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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…

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…

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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…

Lenka Vagnerová brings two dance pieces to 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

Czech dance star's Riders and La Loba features singer Jana Vébrová and actress Tereza Voríšková

As the judges take to the stage, the tension starts to mount. The 20th annual Czech Dance Platform (CDP) has just come to a close, and here in the Ponec Theatre on the outskirts of Prague, this year’s award-winners are about to be announced. In keeping…

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Interview: Pamela Stephenson Connolly on bringing dance show Brazouka to 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

Brazouka uses dance lambazouk and other Brazilian dances to tell life story of dancer Braz Dos Santo

While the world’s eyes have recently been fixed on Brazil’s football stadiums, a troupe of that nation’s dancers are limbering up to showcase a different kind of intricate footwork in Edinburgh. Brazilian dance show Brazouka, written and lead-produced…

New Zealand dance and theatre company MAU visit 2014 Edinburgh International Festival with I AM

15 Jul 2014

Choreographer Lemi Ponifasio on the creative influences behind his new show I AM

‘Inspired by’ is a loose term for many creators, but when Samoan-born choreographer Lemi Ponifasio talks about his influences, it’s best not to expect a literal representation. Ponifasio’s New Zealand-based collective MAU was last seen at the Edinburgh…

Akram Khan Company bring their show Gnosis to 2014 Edinburgh International Festival

15 Jul 2014

Dancer and creator Akram Khan is back on fighting form with work based a Hindu goddess

Touring the world for two years with one of Britain’s most revered theatre directors would be a dream come true for most performers. But when you’re 13 years old and accustomed to spending time watching Michael Jackson videos to perfect your dance…

Opinion: What legacy will the Commonwealth Games cultural programme leave?

15 Jul 2014

'The aftermath of the Commonwealth Games arts programme will define its worth'

Before accepting his honorary doctorate from Edinburgh University this month, Eugenio Barba offered a few thoughts on the purpose of theatre. 'It is,' he said, in his lilting accent, accentuating his words with florid hand gestures, 'about making the…

Interview: choreographer Marc Brew on new outdoor project (i)Land

14 Jul 2014

‘I love creating outdoor work as there are no preconceptions about contemporary dance or disability'

When you happen upon a pile of sand in the middle of the street, it usually pertains to a building endeavour. But when the Commonwealth Games are in town, you learn to expect the unexpected – in this case, choreographer Marc Brew and his new dance work…

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Interview: choreographer Natasha Gilmore on site-specific, 150-person production The River

14 Jul 2014

The Commonwealth-themed show uses a multi-generational cast to explore immigration and emigration

Never let it be said that Natasha Gilmore is afraid of hard work. In recent years, the choreographer has stepped outside the conventions of dance creation on more than one occasion – but The River could be her biggest challenge yet. Set along the…

Merchant City Festival boosted to 11 days for Commonwealth Games

11 Jul 2014

The multi-arts fest incorporates several smaller festivals, including Surge and Get Scotland Dancing

An established fixture of Glasgow’s summer for some years now, the Merchant City Festival is set to expand dramatically this year thanks to its official association with the Commonwealth Games as one of four Live Zones across the city. For one year only…

20 unmissable events during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

9 Jul 2014

With so much going on during the Commonwealth Games, we round up the highlights to sprint along to

Queen’s Baton Relay Various locations across Scotland, until Tue 22 Jul Look out for additional cultural and sporting events taking place along the route to ensure everyone is part of the build-up to the Games. The Marathon Storytelling Cycling…

Anna Kenrick, artistic director of YDance, recommends her favourite dance events in June

17 Jun 2014

Claire Cunningham, Michael Clark and the Cottier Dance Project are among her highlights

This month is an incredibly busy and exciting one for dance in Scotland and particularly Glasgow, so it was really hard to pick just one event that draws me to it. Guide Gods is a show I am definitely going to immerse myself in as Claire Cunningham’s…

John Talabot set for date at Glasgow's Subculture

10 Jun 2014

Barcelona producer and DJ continues to grow reputation with further live dates

Barcelona’s John Talabot has told the story of his very earliest days in music, when he was just transitioning from a love of atmospheric guitar music like Joy Division to soaking up the sounds of Jeff Mills, Aphex Twin and the stables of Warp and…

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The Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival 2014 is a showcase for 'choreographic excellence'

10 Jun 2014

Anna Kenrick of YDance: ‘You’re going to see the power and energy that young people bring'

Sitting with 115 applications in front of her, and just 36 slots in the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival available, Anna Kenrick had her work cut out. As artistic director of YDance, it was her job to say yes or no to young dancers from around the…

HOT gives 'a flavour of what is most interesting about contemporary Australian dance’

10 Jun 2014

The dance events showcase the talents of Lucy Guerin Inc, Marrugeku and more

Sitting at his desk at the University of Melbourne, Robert Walton is over 10,000 miles away from Tramway when I speak to him. But in his mind’s eye, the spaces, atmosphere and audiences at the venue are all crystal clear. Prior to his relocation to…

Interview: dancer Claire Cunningham on new show Guide Gods

10 Jun 2014

The show explores the relationships people hold between disability and religion

As a dancer who performs on crutches, Claire Cunningham has explored her disability via a number of entertaining and thought-provoking shows in recent years. But it was a chance encounter in Cambodia that made her stop, think, and create a brand new…

Matthew Bourne's Lord of the Flies heralds success of Re:Bourne youth dance project

22 May 2014

Young dancers with no prior experience have crafted an edgy adaptation of William Golding’s novel

To credit a choreographer with changing lives sounds like hyperbole. But in the case of Matthew Bourne, it’s unquestionably true. Not only has Bourne’s accessible work (Swan Lake et al) created a legion of dance fans, but his Re:Bourne project has…

Israeli-born choreographer Sharon Eyal: 'I never work with mirrors, it all comes from inside'

15 May 2014

The former Batsheva dancer discusses moving to Nederlands Dans Theater 2

Like most dance studios, the walls at Nederlands Dans Theater are lined with mirrors, throwing back the reflection of dancers who spend hours perfecting a move that will last mere seconds. But walking into the company’s headquarters in the Hague to…