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Russian troupe prove handy when it comes to dance

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This article is from 2012.

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It’s the hands rather than the feet that do the dancing in this original show from St Petersburg-based Hand Made Theatre. With nothing but rolled up sleeves, white gloves and a well-timed UV light to aid them, the ensemble create patterns, puppets and giant shapes to a soundtrack that shifts from Grieg’s Piano Concerto to Swan Lake to Flower of Scotland.

The show’s most successful sketches come either when they use their hands as puppets – a parody of the cygnet dance from Swan Lake is wonderfully done, starting with dinky dextrous fingers then reprised as a full-arm version – or when the UV light is on them, picking out their white disembodied gloves, making their arms float like an artist’s brush strokes from one image to the next. A Picasso-esque face melts into an opening flower, Nessie becomes a Highland dancer.

In these sections the effect of animation in action is so strong it’s easy to forget there are humans attached to the floating arms, let alone a whole team of them working in harmony.

Assembly Roxy, 623 3030, until 27 Aug (not 13 & 20), 2.30pm, £11 (£10).

This article is from 2012.

Time for Fun

  • 3 stars

This unique troupe from St Petersburg create an exceptionally beautiful and upbeat show using only their hands. You'll be surprised how rich a show could be without decor, properties or costumes. Hundreds of images will catch your imagination: landscapes, wilful heroes, funny situations, ballets of birds and parades of…

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