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The Illicit Thrill

8 Aug 20144 stars

Burlesque goes to the dark side with uncompromising eroticism at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Gypsy Charms is one of the original pioneers of the burlesque revival in Scotland: through her teaching, she inspired a generation of performers. The Illicit Thrill keeps her ahead of the pack, lending burlesque a darker, sleazier energy that is likely…

So What If I Dance?

8 Aug 20142 stars

Original show deconstructing stripping fails to develop characters or issues presented

Over the past few years, plays about lap-dancing have spread across the Fringe. Some of them warn about the dangers; others, like So What If I Dance? are more positive. Most of these pieces come under autobiographical theatre, adding an element of…

The best nocturnal activities during the 2014 Edinburgh Festivals

7 Aug 2014

Try something alternative like ceilidh dancing or a cabaret club night

One of the best things about Edinburgh in August has to be the wealth of indulgent after-hours fun to be found in the most unexpected of places. David Pollock picks a few highlights for those seeking a lighthearted alternative to the usual late-night…

Are you read for this jelly? The Bey Dance Workshop opens for business at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

6 Aug 2014

List writer Maud Sampson steps up to master some of Beyonce's moves

Let’s be honest – who doesn’t want to dance like Beyonce Knowles? She is the definition of sexy; in her Destiny’s Child days she wrote smash-hit song ‘Bootylicious’, a word that months later made it into the dictionary to mean a sexually attractive…

iWitness and Special Edition

4 Aug 20143 stars

Triple bill from VTDance and Scottish Ballet Dance Artists at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Notions of human behaviour ebb and flow through this triple-bill from VTDance and Scottish Ballet Dance Artists, with the latter’s Special Edition split into two parts.

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Bromance

4 Aug 20143 stars

Fresh, likeable Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance debut from young male circus school grads

Meet the members of the all-male Barely Methodical Troupe. Winners of Circus Maximus, the UK’s first circus competition, they handily come in three sizes: small (Beren D’Amico), medium (Charlie Wheeller) and large (Louis Gift). The contrast works…

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers

4 Aug 20144 stars

Contemporary Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance performance that never values style over substance

What a surprise and pleasure it was to come upon this small but gifted company from Portland, Oregon. Eowyn Emerald Barrett has crafted an unpretentious and pretty seamless 50-minute collage of dances with considerable care. Her choreographic signature…

Dirty Decadence 

4 Aug 20142 stars

Overheated Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance-drama about filthy rich young adults

The cast of director-choreographer Benjamin Seward’s modern ballet manage to suggest some of the hormonal drive of posh young things who abuse their privileged status by indulging in any and every whim. Mainly that means booze and sex – a few of the…

Circa - Beyond

3 Aug 20145 stars

Spectacular circus from Australia’s sharpest acrobats

The devoré-patterned platforms, the red-curtained backdrop, the eerie blacklight; they’re all indications of things to come in this dreamscape show from outrageously brilliant Australian troupe Circa. But no amount of set-dressing or somnambulant…

Homme/Animal

3 Aug 20144 stars

Choreographer Vendetta Mathea' latest is exactly what late night Fringe dance should be

The animal in us all is topic du jour at this year’s Fringe, from Circa’s irreverent toying with bunny heads in Beyond to Czech choreographer Lenka Vagnerová’s untamed she-wolf La Loba. In Homme/Animal, from US-born choreographer Vendetta Mathea, the…

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Sonics In Duum

3 Aug 20143 stars

Contemporary circus with a fantasy vibe

The world has turned topsy-turvy and a renegade troupe of acrobats has been consigned to live beneath the earth. That’s the premise of Italian company Sonics’ fantasy-themed acrobatics show, Duum – so named after the noise a jump makes. All the…

Brazouka

3 Aug 20144 stars

Glitz and glamour on the dancefloor

Of the two big Brazilian dance shows in this year’s Fringe, this is definitely the glitzier, more Hollywood option between the two. It’s a hair-straightened, tightly choreographed, Katy Perry and Pharrell-soundtracked stage show; a Strictly Come Brazil…

This is Brasil - The Show

3 Aug 20144 stars

Hot music and dance fresh from the favelas

When the security staff have to stop small boys in the front row from dancing on the stage, it’s a good indicator you’ve got a hit on your hands. This gloriously technicolour, tourists-eye-view of Brazil’s best bits lets you gawk, escape and admire to…

