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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…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

Fusion dance show Tabularasa set for 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

29 Jul 2014

Young Birmingham dance-maker thinks outside the box using Angolan kizomba dance in innovative way

A sensual, athletic mix of African and contemporary dance, this 40-minute performance from Keneish Dance springs from choreographer Keisha Grant’s interest in how people function and connect to others. ‘Relationships, work and pleasure motivated it. But…

Italian dance duo to perform Maria Addolorata piece at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

29 Jul 2014

A moving exploration of the universality of human suffering through dance

It’s an old cliché that artists have to suffer for their discipline. But Italian dancers Chiara Taviani and Carlo Massari are pushing this notion further than most, in a show that aims to investigate the experience of human suffering. ‘We find it…

Edinburgh Festivals 2014: three stage productions from New Zealand

28 Jul 2014

Highlights include Arthur Meek’s On the Upside Down of the World and Lemi Ponifasio's I AM

In the popular view of the northern hemisphere – and indeed, much of the country’s neighbours – New Zealand is a remote idyll populated by hobbits and sheep where not very much ever happens. Yet history tells us that a country so young is unlikely to be…

The Warriors: A Love Story visits Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

25 Jul 2014

Multi-media dance ensemble captures war-time romance inspired by American-German couple

Sifting through a trunk of mementos after his grandmother’s death, a young musician starts to see his grandparents through different eyes. When they fell in love; how she, a young German dancer, survived the 1945 bombing of Dresden; their post-war life…

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Edinburgh International Festival 2014: 10 unmissable programme highlights

22 Jul 2014

Featuring Kronos Quartet, Helen Lawrence and Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

Czech Philharmonic Two concerts from the orchestra conducted by Jiri Belohlavek. The first features Nicola Benedetti as they tackle Janácek, Korngold and Martinu together, while the second has mezzo soprano Bernarda Fink singing the powerful ‘Biblical…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 10 strange, site-specific venues

22 Jul 2014

Featuring phone shops, police boxes, rickshaws, caravans and a boxing gym

A boxing gym An amateur boxing club becomes the set for this verbatim theatre piece based on interviews with Muslim female boxers, using a cast of 16–18-year-olds. No Guts, No Heart, No Glory, Sandy’s Boxing Gym, Craigmillar, 226 0000, 18–25 Aug…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 5 shows that straddle contemporary dance and physical theatre

22 Jul 2014

Featuring Maria Addolorata, Pss Pss, Missing, Malasombra and Origin

Maria Addolorata Italian duo Carlo Massari and Chiara Taviani are C&C Company, and here they deliver an intense investigation into coping with pain. This piece has already won an award in France, and is the first chapter in their proposed Trilogy of…

The 20 best shows at the 2014 Edinburgh Festivals

15 Jul 2014

Stuck to know what you must see this festival? Here's 20 suggestions from across the festivals

The James Plays. Edinburgh International Festival. Sofie Gråbøl, Blythe Duff and Jamie Sives are among the actors appearing in Rona Munro’s highly anticipated historical trilogy.

Bal Moderne mixes dance, period dress and audience participation at 2014 Edinburgh International Festival

15 Jul 2014

Audience members learn dances at show inspired by the songs and dances of wartime Europe

The words ‘audience’ and ‘participation’ can still strike terror into the spines of punters and critics alike. If you add the word ‘dance’ into the equation, then that fear is simply heightened. But in recent years, dance shows that blur and break the…