Dance Base Presents…

This article is from 2008.

Dance Base Presents…

One stop shop for dance fans

Pop open the Dance Base brochure and what do you see? A picture of artistic director, Morag Deyes beckoning you into one of the most striking arts-centred buildings in Edinburgh. And why go? To see what will be one of the more eclectic, stimulating and enjoyable programmes on the Fringe.

True to form, Deyes has handpicked a raft of work by artists hailing from the UK and Europe, some of which raises the bar when it comes to form. Take Parallel/Parallels, a performance with an intriguing Sliding Doors concept that allows you to view two shows simultaneously, or Enclosure 44 – Humans, which Deyes deems ‘a genius idea’, and which isn’t even happening at Dance Base. To see it head to Edinburgh Zoo, where a handful of performers, including Australian dynamo Janis Claxton, occupy an animal enclosure. ‘She’s so wild,’ quips Deyes, ‘there was nothing we could do to contain her except put her in the zoo!’

Deyes has also scheduled some fine pieces from Ireland and Scandinavia. Grouped under the title Irish Cream, the former includes Fearghus O’Conchuir’s Match, a muscular duet with the wiry Matthew Morris. There’s also Forgotten, a piece about the elderly that combines Irish storytelling with Japanese kabuki. On the Scandic front there are fresh-faced duets from Norway and Iceland that Deyes labels ‘authentic, honest, open-hearted and just so touching.’

Dance fans should also lookout for Double Points: K, in which Rosie Kay and Morgan Cloud tear into the work of Emio Greco, and an ironic, futuristic trio by Austria’s Willi Dorner. Whatever you see at Dance Base, Deyes promises, ‘It will make you laugh, cry, think and be astonished at what the human body can do.’

Dance Base, 225 5525, 7–16 Aug (not 11), times vary, £11 (£7). Preview 6 Aug, £6.

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