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Award winners Janis Claxton (choreographer) and Pippa Murphy (composer) join forces with a team of world-class dancers for a series of short, contemporary dance duets choreographed specifically for public spaces.

POP-UP DUETS (fragments of love) is a series of 5-minute, contemporary dance duets designed for a wide range of public spaces such as museums, galleries, cafes, libraries etc.

Bringing together the talents of award winners Janis Claxton (choreographer) and Pippa Murphy (composer) with four world-class dancers, POP-UP DUETS is designed to emerge from public situations to be enjoyed by invited as well as accidental audiences who find themselves passing by.

In 2018 POP-UP DUETS, funded by Creative Scotland toured extensively across Scotland. It also popped-up across the UK, Asia, Europe, and the USA – with a prestigious invitation to bring the work to Jacob’s Pillow. Janis Claxton Dance was the first Scottish group to perform at Jacob’s Pillow since the Celtic Ballet of Scotland, founded by Margaret Morris, made its U.S. debut at the Pillow in 1954.

Further international appearances saw Janis Claxton Dance performing alongside L-E-V Dance Company and Ballet Preljocaj at the Singapore International Festival of Arts in April, at Sweden’s Malmo Summerfest and Lund’s Sommarlund in July, Tanzmesse in Germany and at Lincoln Center Out of Door’s Festival in New York.

Back on UK soil, POP-UP DUETS (fragments of love) toured to Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (April), Perth (May), Liverpool (May), Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival (May), Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh (May/June), Merchant City Festival, Glasgow (August), National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh (August).


National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street EH1 1JF view map
Aug 4, 5 Previews 15:30

Free – non-ticketed

Aug 10-14, 17-21, 24-28 15:30

Free – non-ticketed



Paul Burns, Freelance Consultant, talks about 'Pop Up Duets (fragments of love)' and the reasons why the show was selected to be a part of MiS Showcase 2016:

Pop Up Duets (fragments of love) from Made in Scotland on Vimeo.


National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street EH1 1JF

  • Aug 4, 5 Previews 15:30
  • Aug 10-14, 17-21, 24-28 15:30

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Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

80 Meishuguan Road Kaohsiung


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Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

80 Meishuguan Road Kaohsiung


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Pier-2 Art Center

No.1 Dayong Rd. Yancheng Dist. Kaohsiung City 803


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Lincoln Center Education

New York


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internationale tanzmesse nrw, nrw landesbuero tanz, Im MediaPark 7, 50670 Köln


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New Baltic Dance Festival

Šiltadaržio g. 6, LT-01124 Vilnius, Lithuania


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Singapore International Festival of Arts

Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore


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Jacob's Pillow

358 George Carter Road, Becket MA, 01223 USA


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Fair Saturday



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Sommarscen Malmo



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Azkuna Zentora

Arriquíbar Plaza, 4, 48010 Bilbo, Bizkaia


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