Call for Movers and Dance Artists in Tayside: Echo in the Dark

Echo in the Dark is a forthcoming music and performance project by artist, musician and vocalist Hanna Tuulikki that explores the interconnections of raving and bat echolocating as a model for ecological coexistence. Tuning into more-than-human rhythms and frequencies, the beats and melodies of the music are made entirely from recordings of bat echolocation calls fused with the sounds of Tuulikki’s voice. Conceived as a love letter to dance music, Echo in the Dark will culminate in a series of ‘silent’ bat raves taking place at Hospitalfield on the 8th, 9th and 10th September.

Tuulikki is currently developing this new sound and performance work with musician / producer Tommy Perman and movement director / choreographer Will Dickie.

We are seeking confident movers with an enthusiasm for participatory live events to work with movement director Will Dickie in developing the choreography. We are looking for performers who have experience working in live art, performance and/or dance contexts. We are open to any body shape, and do not expect performers to be trained dancers. Instead, we are looking for people who love ‘raving’ and moving with people in a club environment. 

The choreography will involve moving to electronic dance music created from bat echolocation calls and the human voice, using a simple vocabulary that can be shared with members of the audience. The dancers will act as ‘guides’, leading  the audience on a journey through the work, directing attention to different sonic and visual aspects of the human-bat hybrid ‘world’. We anticipate that movers will have experience of working with people and/or facilitation.


To be considered please send to us:

  • A copy of your CV (including experience of participatory dance work or facilitation)
  • Location where you’re based (we are prioritising working with practitioners in the tayside region)
  • Video examples of your work (optional, but encouraged)


Please submit information by Monday 30 May at 5pm here:



Total fee of £1580 to cover: Development of work, rehearsal and performances.

Travel, sustenance and accommodation (if applicable) will be provided by Hospitalfield.


Dates required:

15 – 17 June 2022 at Hospitalfield

25 – 29 July 2022 at Hospitalfield

6 – 10 September 2022 at Hospitalfield


Echo in the Dark is a project commissioned by Hospitalfield with support from Creative Scotland and the National Heritage Lottery Fund. 


Hanna Tuulikki, is an artist, composer and performer based in Glasgow. Her practice spans performance, film and multi-channel audio-visual installation, blending together vocal music, choreography, costume and drawing. Her multi-disciplinary projects investigate the ways in which the body communicates beyond and before words, to tell stories through imitation, vocalisation and gesture. Often exploring music and movement traditions across cultures, she is particularly interested in how bodily relationships and folk histories are encoded within specific environments and places.

Current and forthcoming exhibitions include British Art Show 9 (2021-22) and a major presentation at the Sydney Biennale (2022). She was Magnetic North Theatre’s first Artist Attachment supported by Jerwood Arts (2017-19) and was shortlisted for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women (2019).

Her critically acclaimed work has been commissioned and presented by organisations across visual, musical and performing arts in the UK, Europe, USA, India and Australia. Recent multi-artform projects include Under Forest Cover (2021) commissioned by Helsinki Biennial (2021), Deer Dancer (2019/2021); cloud-cuckoo-island (2016); SOURCEMOUTH : LIQUIDBODY commissioned by Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2016); SING SIGN: a close duet commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival (2015); Women of the Hill commissioned by ATLAS (2015); Away with the Birds commissioned for Glasgow 2014’s Cultural Programme and the SPACE (2014-2015). Her musical compositions have been commissioned and presented by Scottish Sculpture Workshop, BBC Radio 4, Capella Nova choir, Tectonics Festival and Red Note Ensemble. She won a Scottish Award for New Music in Sonic Arts (2017) and was twice shortlisted for a British Composer Award (2015, 2017).

Will Dickie is a maker working across dance, theatre & live art, motivated by the richness & value of audience experience. Using body, autobiography & place, he creates soulful performances for site & stage. He has dedicated 15+ yrs to performer training including time in India, Australia & Europe with key practitioners. He collaborates internationally & facilitates young, professional & disabled artists.
He is a self-produced independent performance maker, whose works receive nationwide support including Battersea Arts Centre, Heartnsoul & Arts Council England; touring to 40 different UK venues including Southbank Centre, In Between Time & Latitude Festival. In 2020 his work made its international debut at The Blue Room Theatre, Perth – West Australia’s home for independent performance. The focus of his work is to apply his performance knowledge to create live experiences for audiences that feel both accessible & exhilarating. His works include WHITE SUN (2022), CANNING TOWN (2020), THE RAVE SPACE (2019) & TEAM OF THE DECADES (2017)

Hospitalfield is an artists’ house in Arbroath on the east coast of Scotland runs a highly regarded programme of residencies, commissions and events that focus on contemporary art and ideas alongside a programme that links to the 19th century historic collections and archives. The vision of the 19th century Scottish artist Patrick Allan Fraser, Hospitalfield is one of Scotland’s most important Art and Crafts houses. In 1902 the house was left in Trust and was established as an art college and then post graduate art school. The story of Hospitalfield is tightly bound to the story of Scottish art history through the art college and the fellowships and residencies that took place throughout the 20th century which included artists such as James Cowie, Joan Eardley and many other familiar names within Scottish modernism. Today Hospitalfield’s cultural programme, designed for a wide range of audiences and working between the heritage narratives of the site and contemporary cultural programming, is anchored in the visual arts yet encourages interdisciplinarity. We maintain strong national and international working partnerships with the aim of making Hospitalfield a meeting place and cultural catalyst in the working lives of artists and creative professionals in Scotland and far beyond.