Haud Close Tae Me – Short Dance Film

  • A dance film examining the connection between our younger and older selves. Created for Scottish Ballet's 2017 Digital Season, this short features a duet between a professional ballerina and an older dancer. The piece is set to a specially-commissioned poem by Scotland's 'Makar' Jackie Kay, who narrates the poem accompanied by the electronica of Alex Menzies.

    Haud Close Tae Me has been selected for a number of festivals including the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Aesthetica Film Festival and Underwire Film festival where it has been nominated for best film in the 'XX' category.

    “A celebration of our endless capacity to embrace what comes next, regardless of age, Kay’s words are like a third dancer in this deeply moving duet ... (a woman and her younger self we assume).” – The Scotsman
    “A directorial triumph for Eve McConnachie, Scottish Ballet’s in-house filmmaker, the piece is rich with emotive close-ups – the twist of a hand, glimpse of a cheek, flutter of an eyelash or drag of a pointe shoe across the floor.” – The Scotsman
  • Behind the Scenes Gallery (photos by Christina Riley)
  • Credits

    Dancers: Jill Ferguson & Mia Thompson
    Director: Eve McConnachie
    Choreographer: Christopher Hampson
    Producer: Charlotte Gross for Scottish Ballet
    Poem: Jackie Kay
    Soundtrack: Alex Menzies
    Project Mentor/Director of Photography: Michael Sherrington 
    Director of Photography: Nick Aiton
    Camera Assistant: Arif Nadeem
    Runner: Marie Liden
    Colourist: Oscar Sansom
    Hair & Make-Up: Jak Morgan
    With thanks: Sarah Potter, Carrie McAdam & The Forest of Black