POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)
POP-UP Duets made its debut at Lincoln Center. “An arresting scene to come upon”- The New York Times

    POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)
    POP-UP Duets made its debut at Lincoln Center. “An arresting scene to come upon”- The New York Times

    POP-UP Duets NYC Debut

    On August 1st - 5th, POP-UP Duets (fragments of love) made its NYC debut at the 44th season of Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, winning favorable comments from The New York Times and the Financial Times.

    Lincoln Center’s campus became the stage for this “richly inventive, wonderfully perceptive” set of duets (Herald, U.K.) from acclaimed Scottish choreographer Janis Claxton. Over the course of nine encounters, pairs of dancers emerged from the crowds to offer ephemeral glimpses of love and affection, from overt flirtation to secret passions, all set to a gorgeous score by Pippa Murphy. A unanimous hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Duets delighted visitors during the second week of Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

    Source: http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/pop-up-duets-fragments-of-love

    POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

    is a series of 5-minute, multi-site-specific contemporary dance duets designed for a wide range of public spaces such as museums, galleries, cafes, libraries etc.Bringing together the talents of award winners Janis Claxton (choreographer) and Pippa Murphy (composer) with four world-class dancers, POP-UP Duets are designed to emerge from public situations and to be received by invited as well as unsuspecting or ‘accidental’ audiences.

    Photo credits: Mina Magda and Rachel Papo



    Rave Reviews

    LET'S not mess about: everything about POP-UP Duets is inspired. This is, at every level, a richly inventive, wonderfully perceptive work, danced with a persuasive humanity to a score you want to own

    –The Herald

    At the Edinburgh Festival, the choreographic stand-out was Janis Claxton’s small but beautifully formed POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

    –The Observer, Luke Jennings: best dance of 2016

    More About POP-UP Duets

    The work is comprised of 8 stand-alone duets that draw on the theme of love through elegant and dynamic contemporary dance that evolves from simple everyday interactions. Each duet is accompanied by a track of original music specifically composed for the choreography by Pippa Murphy with vocals by Scottish Album of the Year Award winner, Kathryn Joseph.

    POP-UP Duets has been viewed by more than 10,000 people in Scotland and Taiwan and a further 70,000+ on-line at BBC Loop: https://www.facebook.com/bbcloop/videos/1023533354434002/

    POP-UP Duets premiered in August 2016 at The National Museum of Scotland as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase for Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In March 2017 POP-UP Duets had an International premier at the Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival where the work was recreated with two UK and two Taiwanese dancers. POP-UP Duets has been funded by Creative Scotland for extensive touring in 2018.

    Company Background

    Based in Edinburgh and touring internationally, Janis Claxton Dance is a multi-award winning company with a reputation for bringing high quality works to new and diverse audiences including large-scale performances in Scotland’s National Museums and Galleries, Edinburgh Zoo and Edinburgh International Science Festival. Janis Claxton is a leading voice on the Scottish and UK scene and has garnered international attention and invitations for her diverse and unique works and her abilities to craft exquisite material with world-class dancers.


    Lincoln Center Out of Doors

    Acclaimed music, dance, spoken word, and family events‚ including annual programs like La Casita and Roots of American Music‚ make up the country's longest-running free outdoor festival, filling the plazas of Lincoln Center every August for 43 seasons.

    Known for

    Creative Edinburgh Collaboration Award.
    The Observer ‘Best Dance of 2016'
    ★★★★★ The Herald
    ★★★★ The Observer
    ★★★★ The Times
    ★★★★ The Scotsman

    Selected for:
    • Made In Scotland Showcase 2016
    • ISPA Pitch New Works New York Congress 2017
    • British Council Edinburgh Showcase Pitch Sessions
    Invited to perform at
    • 2018 Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival
    • 2018 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
    • National Museum of Scotland
    • Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival in Taiwan
    • Singapore International Festival of Arts
    • Sweden’s Malmo Summerfest
    • Lund’s Sommarlund
    • Sommarscen Malmö
    • Dunfermline Carnegie Libarary &Galleries
    • Dumfries& Galloway Arts Festival
    • Hidden Door Festival
    • Merchant City Festival
    • Tanzmesse

    Booking Details

    Stage Area Dimensions : each duet can be adapted to the site and performed in multiple locations such as museums and galleries, cafes and bars, foyers etc.

    Duration: 50mins /adaptable depending on number of duets required

    Lighting Requirements: no lighting required

    Sound requirements: the company tours two portable suitcase stereo systems with rechargeable batteries

    Touring Company: five or six on the road – four dancers, choreographer plus production manager if required

    Touring: from May 2018 onward

    Installation Fees: on application

    Bookings and Information:

    Asia, Australia, USA & Selected Regions; Ping Pong Productions mengtong@pingpongarts.org

    France, Belgium & Selected Regions; Global Arts Link globalartslink@gmail.com