A Night at the Movies (3 stars)

This article is from 2008.

A Night at the Movies

Classic scenes from the silver screen

Golden moments from classic Hollywood films are the inspiration for this patchy production from US choreographers Gallimaufrey & Greene. While the intention is to provide an accessible entry point for theatregoers who are less familiar with contemporary dance, ironically it is in the passages where the choreography is allowed a free reign that the piece connects most immediately with the audience.

Faithful, loving recreations of From Here to Eternity’s steamy beach scene and the ballet from The Red Shoes are enjoyably familiar, but pale in comparison to the originals. Much more compelling is the company’s take on Casablanca and Joan of Arc, which wisely attempts to capture the spirit of the original works in a specifically dance language. This is most moving in the Casablanca sequence, when a male and female performer throw uncomfortable shapes, stumbling towards each other and only briefly connecting while a fellow dancer croons ‘As Time Goes By’.

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A Night at the Movies

  • 3 stars

Faithful, loving recreations of famous scenes from classic Hollywood movies like 'Casablanca' and 'From Here to Eternity', reinterpreted in dance. Enjoyable familiar, but never much more than pale imitations of the originals. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'


1. theatrefan8 Aug 2008, 4:48pm5 stars A Night at the Movies Report

I have to say that I disagree with this tepid review. I saw this show, not only because it's a dance group from California (I reside in America), but because I'm also a huge movie fan. I was much more involved and moved than I expected to be - I love the original movies on which these dances are based, and I thought I would have an attitude about them. I thought the choreography was extraordinary - and the dancers were all individual & superb. I was moved to tears at one point - unusual for me, I can assure you. Also moments of pure joy. This is a group I would search out again, and - in my opinion - this is a show well worth seeing on the Fringe. Wonderful!

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