Hitlist: Dance

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  • 21 August 2008

This article is from 2008.

Hitlist: Dance

Deca Dance 2008
A stunning retrospective of works by choreographer, Ohad Naharin and his incredible Batsheva Dance Company. Take your non-dance loving friends and convert them.
Edinburgh Playhouse, 473 2000, 28–30 Aug, 8pm, £8–£28.

Matthew Bourne’s Dorian Gray
Bourne’s International Festival debut and a world premiere to boot. The eyes of the dance world will be watching to see what he’s done with Oscar Wilde’s controversial 19th century novel. Expect social commentary, enjoyable accessible dance – and a whole lot of raunch.
King’s Theatre, 22–30 Aug (not 25), 8pm (2.30pm matinee Sat 23 & 30 Aug), £10–£30.

Bale de Rua
Hip hop, salsa and capoeira combine in this expressive five-star celebration of life in Brazil, from the slave ships onwards. Dynamic and joyful stuff, not to be missed.
Assembly Hall, 623 3030, until 25 Aug, 6.50pm, £15–£17 (£14–£15).

Scottish Dance Theatre
A double-bill of captivating dance from Scotland’s national contemporary dance company, featuring choreography by Hofesh Shechter and Liv Lorent.
Zoo Southside, 662 6892, until 24 Aug, 6.30pm, £10 (£8).

Istanbul Music and Sema Group
The Whirling Dervishes of Turkey spin in mesmerising motion in this mystical 700-year-old traditional performance.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 473 2000, 29 & 30 Aug, 7.30pm, £12–£28.


Tom Dale Company presents this atmospheric, energetic contemporary dance work, set to an eclectic range of electronic music.
Zoo Southside, 662 6892, until 25 Aug, 2.40pm, £10 (£8).

Scottish Dance Theatre

  • 4 stars

SDT's latest programme of new and original work includes the return of 'tenderhook' by Liv Lorent, and the world premiere of a brand-new piece from Hofesh Shechter. They're dramatically different pieces, but both beautifully executed, showcasing the versatility and talent of the company.

Bale De Rua

  • 5 stars

Gorgeous Brazilian company blending hip hop, salsa, capoeira and traditional dances, to highlight the good and bad times of Brazil's history. Dynamic, uplifting, oozing imagination. A Fringe must-see. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe*


Gotham City meets the streets of 'Bladerunner' in this atmospheric exploration of urban angst. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

Deca Dance 2008

Exuberant energetic dance from Israeli's Batsheva Dance Company. 'Part of the Edinburgh International Festival'

Matthew Bourne's Dorian Gray

Big-budget dance reinvention of Oscar Wilde's novel with Bourne's trademark gender trickery, in which the eternally beautiful boy is now a male model. 'Part of Glasgay!'

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