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Best dance & physical theatre to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

Best of the Southside: Dance & physical theatre shows to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

Infinita / credit: Valeria Tomasulo

Highlights include Infinita, The Troth and Distinction

Move your way over to Edinburgh's Southside because this year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, some of the very best dance and physical theatre shows take place outside the city centre. Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO all have a packed programme of dancers and performance artists from around the world ready to mesmerise and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Pleasance

Infinita (Familie Flöz)
After the success of Hotel Paradiso and five-star hit Teatro Delusio, Germany's mask theatre masters return to the Fringe with their next visual comedy. In Infinita, a cast of irresistible, larger than life characters are seen both as warring children and as residents of an old people's home. The wily games of nursery one-upmanship seem hardly to change with the passage of time. Survival of the craftiest is still the rule of the day. Infinita plays out in a succession of increasingly hilarious scenes, combining poignancy, astute observation and some superbly skilled slapstick. Suitable for ages 5+.
Infinita, Pleasance Courtyard, Sat 4–Mon 27 Aug (not 13), 1.30pm, £13.50–£15.50 (£12.40–£14.50). Previews Thu 2 & Fri 3 Aug, £9.

Feed (Theatre Témoin in co-production with The Lowry and Everyman Cheltenham)
An exploration of mass media consumption, journalistic integrity and its overtaking by modern capitalism. See preview.
Feed, Pleasance Dome, Sat 4–Mon 27 Aug (not 15), 2pm, £9–£12 (£8–£11). Previews Wed 1–Fri 3 Aug, £7.

Summerhall

Taiwan Season: Once Upon a Daydream (Sun Son Theatre)
Sun Son Theatre welcomes you to a light-hearted world of live action and handcrafted animation, where the line between real life and fantasy is sweetly blurred and dreams can come true. Originally created by visual artist/actor Liu Wan Chun, this disarming show conjures up home as a safe but possibly confining place of salty tears and sugar water, bathroom karaoke and a mermaid alter ego who isn't at all as ugly as she might sometimes feel.
Taiwan Season: Once Upon a Daydream, Summerhall, Fri 3–Sun 26 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 2.40pm, £8 (£6). Previews Wed 1 & Thu 2 Aug, £5.

Cezary Goes to War (Polish Cultural Institute)
Memories of the director's own experiences of military recruitment assessments are used to redefine existing concepts to create a queer fantasy system. Written for four actors and a pianist, Nijinsky's Afternoon of a Faun comes to life in the men's dressing room, along with Moniuszko's patriotic Polish folk songs, and Shostakovich's Battle Symphony soundtracks aerobic exercises. Winner of the Best Artistic Team award at the 2017 Divine Comedy Festival (Krakow).
Cezary Goes to War, Army @ The Fringe in Association with Summerhall, Thu 16–Sat 25 Aug (not 20), 7pm, £10 (£8).

Backup (Chaliwaté Company and Focus Company)
North Pole, 4am. Under a snowstorm powerful enough to wrestle with a sequoia, a used-up van finds its way across the icecap. Three reporters land on the ice as if stepping on the moon for the first time. The Focus Company and the Chaliwaté Company collaborate for the first time to write and create a surprising and touching performance, which grows from the personal and intimate experience of daily life, to reach out to the universal.
Backup, Summerhall, Sat 4–Sun 26 Aug (not 13, 20), 10.50am, £9 (£7). Preview Fri 3 Aug, £7.

The Troth (Akademi)
A gripping story of love and loss set during World War I, blending dance, original music and archive film. Moving from rural Punjab to the Belgian trenches where young Indian men have been brought to fight for the Allies, we learn about the secret promise made by one soldier, Lehna Singh, as he makes the ultimate sacrifice to save another. Direction and choreography by Gary Clarke. Music by Shri Sriram.
Troth, Army @ The Fringe in Association with Summerhall, Sat 11–Sat 25 Aug (not 12 & 13, 19 & 20), 8.30pm, £12 (£10). Preview Fri 10 Aug, £10 (£8).

