Dance hitlist

This article is from 2009

Dance hitlist

Michael Clark Company
Scotland’s most famous, and infamous, dance son returns to the fold with an exciting new piece commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival. Inspired by the music of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, Clark’s full-on choreography is sure to blow your socks off.
Edinburgh Playhouse, 473 2000, Fri 28–Mon 31 Aug, 8pm, £8–£28.

Scottish Ballet
Back at the Edinburgh International Festival for the fourth time in five years, Scottish Ballet presents an impressive triple-bill featuring works from 1948, 1973 and a world premier for 2009.
Edinburgh Playhouse, 473 2000, 4 Sept, 7.30pm; 5 Sept, 2.30 & 7.30pm, £10–£42.

Everything Must Go
Not dance per se, but a cracking show from the Dance & Physical Theatre section of the Fringe programme well worth checking out. A daughter pays tribute to her dead father, and there’s not a dry eye in the house.
Augustine’s, 51 0022, until 31 Aug, 5.45, £8–£9 (£6–£7).

Flhip Flhop: Everything Happens on the Break

Great comic timing, top tunes and funky hip hop moves from Rannel theatre company, as two bored decorators find ways to pass the time.
Zoo Southside, 662 6892, until 31 Aug, 12.50pm, £10 (£8).

Butoh meets performance art, picking up burlesque and cabaret along the way. One of those unique Fringe gems that’s well worth seeking out.
C, 0845 260 1234, until 31 Aug, 10.55pm, £9.50–£11.50 (£8.50–£10.50).


  • 5 stars

Courageous, visually spectacular, emotionally engaging production of raw, provocative dance theatre, inspired by Japanese Butoh, burlesque and cabaret, performed by infamous Australian physical theatre company Zen Zen Zo. Played to packed houses across Australia.

Everything Must Go (Or the Voluntary Attempt to Overcome Unnecessary Obstacles)

  • 4 stars

An athletic-puppetic duet with my dad in drag (aged 78). Cinefilm, clown, puppetry and hurdling from dosshouseand music hall to dancing on graves. Inventive, fresh, brave.

Flhip Flhop: Everything Happens on the Break

A hilarious and exhilarating performance about two bored decorators with time on their hands and beats in their heads. Combines hip-hop and comedy theatre to create something thrillingly unique.

Scottish Ballet

The world premiere of Petrushka choreographed by Ian Spink with music by Stravinsky performed live by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra led by Nicholas Kok is presented alongside Ashton's classic Scenes de Ballet and Forsyth's Workwithinwork Supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund..