Photo: Brian Hartley

Photo: Brian Hartley

Robbie Synge studied science but now makes performance, film, objects and other things rooted in choreographic thinking around the body and its meeting points and touch with people, objects and the natural and built environment. He lives in a small village in the Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland and works nationally and internationally.

Robbie originally studied BSc (Hons) Physiology at Edinburgh University (2001), before working for several years in the science, health and education sectors in the UK and abroad. His movement-based practice was founded in skateboarding and martial arts practice before much later studying on the Postgraduate Certificate: Dance in the Community programme at Laban, London (2009).

Robbie has worked regularly in performance of a participatory nature with young people and adults. Highlights include Rosemary Lee’s Common Dance (2009) and Fevered Sleep’s Men and Girls Dance (2016).

His practice in recent years has pursued a focus on physical and choreographic potentials of the body, often involving object or architectural elements, and manifesting in a number of performances in theatre and public spaces and through other mediums. Settlement (2012) was commissioned by The Place, London, for The Place Prize. Douglas (2014) was commissioned by Yorkshire Dance, since presented across the UK and wider Europe and was part of the Aerowaves network selection for 2016, and continues to tour.

Julie & Robbie is the overall ten-year long practice with London-based performing artist Julie Cleves. As its starting point Julie and Robbie investigate how they can be/sit/move together in different physical places and terrains. As a result, they design and make objects that they use to overcome access challenges (e.g. sitting on grass or moving along a bumpy path). Their actions are collected through film documentation and provide a context for sharing their practice and the many themes arising in performances and discussions.

Ensemble sees the continued collaboration with Lucy Boyes and Edinburgh-based performers Judy Adams, Angus Balbernie and Christine Thynne that challenges audience (and our own) expectations around age and professionalism in performance, and its context of presentation.

Based in a rural setting that both informs and supports his practice, Robbie has a strong interest in encouraging alternative design of centralized and city-based institution expectations and initiatives, and the opportunity for activity and development out-with the city involving professional artists in connection with local communities.

Robbie was an associate artist at Tramway, Glasgow in 2016-17, Dance Base, Edinburgh in 2017-19 and is currently an associate artist with Moray-based Dance North.