Best of the Southside: Dance & physical theatre to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

The Troth / credit: Simon Richardson

Void (V/DA and MHz, in association with Feral)
Based on JG Ballard's cult novel Concrete Island, Void meshes experimental dance and abstract glitch-video landscapes. Taking in typically Ballardian themes of dystopian worlds, liminal spaces and urban paranoia, Mele Broomes performs risk-taking choreography to the backdrop of an industrial soundscape. Part of the Made in Scotland showcase 2018.
Void, Summerhall, Wed 15–Sun 26 Aug (not 20), 7pm, £10 (£8). Preview Tue 14 Aug, £8 (£6).

East Belfast Boy (Prime Cut Productions)
Pumping techno, pulverising movement and street sharp poetry. Fintan Brady's East Belfast Boy is a cliché-free zone. Meet Davy. The things he sees. His streets. His mates. His girl and … the boys. It is what it is. It's hard to say what it is. It's just, you know, what it is. Directed by Emma Jordan, with choreography by Oona Doherty and sound design by Phil Kieran.
East Belfast Boy, Summerhall, Tue 14–Sun 26 Aug (not 20), 9pm, £16 (£12).

ZOO

As Far As We Are (CieLaroque / Helene Weinzierl)
Austrian company CieLaroque was founded in 1995 by choreographer Helene Weinzierl, with many of their productions focusing on socio-political issues. As Far As We Are is an interactive performance where you're welcomed to the laboratory test of life and society. Are we the crash-test dummies of the 21st century and if so, why? Dummies need walls. No dummy without a wall, and one question remains: How far will we fly? As far as we are.
As Far As We Are , ZOO Southside, Sun 5–Fri 17 Aug (not 6, 8, 10, 12, 14–16), 6.25pm, £12–£14 (£10–£12). Preview Fri 3 Aug, £6.

Autóctonos II (Ayelen Parolin Cie)
A quintet between pianist/composer and four dancers, Autóctonos II questions belonging to a group, in this society of endurance, indifference and productivity. Both abstract and mathematical at first sight, the piece bases its writing on the physical tenacity and commitment of its performers. A power that is highly sensitive, held together by an ever finer thread.
Autóctonos II, ZOO Southside, Tue 21–Mon 27 Aug (not 23), 6pm, £14 (£12). Previews Sun 19 & Mon 20 Aug, £12.

Best of the Southside: Dance & physical theatre to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

Autóctonos II

Bluff (CieLaroque / Helene Weinzierl)
'Our world is in order, a world in which there are unchangeable truths that are valid to everybody.' Or maybe not? Bluff is an intelligent and pointed piece of performance art. With great attention to detail, Helene Weinzierl and her company stage a unique experience looking at the question: how real is reality?
Bluff, ZOO Southside, Mon 6–Sat 18 Aug (not 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17), 6.25pm, £12–£14 (£10–£12). Preview Sat 4 Aug, £6.

Dep (Van Huynh Company)
With his latest dance work, the UK-based choreographer Dam Van Huynh explores influences from his South East Asian heritage. Dep is the Vietnamese word for beautiful. In Vietnamese culture, death is also a form of rebirth. The dancers in Dep are nude for a purpose. Fragile and vulnerable, their nudity literally strips them bare. The movement invites the audience to let go, reaching ever closer to the feeling of being alive.
Dep , ZOO Southside, Sun 5–Sat 18 Aug (not 8, 15), 4.45pm, £15 (£12). Preview Fri 3 & Sat 4 Aug, £7 (£6).

Distinction (ZOO Venues)
ZOO Venues in conjunction with DanceXchange and Dance4 present a series of new choreographic works from emerging artists in the Midlands. Don't miss the chance to see new voices in British dance. Full programme at ZOOfestival.co.uk.
Distinction, ZOO Southside, Sun 19–Mon 27 Aug, 4pm, £12 (£10).

A Life on the Silk Road (National Theatre of China)
A dynamic multimedia production from the National Theatre of China, recreating the epic journey from east to west along the historic Silk Road. In a collaboration with French theatre makers, digital projection and an electronic soundtrack complement a cast of 16. Following the success of their 2017 Edinburgh Fringe production Luocha Land, this new production by celebrated choreographer Zhao Miao once again combines Chinese mythology with powerful visuals and contemporary physical theatre.
A Life on the Silk Road , ZOO Southside, Mon 13–Fri 24 Aug (not 15), 8.15pm, £14 (£12). Preview Sun 12 Aug, £10.

Paradiso (Our Theatre)
Paradiso is a wordless physical piece presented by renowned Georgian puppetry company Our Theatre. A stunning production with creative use of puppetry and music, it tells a story of happiness and sorrow across whole lives in three old men's last days, with a fantastic cast who will move the audience to laughter and tears.
Paradiso, ZOO Charteris, Sun 19–Mon 27 Aug, 11.30am, £12 (£10).

Best of the Southside: Dance & physical theatre to see at Pleasance, Summerhall and ZOO

Paradiso

Pie Equals Square (GT Artistry)
Pie Equals Square is a structural feat that constantly evolves and folds in on itself, challenging the timeline of our shared existence. Choreographer Paula Mann's idiosyncratic, whimsical post-modernist movement combined with composer Hans Kruger's soulful sound score provides the perfect counterpoint to our rollercoaster world.
Pie Equals Square, ZOO Southside, Thu 16–Wed 22 Aug, 1pm, £14 (£12).

Step into Africa IV (34/18 Youth Dance Company)
Back at the festival for the fourth time, 34/18 Youth Dance Company bring 14 dancers, six fresh young choreographers and the experience of the artistic director, Wendi Abrahams, to perform a reboot of modern dance. This young company will show their versatility in contemporary, gumboot, pantsula and hip hop styles. Experience the vibe, energy and talent found in Cape Town, South Africa.
Step into Africa IV, ZOO Southside, Sun 5–Sat 11 Aug, 11.25am, £14 (£12).

5 Days of Falling (TrashDollys)
Sam Amos (TrashDollys) explores solitude and man's inability to articulate emotion in 5 Days of Falling. Encompassing the freedom and expressive nature of b-boying and contemporary dance while highlighting the ever-growing crisis of male suicide, this one-man show blends breathtaking physicality with words and music to magnify the final stages of a young man's journey through isolation.
5 Days of Falling , ZOO Charteris, Sun 19–Sun 26 Aug, 3.40pm, £10 (£9).

Zugunruhe (MECHANIMAL)
Zugunruhe explores the incredible flight of a marsh warbler, the world's only bird whose song echoes its migration route. Rehearsing among birds in the wetlands of Somerset, performer Tom Bailey creates a feast of bird behaviour alongside a digital sound map of the marsh warbler's journey, made by composer Rowan Evans. Developed in residence at UCL Migration Research Unit. Supported by The Leverhulme Trust, Arts Council England and Red Brick Building.
Zugunruhe, ZOO Southside, Thu 9–Sun 26 Aug (not 15), 1.45pm, £10 (£9). Previews Tue 7 & Wed 8 Aug, £7.

A Army @ The Fringe in Association with Summerhall
89 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4HU
B Pleasance Dome
1 Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AL
C ZOO Southside
117 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9ER
D Summerhall
1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
Located in the heart of Edinburgh's Southside, Summerhall is a multi-arts venue with a varying programme of events that take place all year round, from exhibitions and workshops to gigs and club nights. With a range of spaces including the TechCube, a…
E Pleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ
F ZOO Charteris
140 The Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9RR

Step Into Africa IV 

34/18 Youth Dance Company Back at the festival for the fourth time, 34/18 Youth Dance Company perform Step Into Africa IV. 14 dancers, six young fresh choreographers and the experience of the artistic director, Wendi Abrahams, makes for a reboot of modern dance. This young company will show their versatility in…

Void

  • 4 stars

V/DA and MHz, in association with Feral Based on JG Ballard's cult novel Concrete Island, Void meshes experimental dance and abstract glitch-video landscapes. Taking in typically Ballardian themes of dystopian worlds, liminal spaces and urban paranoia, Mele Broomes performs risk-taking choreography to the backdrop of…

Infinita

  • 4 stars

German mask theatre masters.

Feed

Welcome to the stimulating world of Feed where emotions are the currency and your passions and fantasies will be indulged… for a price. After the sell-out successes of The Marked and The Fantasist, Theatre Témoin return, bringing their vibrant visual style to the world of click-bait culture, fake news and cyber gluttony.

