In the Ink Dark

In The Ink Dark. Dance Base, May_June 2017

Dreamt as a living poem, it is a wander along the water, a seat beside someone on a bench, a conversation, a landscape of words written with bodies, a space for you to reflect, remember, imagine, in honour of things loved and lost

In the Ink Dark is a new project from Luke Pell and collaborators

A dance and a poem made from memory and from conversation. Throughout May and June a series of conversations and encounters with different people in Leith and Edinburgh will lead to a week of live dance performances in unique spaces across the city, opening as part of LeithLate17 in the Leith Theatre.

Performed by an eclectic group of dance and performance artists with an original music composition, In the Ink Dark collects and explores – people from Leith and Edinburgh’s – experiences of loss and landscape, memory and materiality through dance, design and poetry.

Luke draws upon his own and others stories to make objects, dances and installations that can only exist because of different people coming together to listen and to share. He has been developing this project over the past three years which invites people from all walks of life to talk with him, to share, reflect and celebrate something they have loved and lost. In the Ink Dark is an immersive project with different moments and modes of participation, an accumulative poem and choreography – for live and virtual space -that can only be made by the many people it meets with.

For more information about the project and to book tickets go to

Photo Brian Hartley.