Dance and physical theatre picks at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Dance and physical theatre picks at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Forest / credit: Ekaterina Kraeva

Including Ali and Alpo, BalletBoyz, Forest, Un Poyo Rojo and more

There's a bumper crop of dance and physical theatre at this year's Fringe. Here are some of the shows we're most looking forward to …

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Former Scottish Ballet principal Eve Mutso joins forces with Candoco's Joel Brown to explore their respective strengths and vulnerabilities in this powerful duet.
111, Greenside @ Nicolson Square, Mon 19–Sat 24 Aug, 12.30pm.

Ali and Alpo
Iraqi traditional music and Finnish contemporary dance come together in this poignant duet, shown through live performance and video projection.
Ali and Alpo, Summerhall, Tue 6–Sun 25 Aug (not 12, 19), 1.05pm.

Another
With precious little ballet at the Fringe each year, the four works presented by BalletWorks, choreographed by emerging artists from across Europe, should help plug the gap.
Another, Dance Base, Fri 2–Wed 7 Aug (not 5), 6.15pm.

BalletBoyz: Them/Us
Expect blistering athleticism and grace from this talented all-male troupe, as they perform contemporary choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and the dancers themselves.
BalletBoyz: Them/Us, Underbelly Bristo Square, Wed 31–Thu 15 Aug (not 7), 1pm.

Body Language
David Bolger and Christopher Ash of Ireland's CoisCéim Dance Theatre create a new performance each day, from live interviews, photography, music and dance.
Body Language, Dance Base, Thu 15–Sun 25 Aug (not 19), 2.40pm.

Dance and physical theatre picks at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

BalletBoyz: Them/Us / credit: George Piper

The Chosen
Company Chordelia follows up its hit Fringe shows Nijinsky's Last Jump and Lady Macbeth: Unsex Me Here with this ensemble show about living and dying.
The Chosen, Dance Base, Fri 2–Sun 25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19), 5pm.

Forest
Graduates of the acclaimed Moscow Art Theatre School explore our relationship with the natural world, in this visually striking physical theatre show from Russia.
Forest, Assembly Checkpoint, Wed 31 Jul–Sun 11 Aug, 4.40pm.

FrontX
Fusing hip hop, beatboxing, burlesque and opera, this international show features street performers from around the world, including one-legged Iranian-Australian breakdancer Roya The Destroyer.
FrontX, Summerhall, Wed 31 Jul–Sat 24 Aug (not 7, 12, 14, 21), 3pm.

Havana After Dark
Some of Cuba's hottest dancers celebrate Havana's 500th anniversary with a mix of salsa, rumba, mambo, ballet and hip hop, backed by a live band.
Havana After Dark, Pleasance at EICC, Mon 5–Sun 25 Aug (not 21), 9pm.

Juliet and Romeo
Still alive but no longer teenagers, Shakespeare's most romantic couple face the harsh realities of life and love in Lost Dog's mix of dance, theatre and comedy.
Juliet and Romeo, Dance Base, Wed 21–Sun 25 Aug, 12.45pm.

Not Today's Yesterday
Created by Australian choreographer Lina Limosani and performed by Bharatanatyam dancer Seeta Patel, this new piece of dance theatre explores the whitewashing of history.
Not Today's Yesterday, ZOO Southside, Mon 19–Sat 24 Aug, 3.40pm.

Dance and physical theatre picks at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Ritualia

Odyseaa, Scene Solo and The Sylph, the Vixen and the Bombshell
A triple-bill of works choreographed by three distinct female voices on the Scottish dance scene: Claricia Parinussa, Tamsyn Russell and Bridie Gane.
Odyseaa, Scene Solo and The Sylph, the Vixen and the Bombshell, Dance Base, Fri 2–Sun 4 Aug, 1.15pm.

Only Bones 1.0
Thom Monckton, the physical theatre genius behind 2018's The Artist returns with a new solo show, manipulating his body as only he knows how.
Only Bones 1.0, Assembly Roxy, Wed 31 Jul–Thu 22 Aug (not 12, 19), 8.20pm.

Ritualia
Scottish Dance Theatre perform Colette Sadler's compelling exploration of gender, re-imagining Bronislava's Nijinska's 1920s ballet, Les Noces.
Ritualia, ZOO Southside, Mon 19–Sat 24 Aug, 9.30pm.

Steve Reich Project
Dance, music and video art combine, in this coming together of a dancer and string quartet performing Steve Reich's Pendulum Music, Different Trains and WTC 9/11.
Steve Reich Project, Dance Base, Fri 2–Sun 18 Aug (not 5, 12), 7.20pm.

Super Human
Inspired by science fiction, super heroes and technology, Danish dance company Next Zone explore the limits of the human body through hip hop and modern dance.
Super Human, ZOO Southside, Fri 2–Sat 17 Aug (not 5, 12), 5.30pm.

Taiwan Season
Always a strong component of the Fringe dance programme each year, this year's Taiwan Season features Bout by the brothers behind last year's Bon 4 Bon, Floating Flowers inspired by a Buddhist ceremony, and psychedelic fantasy, Monster.
Bout, Summerhall, Wed 31 Jul–Sun 25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19), 10.20am; Floating Flowers, Dance Base, Fri 2–Sun 25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19), 3.30pm; Monster, Dance Base, Fri 2–Sun 25 Aug (not 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22), 5.15pm.

Un Poyo Rojo
One of the funniest dance shows to hit the Fringe in recent years, this Argentinian two-hander set in a male locker room makes a welcome return.
Un Poyo Rojo, ZOO Southside, Wed 21–Mon 26 Aug, 5.10pm.

Odyseaa / Scene Solo / The Sylph, the Vixen and the Bombshell

Claricia Parinussa / Tamsyn Russell / Bridie Gane A triple bill of Scotland's most exciting choreographers, designed to unravel expectations. Claricia Parinussa’s Odyseaa: an immersive performance ritual. ‘And these souls / matter / or the knowing that's felt / passing dust bone unrest materialise across between…

Havana After Dark

  • 4 stars

The sizzling new summer dance show. The world premiere of a breathtaking new Cuban dance musical. Hot Latin hits from Beyoncé, Mark Anthony, Bad Bunny, Gente de Zona. Starring gorgeous star dancers from Carlos Acosta's company, Ballet Nacional de Cuba and Ballet Revolucion, a sensational seven-piece live salsa band…

The Chosen

  • 4 stars

World premiere tour of Chordelia's moving dance piece that expresses how we experience the time left to us.

Ritualia

Scottish Dance Theatre Scottish Dance Theatre's Ritualia shakes tradition to its core in this bold re-imagining of Nijinska's 1920s ballet, Les Noces. An ensemble of other-beings vogue through a wedding ceremony, donning queer wigs in a visual feast of wearable art and lush lighting set to Stravinsky's original…

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  • 4 stars

Joel Brown and Eve Mutso A powerful duet between two exceptional dancers – Joel Brown (Candoco Dance Company) and Eve Mutso (former principal dancer of Scottish Ballet) – as they explore their different strengths and vulnerabilities. 'Visually striking' ★★★★ (Herald). 111 is the number of vertebrae Joel and Eve have…

BalletBoyz: Them/Us

BalletBoyz and Something for the Weekend Award-winning all-male company makes an explosive Edinburgh debut. Created collaboratively by the BalletBoyz company dancers, Them explores the individuality that resides within each dancer and the versatility of movement which BalletBoyz are renowned for. In Us, Tony and…

Taiwan Season: Floating Flowers

  • 4 stars

B.DANCE Inspired by one of Taiwan’s most beautiful Buddhist ceremonies, Floating Flowers is a fabulously dynamic expression of body and spirit. A gorgeous tribe of eight are pushed and pulled through the swirling rhythms of a dance that reveals the tumult beneath peaceful surfaces. Po-Cheng Tsai’s work is an artful…

