Dance, Kelly Apter
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Dance Base & Dance House4 Jan 2008
DANCE CLASSES There was a time when dance classes meant scraped back buns, stern ballet teachers and splinters from the church hall floor. Not anymore. At the sleek studios of Edinburgh’s Dance Base, there’s not a loose plank in sight, and enjoyment…
Paria23 Aug 2007
‘Please take off your shoes,’ said the sign by the door. So we did, expecting some form of audience participation on a delicate floor. Instead, the entire show passed with no involvement for our stockinged/bare feet whatsoever. The real reason didn’t…
Scottish Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty29 Nov 2007
CHRISTMAS BALLET Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Tue 11–Sat 29 Dec Since his arrival at Scottish Ballet, Ashley Page has been like a Christmas cracker – when his festive shows open, you never know what you’ll find inside. Both The Nutcracker and Cinderella…
Richard Alston Dance Company1 Nov 2007
CONTEMPORARY DANCE Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 13 Nov Music – some choreographers can’t start work without it, while for others it’s the final piece in the jigsaw. But for Martin Lawrance, dancer and choreographer with Richard Alston Dance…
Rambert Dance Company1 Nov 2007
CONTEMPORARY DANCE Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 7–Fri 9 Nov Grace, finesse and refinement – three things every Rambert dancer has at their disposal. But the arrival of Australian choreographer, Garry Stewart this summer, turned the company on…
The Car Man18 Oct 2007
DANCE THEATRE Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 30 Oct–Sat 3 Nov The small town of Harmony, USA has two things in abundance – heat and hormones. Both of which drive the town’s spirited young folk to acts of lust, infidelity and violence. Originally…
Susan and Darren4 Oct 2007
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 17–Sat 20 Oct DANCE THEATRE Reality television may dominate the small screen, but seldom has it found its way into the theatre. And although the creators of Susan and Darren find the term ‘Reality Theatre’ too…
Scottish Dance Theatre6 Sep 2007
In the past ten years, Scottish Dance Theatre has commissioned over 30 works, none more captivating, emotive and engaging than Liv Lorent’s Luxuria. So it’s little wonder that for its 21st anniversary tour, the Dundee-based company has chosen to…
Trisha Brown Dance Company23 Aug 2007
In 1962, one building in New York City became the centre of the modern dance world. Artists flocked to Judson Memorial Church to produce work, and when they left, went on to influence dancers and choreographers around the world. But when I ask Trisha…
John Moran and his Neighbour, Saori16 Aug 2007
First off, this is not the show we’re supposed to see. At time of reviewing, the eponymous Saori was still in New York, nursing a burnt foot. By the end of Moran’s Edinburgh run, the Japanese dancer should be on stage with him – albeit slightly less…
The Mothers Bones9 Aug 2007
Inspiration can strike in the most unlikely of places, and for Kath Burlinson it was inside a cave in the Dordogne. Surrounded by ancient drawings, she hit upon the idea of The Mother’s Bones, a show which explores three ages of womanhood.
Druthers1 Aug 2007
Last year, Bristol-based company Precarious Dance proved that dance, physical theatre and technology can work together in perfect harmony.
Méli Mélo II1 Aug 2007
To parody something, you have to know it inside out, which is why The Chicos Mambo are so good at what they do.
Into The Hoods1 Aug 2007
One of the undisputed hits of last year’s Fringe is making a welcome return to Edinburgh.
Sorry, Love!1 Aug 2007
The dance world is full of labels, styles and genres. But sometimes, pigeonholing just isn’t possible.
State of Matter1 Aug 2007
When 2FaCeD DaNcE company first came to the Fringe in 2004, their young, energetic approach to breakdance won them a legion of fans.
Maximum Crew1 Aug 2007
In recent years, Korea has emerged as a hotbed of breakdance talent. And one of the company’s most revered breakdance companies, Maximum Crew is about to hit the Fringe like a brick through a window. Known for its incredible synchronised routines, the…
5 Questions - X Factor1 Aug 2007
Alan Greig, artistic director of Scottish contemporary dance company, X Factor lays it on the line. Give 5 reasons why people should come and see your show, Morceaux Choisis & Ragnarok - Our double bill is exciting, dynamic, physical, visual and has…
Dance Base Presents . . .1 Aug 2007
Once again, our National Centre for Dance has assembled an eclectic Fringe programme.
Dance Base19 Jul 2007
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Teenage boys, a footballer’s wife, a sprightly septuagenarian and a man in a dress. Kelly Apter talks to artistic director Morag Deyes about this year’s Dance Base programme
On Danse19 Jul 2007
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh International Festival Animal attraction Merging choreography and video imagery does not always make for hugely successful dance productions. Kelly Apter finds French duo Montalvo and Hervieu showing the rest how it should really be done
Leitmotif19 Jul 2007
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Andrew Dawson went on a deeply personal journey for his last Fringe hit. Kelly Apter discovers that his new dance show goes straight for the entertainment jugular
Trisha Brown Dance Company19 Jul 2007
Edinburgh International Festival
From rejection to reverement, Trisha Brown has seen it all. Kelly Apter speaks to the woman whose career began almost 50 years ago, and who is playing the Festival for the first time
Mark Bruce Dance Company5 Jun 2007
CONTEMPORARY DANCE Sometimes you have to leave things behind to move forward. Trained as a dancer, Mark Bruce has performed and choreographed with companies across the world. But he has also turned his back on the dance world on several occasions, to…
Introdans Ensemble for youth and NDT222 May 2007
MODERN DANCE Double Dutch usually implies confusion and misunderstanding. But in Edinburgh this month, it means two tasty helpings of dance from the Netherlands. Hot on each other’s heels, Introdans Ensemble for Youth and Nederlands Dans Theater 2…