Extreme movement meets electronica
This article is from 2008.
Dry ice fills the air while hooded dancers move across a dimly lit stage. Despite the huge, wide space they occupy, there’s something oppressive and deeply atmospheric about Tom Dale’s new show, Rise. All of this is conveyed through a tiny clip on YouTube – which bodes well for the award-winning choreographer’s Fringe debut.
‘The mental space of our lives is really quite claustrophobic and clogged up with stuff we don’t necessarily want to be there,’ says Dale. ‘So we started thinking about the media and the messages that are around you everyday.’ Having trained at London’s Laban Centre, Dale has spent the past few years exploring how contemporary dance can have more resonance with younger audiences. And while Rise has its roots in modern living, Dale is keen for it to work purely as a piece of exciting dance.
‘The piece can exist outside any societal context,’ he says. ‘It just exists for itself – but because of the world we live in, you put your own meaning onto it.’
Zoo Southside, 662 6892, 3–25 Aug (not 12, 19), 2.40pm, £10 (£8). Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £7.