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Our Archive

Here you can discover previous International Festival events

Hocus Pocus

Philippe Saire Company

A captivating visual spectacle for families, bringing together dance, theatre and visual art to tell a fantastical tale of bravery.

10-12 August 2018


Akram Khan Company

A large-scale free outdoor dance performance, Kadamati brings together hundreds of local dancers in a grand gesture of unity outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

22 August 2018

Love Cycle: Love Chapter 2

L-E-V Dance Company / Sharon Eyal / Gai Behar

Dark and provocative Love Chapter 2 is one of two complementary, standalone dance pieces from the world-renowned L-E-V Dance Company.

10-12 August 2018

Love Cycle: OCD Love

L-E-V Dance Company / Sharon Eyal / Gai Behar

Intensely kinetic OCD Love is one of two complementary, standalone dance pieces from the world-renowned L-E-V Dance Company.

9-11 August 2018

Cold Blood

Michèle Anne De Mey / Jaco Van Dormael / Kiss & Cry Collective

Three virtuoso dancers use only their hands to create a tender and humorous story that is filmed live in front of an audience. 

4-6 August 2018


Company Wayne McGregor

Trailblazing choreographer and director Wayne McGregor’s new work explores the algorithmic nature of the human body to create a unique performance every time.

11-13 August 2018


Akram Khan Company

Marking the great dancer's final performances in a full-length production, Akram Khan’s XENOS confronts the tragedy of the First World War. 

16-18 August 2018


Paco Peña Flamenco Company

World-renowned flamenco guitarist Paco Peña brings a very personal new work to the Festival.

27-28 August 2014

Sweet Mambo

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

The relationships between women and men are explored in the inimitable style of the great Pina Bausch.

23-25 August 2014


Akram Khan Company

Pursuing the idea of the 'knowledge within', Gnosis is an exploration of the inner and outer battles of characters.

19-21 August 2014



Stunning work, exploring the legacy of the First World War and the seismic impact the conflict had around the world.

16-17 August 2014


Inala – meaning abundance of goodwill – is a muscular and beautiful blend of South African and Western cultures.

10-12 August 2014

Natalia Osipova and Guests

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Russell Maliphant / Arthur Pita

Multi award-winning Russian classical ballerina Natalia Osipova, and a company of dancers, perform three brand new dance works created specially for her.

12-14 August 2016

Scottish Ballet

Crystal Pite / Angelin Preljocaj

Sensuality, brutality and spellbinding spectacle come together in a double bill of major contemporary dance works from Scotland’s national ballet company, radically contrasting in their dance styles, but equally powerful in their extreme emotional impact.

18-20 August 2016


Kabinet K

Raw is dynamic dance theatre, made by children, for children, and for adults too, best for children aged 12 and over.

27-28 August 2016


The Holy Body Tattoo / Live music from Godspeed You! Black Emperor

monumental has been hailed as a landmark in contemporary dance, bringing together two of Canada’s most uncompromising performing arts groups – The Holy Body Tattoo and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

8-9 August 2016

Chotto Desh

Akram Khan Company / A work for families

Fusing dance, storytelling, interactive animation and specially composed music, Chotto Desh is a bewitching dance-theatre tale of a young man’s dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh, created for children and their families to enjoy together.

13-14 August 2016


Deborah Colker Dance Company

Straight from the heart of Rio de Janeiro, Deborah Colker Dance Company transports Aleksandr Pushkin’s famous tale of young love, passion, obsession and rejection from 19th-century Russia to contemporary, sultry Brazil.

11 August 2012

And then, one thousand years of peace

Ballet Preljocaj

Initially created in collaboration with the Bolshoi Theatre, the work fuses two distinct styles of movement – the fast, driving power of Preljocaj's contemporary work with the grand classical ballet of the Bolshoi.

17 August 2012


Batsheva Dance Company

A thrilling spectacle of movement, an emotional rollercoaster that successfully highlights the uniqueness of each one of the dancers.

30 August 2012

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event Five Telegrams

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams

Leith Theatre Copy 1

Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside