About Futuristic Folktales

5 Stars

Exhilarating… jaw-droppingly bold and clever show.

The Scotsman for And, 2022

Futuristic Folktales, a dance for hope, tells the momentous tale of the first womb, humbly attempting to unify humanity through the infinite narrative of birth. Using contemporary, breaking and Scottish Highland dance, this experimental dance theatre production questions the preservation of tradition, myth, and identity whilst scrutinising borders, body politics and reproductive injustice.

The performers share their folk story so far, inviting you to experience resistance as the work imitates the hostile environment of a womb. An environment where life and death coexist. Futuristic Folktales seeks to further dance as a form of political protest and a space for collective reckoning, otherwise, why dance?


Charlotte Mclean's practice amalgamates improvisation, voice work, imagination, self-celebration, joy and radical listening. Her choreographic work has been carved from her childhood in Arbroath, Scotland, her training at Scottish Dance Theatre and her BA at London Contemporary Dance School. She currently works across Scotland, London and Bern freelancing for various companies (including Eva Recacha and Barrowland Ballet) as well as co-founding movement bands BADBODYCHAOSCODE and Die Berner Band. The bands have influenced a lot of Charlotte's practice and have performed at the V&A London and TANZhAUS Bern amongst others. Charlotte's work engages in the political: advocating for body autonomy, reproductive justice and freedom.


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Concept and Director: Charlotte Mclean (she/her)
Creative Producer: Helen McIntosh (she/her)
Writer: Nelly Kelly (they/them)
Composer: Malin Lewis (they/them)
Lighting Designer & Production Manager: Emma Jones (she/her)
Costume Designer: Alison Brown (she/her)
Dramaturg: Rob Evans (he/him)
Performer: Astro Scheidegger (he/him)
Performer: Orrow Bell (they/them)
Technical Manager: Lynn Wiseman (she/her)
PR Storytelling PR
PR (Switzerland): Camille Jamet (she/her)
International Consultant: Nadja Dias (she/her)

Project Collaborators: Annable Cooper (she/her), Amarnah C Osajivbe-Amuldun (she/her), Chanai Bradley Fofanah (she/her), Cleo Rose McCabe (she/her), Domenico Angarano (he/him), Gina Lorenzen (she/her), Ichai Carre (he/him), Irodriel Costello (they/them), Kate Hall (she/her), Kirsty Nicolson (they/them), Lucy Suggate (she/her), Molly Scott Danter (they/them), Neil Dewar (he/him), Rebekka Hoelzle (she/her), Rhys Dennis (he/him), Sunniva Moen Rørvik (they/them)

Futuristic Folktaleshas been supported by Creative Scotland, Stadt Bern, Kanton Bern, ProHelvetia, The Place, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung SIS, Burgergemeinde Bern, Ursula Wirz Foundation, Tojo Theatre, The Space Dundee and Angus College, Dance Base, Dampfzentrale, Dansomètre, Sadlers Wells, Vakuum Bewegungsraum.