-African choreographers and nine talented African dancers to construct an exquisite corpse-inspired multi-faceted being.

Find out more about the Big Pulse Scaling Up artists:


Oona Doherty (Northern Ireland / UK)

Silvia Gribaudi (Italy)

Marco da Silva Ferreira (Portugal)

Amala Dianor (Senegal / France)

Sonya Lindfors (Cameroon / Finland)

Sabina Bočková & Johana Pocková / POCKETART (The Czech Republic)


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