City Glimpses

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City Glimpses is a site specific dance project which brought dance performance into the public space. It was conceived, directed and produced by choreographer Sophia Lycouris, as part of the New Works series, a partnership between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh to be presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This project was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival between 12 and 27 August 2013, in 12 performances.

Specifically trained dancers (Tessa Goodwin, Georgia F Moffa and Abbie Wood) recreated cinematic story fragments behind glass surfaces around the Edinburgh city centre. They presented dance improvisations based on their personal movement responses to the architectural and dynamic character of the performance sites, and informed by writings on architecture and the urban experience submitted to this project by several authors. Texts include excerpts from the books The Memory Palace: A Book of Lost Interiors by Ed Hollis and Warsaw Surfaces: Transpositions, Objects, Shadows by Ella Chmielewska. The performances took place in three different urban locations simultaneously. Audiences, as well as passer-bys, watched these performances through the glass, while internet users could attend them remotely through live streaming. Musicians of the Edimpro group (including Yati Durant and Michael Edwards) joined this project online and performed their own improvisations, which were available via the streaming page.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh Fringe Festival
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2013


  • choreography, architecture, urban space
  • site-specific art


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