Rise (3 stars)

This article is from 2008.


The oppressive side of urban life

Gotham City meets the streets of Bladerunner in this atmospheric exploration of urban angst. Donned in hoodies and combats, five performers invoke an overpowering claustrophobia as they fight tension and pressure through slow-motion breaks and deliberate moves.

They have a large space in which to play, but with skinny shafts of light and hazy illumination, they do a frighteningly good job of dragging it in under a tight oppressive cloud. There's a tiny gulp of fresh air when the soundtrack shifts from taut electronica and concrete beats to a lighter reggae and hope of escape. It doesn't come. Instead, we witness our robotic assimilation into working life while an ominous soundtrack moves towards the insane breaks of Aphex Twin.

A muted, downbeat reflection on life, Rise might not give you a lift but it summons just the sort of knife society sentiments it's shooting for.

Zoo Southside, 662 6892, until 25 Aug (not 19), 2.40pm, £10 (£8).


  • 3 stars

Deeply atmospheric, oppressive piece from Tom Dale, who has spent the last few years exploring how contemporary dance can have more resonance with younger audiences. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe*

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