Scottish Dance Theatre and The One Ensemble collaborate on Miann

2 Aug 2014

New dance and music piece debuts at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Creative friendship lies at the heart of Scottish Dance Theatre’s new show, Miann. Kelly Apter talks to artistic director, Fleur Darkin about her collaborative choices. The Edinburgh Fringe may be the largest arts festival in the world, but it’s still a…

Three interactive dance shows at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2 Aug 2014

Prance, swing, shimmy or whirl your way along to one of these participatory shindigs

This is Ceilidh. After a successful one-off performance at last year’s Fringe, the show that combines Ceilidh, the dance you’ll most likely have done with your grandparents at Hogmanay, with a rowdy party atmosphere returns to Edinburgh and is tipped by…

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This is Ceilidh and Ready, Steady, Ceilidh! bring a touch of trad to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

31 Jul 2014

Both shows celebrate the high energy roots of traditional Scottish country song and dance

Why should cabaret acts and comedy clubs supply all the after-hours Fringe fun? This Is Ceilidh is an all-fiddling, all-piping, all-dancing hoolie from the producers of former Fringe crowdpleasers Eurobeat and Jerry Springer: The Opera which is poised…

Step Up 5: All In

30 Jul 20143 stars

The fifth instalment of the dance franchise brings together Ryan Guzman and Briana Evigan

Spectacular dance sequences and some serious dusting-the-dirt-off-your-shoulder moves make up this 'getting the gang back together' style instalment of the Step Up franchise, where favourite characters return and the dance crews head for the bright…

Children's dance show Chalk About visits 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2014

Playful yet profound dance show inspired by conversations with children

Adults spend a lot of time assuming they know what children want. So it’s refreshing to hear that choreographer Christine Devaney and her creative partner Hendrik Lebon took the time to ask children about their latest show, Chalk About. A playful yet…

Interactive children's dance workshop Ready Steady Ceilidh to run during 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2014

Show hosted by CBBC presenter Iain Stirling promises to teach bairns traditional Scottish dance

The younger counterpoint to Assembly’s late night dance show, This is Ceilidh, Ready, Steady, Ceilidh aims to introduce over-fives to the riotous pleasures of Scottish traditional dancing. Hosted by CBBC presenter and comedian Iain Stirling, it will…

Canadian ice dancing show This Is Contemporary Ice Skating visits 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2014

Unconventional troupe promise 'tap-skating' and acrobatics on ice followed by post-performance party

‘We're not cerebral artsy-fartsy intellectuals,’ says Alexandre Hamel, founder of ice-skating troupe Le Patin Libre, and one of the performers in their show This Is Contemporary Ice Skating. ‘Far from that. But through the fun of the event, we believe…

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Contemporary dance group Black Grace set for series of performances at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

29 Jul 2014

UK debut combines traditional Samoan fa'ataupati slap dance with Western choreographic techniques

Founded by choreographer Neil Ieremia in 1995, Black Grace draws upon Ieremia’s roots as a New Zealand-born Samoan for many of its themes and much of its style. His aim with the company is to create work accessible enough ‘so that someone who knows…

This is Brasil - The Show set for 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

29 Jul 2014

Music, dance, film and football in an exuberant production celebrating the spirit of carnival

The World Cup may have dampened the spirits of Brazil’s residents, but as audiences will witness this August, triumphing over adversity is in the country’s DNA. Led by Brazilian singing sensation, Magary Lord, This is Brasil – The Show brings…

Dance show Missing set for series of performances in 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

29 Jul 2014

Poignant duet about lives left in limbo by Dublin-based CoisCéim Dance Theatre

An average of 8000 people are reported missing in Ireland every year. While the majority are found, those who remain untraced leave behind a sea of heartbreak and unanswered questions. Dublin-based CoisCéim Dance Theatre is known for its engaging…

Award-winning dance show Athletes set for 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

29 Jul 2014

Unconventionally beautiful choreography by Riccardo Buscarini to great Hitchcock score

This beautiful, unconventional trio by Riccardo Buscarini won the 2013 Place Prize, a London-based gong sometimes described as the UK dance equivalent of the Turner Prize. It’s a strange, striking work featuring females encased in tight, white…

Cross-disciplinary show Malasombra set for series of performances in 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

29 Jul 2014

Dark fable from Spanish company has toured host of countries including Brazil, Iran and Iraq

Cross-disciplinary shows may be standard Fringe fare these days, but few pieces can boast the line-up of Malasombra, which combines theatre, dance, video art, cartoon-techniques, shadow effects and heavy metal to tell a dark, fable-esque tale. ‘I…