Still Breathing

This article is from 2009.

Still Breathing

Hip hop and contemporary melting pot

If there’s one thing that’s consistent about 2FaCeD DaNcE Company, it’s that it is never the same twice. Each year, the Hereford-based company heads to the Fringe with yet more ammunition in its belt. What started life as a fairly humble youth project has grown into a force to be reckoned with. Blending hip hop and contemporary dance, 2FaCeD is constantly raising its game – but this year’s show, Still Breathing looks set to be its best yet.

‘It feels like the most developed and advanced piece we’ve done, both in its thinking and movement style,’ says the company’s artistic director, Tamsin Fitzgerald. ‘We’ve taken on some new dancers and the company is stronger than ever. As usual with 2FaCeD, they come from a range of backgrounds – from Rambert-trained dancers to top UK breakdancers.’

For the first time, Fitzgerald is using set as an integral part of the show, with the performance space growing gradually smaller as the dance progresses. There’s also a fair amount of ladder activity, which should give the athletic young male dancers a chance to put their muscles to good use. Something that has often worked in their favour fan-wise, but the company’s appeal goes far beyond those looking for eye candy.
‘I love the fact that our audiences cross generations,’ says Fitzgerald. ‘That our shows are enjoyed by young and old and by fans of contemporary and breakdance all in the same space.’ (Kelly Apter)

Zoo Southside, 662 6892, 9–31 Aug (not 17 & 24), 4.30pm, £12–£13 (£10–£11). Previews 7 & 8 Aug, £9

Still Breathing

  • 3 stars

Award-winning 2FaCeD return with a highly-charged, gritty new work exploring the space we occupy. Stunning athleticism, explosive abstract breaking and masculine vulnerability, set to an electrifyingly intense soundtrack. 'A force to be reckoned with' - **** (Scotsman).

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