Another

BalletWorks A quadruple bill of dance and poetry from ascendant young European artists created specifically for BalletWorks. Choreographers Emrecan Tanis, Louis Stiens and Fabio Adorisio, alongside poet James Fisher, present a showcase of thrilling new work. An array of dance styles will be represented – everything…

Super Human

  • 3 stars

Next Zone Super Human explores and pushes the limits of the human body. In a unique and mind-awakening performance the super physical team redefine the human being in new optimised versions. Both supernatural and superhuman behaviour is in the spotlight as the performance gathers inspiration from science-fiction…

Steve Reich Project

  • 3 stars

Isabella Soupart / MP4 Quartet A truly trance-inducing performance inspired by three masterpieces from Steve Reich, interpreted by the new generation. A string quartet and a dancer will sweep you away in the powerful confrontation of dance and music amidst hypnotic images and soundscapes. Choreographer Isabella Soupart…

Forest

The Brusnikin Studio In Forest, the latest graduates, from the legendary Moscow Art Theatre School, explore the eternal relationship between humanity and nature, through a fantastical journey of bodies in motion. The audience are invited to connect with the deep patterns of consciousness that are found in the harmonies…

Taiwan Season: Monster

Dua Shin Te Production Described by choreographer Yen-Cheng Liu as a psychedelic fantasy, Monster is a daring, intense and quite possibly mind-blowing questioning of one’s sense of self. Created for his company Dua Shin Te Production, Liu uses symbolic props, spoken and written text, a carefully chosen soundtrack and…

Taiwan Season: Bout

  • 3 stars

Chang Dance Theatre Taiwan's Chang brothers (co-creators of Bon 4 Bon, a five-star hit at the 2018 Fringe) bounce back with a dance that reveals fresh facets of their fraternal relationships and the rich possibilities – and inherent conflicts – of male bonding. Originally inspired by the ritual and physical rhythms of…

Ali and Alpo

  • 4 stars

Alpo Aaltokoski Company in association with From Start to Finnish A beautiful wordless dialogue between Iraqi traditional music and Finnish contemporary dance. The original aim of the work by oud lute virtuoso Ali Alawad and choreographer Alpo Aaltokoski was to contemplate the similarities and differences between two…

Only Bones 1.0 – Thom Monckton

Kallo Collective in association with Aurora Nova On a tiny set lit by a single bulb, endless possibilities are illuminated. Wordlessly using body manipulation, dance, circus and clownery, Only Bones' quirky low- tech aesthetic strips the stage down to one performer, one technician, one light, no text and a stage area…

FrontX

  • 3 stars

Cie No Way Back / Milan Emmanuel FrontX shows a range of international street artists who combine exceptional energy and resilience. Their fascinating personal life stories are the main theme of the show. As spokespersons of our contemporary society, these performers embody the true sense of integration, since the…

Body Language by David Bolger and Christopher Ash

  • 3 stars

CoisCéim Dance Theatre Ireland’s two-time Fringe First-winning CoisCéim Dance Theatre return to Dance Base with a multi-layered exploration of non-verbal communication. A spontaneous performance is created each day in real-time from live interviews, photography, video projection, music and choreography. 'It shifts in…

Not Today's Yesterday

Seeta Patel and Lina Limosani Not Today's Yesterday. 'Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past' (George Orwell). Not Today's Yesterday is an international collaboration between UK award-winning Bharatanatyam artist Seeta Patel and Australian choreographer Lina Limosani. This…

Juliet & Romeo

  • 5 stars

Lost Dog, presented by The Place With Lost Dog’s blend of dance, theatre and comedy, this duet reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after. Well, they lived at least. Now they are 40ish. They feel constantly mocked by…

Un Poyo Rojo

Un Poyo Rojo in association with Aurora Nova Returning after their internationally acclaimed world tour. Six shows only. In an empty locker room, two men play with movement, an analogue radio and tiny shorts. The athletic bodies of Luciano Rosso and Alfonso Barón move fluently from wrestling to dance, acrobatics to…

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