Preview: In the Wine takes us on a journey from grape to glass

Java Dance Theatre's latest Fringe show is immersive to the last drop

Preview: In the Wine takes us on a journey from grape to glass

The last time we saw Java Dance Theatre at the Fringe, they were welcoming us onboard a double decker for a fabulously chaotic ride called Back of the Bus. Happily, that show has returned, along with new production, In the Wine, which continues the New Zealand company's ethos of involving audiences in a way that never intimidates.

'We love coming up with new and outrageous ways to immerse the audience without putting them on the spot,' says artistic director, Sacha Copland. 'In the Wine does this by having the audience seated in the round, tempting them with different smells throughout the show, feeding them grapes, giving them scented confetti to throw, surrounding them with live cello, violin and percussion, and staging a "war of the grapes" over them. Every sense is stimulated.'

There's also an optional New Zealand wine tasting after the show which, having experienced the sounds and aromas of wine-making for an hour, will no doubt prove popular. And since the show was inspired by the rituals and celebrations of vinification, there's an unashamed party vibe.

'Wine and celebration have been linked for thousands of years,' says Copland. 'So as the narrative unfolds we find every way there is to celebrate. There's a little debauchery, too.'

Assembly Checkpoint, 6–29 Aug (not 10, 15, 22), 1.10pm, £11.50–£12.50. Previews 4 & 5 Aug, £8.

In the Wine

  • 3 stars

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