Droopy Met Hal/Degeneration

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 6-Sat 7 Oct & Sat 14 Oct


The Traverse has long been the home of innovative theatre, but increasingly it’s also the place to catch ground-breaking dance. Two different but equally interesting companies are heading for the venue this fortnight, each with an international flavour.

Award-winning choreographer Hofesh Shechter was born and trained in Israel before becoming Associate Artist at London’s hotbed of contemporary dance, The Place. His triple-bill, deGENERATION features two ensemble works and a duet, one of which won a special audience award at The Place Prize in 2004. Mixing humour with themes of power and despair, Shechter is regarded as one of the most outstanding young choreographers at work in the UK today.

Visitors to the Aurora Nova venue during the Edinburgh Fringe will be familiar with the unique work created by Germany’s Fabrik Potsdam. A collaboration between this group and Aberdeenshire performance company, Dundendance has produced Droopy met Hal.

Inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock and Buster Keaton, the show fuses slapstick, silent film footage and the intriguing tale of a crumbling house and its unusual residents. Created in Germany and Scotland over the past twelve months, the show features footage shot in an Aberdeen forest and a medieval castle in Brandenburg, generating a feel of faded Hollywood grandeur.

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