ĐẸP

Van Huynh Company Dep is the Vietnamese word for beautiful. With his latest dance work, the UK-based choreographer Dam Van Huynh explores influences from his South East Asian heritage. In Vietnamese culture, death is also a form of rebirth. The dancers in Dep are nude for a purpose. Fragile and vulnerable, their nudity…

5 Days of Falling

TrashDollys Sam Amos (TrashDollys) explores solitude and man's inability to articulate emotion in 5 Days of Falling. This one-man show blends breathtaking physicality with words and music to magnify the final stages of a young man's journey through isolation. Highlighting the ever-growing crisis of male suicide, 5 Days…

Bluff

  • 3 stars

CieLaroque / Helene Weinzierl 'Our world is in order, a world in which there are unchangable truths that are valid to everybody.' Or maybe not? Maybe one starts to shiver at the thought that it could also be quite different. Can you feel the terryfing feeling of living in the wrong film? Maybe it is true… and one…

Distinction

  • 4 stars

ZOO Venues ZOO Venues in conjunction with DanceXchange and Dance4 present a series of new choreographic works from emerging artists in the Midlands. Don’t miss the chance to see new voices in British dance. Full programme on ZOOfestival.co.uk.

Autóctonos II

Ayelen Parolin Cie A quintet between pianist/composer and four dancers, Autóctonos II questions belonging to a group, in this society of endurance, indifference and productivity. Both abstract and mathematical at first sight, the piece bases its writing on the physical tenacity and commitment of its performers. A power…

Taiwan Season: Once Upon a Daydream

Sun Son Theatre Bouncy, colourful, single female, employed but bored and lonely, seeks love and laughter. Sun Son Theatre welcomes you to a light-hearted world of live action and handcrafted animation, where the line between real life and fantasy is sweetly blurred and dreams can come true. Originally created by visual…

Backup

  • 4 stars

Chaliwaté Company and Focus Company North Pole, 4am. Under a snowstorm powerful enough to wrestle with a sequoia, a used-up van finds its way across the icecap. Three reporters land on the ice as if stepping on the moon for the first time. A bear stares straight at them. The team gets ready…

The Troth

  • 3 stars

Akademi A gripping story of love and loss set during World War One, blending dance, original music and archive film. Moving from rural Punjab to the Belgian trenches where young Indian men have been brought to fight for the Allies, we learn about the secret promise made by one soldier, Lehna Singh, as he makes the…

Cezary Goes to War

Polish Cultural Institute Memories of the director’s own experiences of military recruitment assessments are used to redefine existing concepts to create a queer fantasy system. Written for four actors and a pianist, his real-life story becomes the impulse for a performative, camp variety piece. Nijinsky’s Afternoon of…

As Far as We Are

  • 3 stars

CieLaroque / Helene Weinzierl If the impression of an accelerated overall situation ending in a crash is manifested, the mutation to the crash-test dummy has begun. Welcome to the laboratory test: life and society. Explore your limits of tolerance and stress, or in plain neoliberal: good luck! For risks and side…

Zugunruhe

  • 3 stars

MECHANIMAL Zugunruhe (zoo-gun-rue): an ornithology term for ‘migratory restlessness in birds’. This show explores the incredible flight of a marsh warbler, the world’s only bird whose song echoes its migration route. Body-compasses, magnetic fields, African sunsets, star-chasing, storm-riding, homing… Zugunruhe offers…

A Life on the Silk Road

National Theatre of China A dynamic multimedia production from the National Theatre of China, recreating the epic journey from east to west along the historic Silk Road. In a ground-breaking collaboration with French theatre makers, digital projection and an electronic soundtrack complement the evocative physical…

Pie Equals Square

  • 2 stars

GT Artistry A mad inventor applies logic to the absurd and abstract. Distant memories, ideas and images smash together. Surreal scenes and characters push, prod and taunt. We ask: what is irony? Where is sincerity? Who can I believe? Our inventor finds himself in a world where rules have changed and irreverence…

East Belfast Boy

  • 3 stars

Prime Cut Productions Prime Cut Productions: East Belfast Boy by Fintan Brady. Pumping techno, pulverising movement and street sharp poetry. East Belfast Boy is a cliche-free zone. Meet Davy. The things he sees. His streets. His mates. His girl and… the boys. It is what it is. It's hard to say what it is. It's just you…

Paradiso

Our Theatre Paradiso is the magical place where old people turn back into babies. Here, death is not the end – it’s the beginning of the circle of life. Paradiso is a wordless physical piece presented by renowned Georgian puppetry company Our Theatre with great passion. A stunning production with creative use of…

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