Scottish Dance Theatre



Tough girls and pretty boys living life in the margins, dreaming about being at the centre. Velvet Petal explores the transformative power of beauty, created out of whatever is on the bedroom floor. The dancers experiment, seduce and philosophise through their bodies, clothing and ideas. 

This fresh new work from Scottish Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Fleur Darkin is inspired by the life-cycle of the monarch butterfly and Robert Mapplethorpe’s polaroids. Set to a fresh dance-punk score arranged by Torben Lars Sylvest, including music by LCD Soundsystem, Spoek Mathambo and Four Tet.

Scottish Dance Theatre is Scotland’s principal contemporary dance company and is fast becoming one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in Europe. SDT is a research engine for dance, and commission the most exciting choreographers to make original and exclusive works that they bring to Scotland and the world. 

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“Lively, playful and gutsy and guaranteed to put a spring in your step.”

Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“A truly compelling piece, exquisitely performed.”

The Stage

“Darkin’s choreography is fresh and clever.”

The Wee Review

“An erotic and electrifying dance-drama.”

Edinburgh Guide

Image by Brian Hartley