Irish company ponydance return to Fringe 2012 with Anybody Waitin'?
The team follow up on their successful 2010 show Where Did It All Go Right?
This article is from 2012.
In August 2010, an Edinburgh nightclub was commandeered for an entirely new use. In some ways, it was business as usual – beer was served, steps were danced and flirtations took place. Only this time, it was performers, rather than clubbers, doing the drinking, dancing and dating.
Mixing tight dance routines with well-crafted comedy, Where Did It All Go Right? was a highlight of that year’s Fringe. Two years later, the people responsible – Ireland’s ponydance company – are back to take over another late night establishment.
New work, Anybody Waitin’? explores the time we spend waiting for something to happen. One character is waiting for a friend, another for a man, while a third is waiting to be included. As before, the characterisation comes from close to home.
‘We draw very much on ourselves and parts of our own personalities,’ says dancer and co-choreographer Leonie McDonagh, ‘so it’s coming from somewhere real and you don’t have to force it. We also love to people watch, so that inspired this piece just as it did Where Did It All Go Right?, except we exaggerate everything and make it larger than life. Our work is ridiculous at times, but there’s always a good helping of honesty about it.’
Dance Base @ Silk Nightclub, 225 5525, 3–16 Aug (not 6 & 13), 8pm, £12 (£10).