State of Matter (4 stars)

This article is from 2008.

State of Matter

Breakdance/contemporary fusion hits the spot

Following last year’s pattern of hip hop informed acrobatics, ragged yet stunning male ensemble dancing and spectacular solos, 2FaCeD DaNcE Company has tightened up its structure and enhanced the showmanship. It remains a forceful display of masculine prowess, leaping and twirling and moving the audience to spontaneous ovations.

It seems churlish to suggest that the dancers could be more precise, or that the relentless forward momentum makes the performance drag. As a series of unrelated dances, it is a procession of outstanding moments rather than a narrative. However, the non-stop energy is overwhelming, an ecstatic celebration of the body’s potential and contemporary dance’s ability to incorporate break dance and delight an all-ages audience.

An hour of fun and drama, astonishing jumps, head-spins and catches, this young company is a bright hope for the future of male dance: unashamedly popular, yet intelligent and rightly confident of their power, ferocity and technique.

Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0844 545 8252, until 25 Aug (not 13), 4pm, £12–£14.50 (£10–£13.50).

State of Matter

  • 4 stars

2FaCeD DaNcE return with a structurally tightened breakdance/acrobatics show; a forceful display of masculine showmanship, moving the audience to spontaneous ovations. An hour of fun, drama, and headspins. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'

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