Cabaret Chordelia - Making a Song and Dance

This article is from 2010.

Cabaret Chordelia - Making a Song and Dance

Cabaret with a heart and mind

Company Chordelia is known for its willingness to push the boundaries of modern dance and strike an emotional chord. Something which looks set to continue when they bring their latest performance Cabaret Chordelia to the Fringe.

Described as an ambitious, intelligent and human portrayal of modern dance, Cabaret Chordelia is unlike other cabaret performances as the company’s artistic director, Kally Lloyd-Jones, explains: ‘Cabaret Chordelia is inspired by 1930s Berlin cabaret, which seeks to reflect and observe as well as entertain.’

The sassy show consists of songs and classical dance, with thought-provoking inflections of modern movement, from torch song to toe-tapping, designed to take audiences on an emotional journey. ‘The cabaret is visually really beautiful,’ says Lloyd-Jones. ‘It’s about love and human nature, sensual and questioning, and both traditional and contemporary.’

Pleasance at Ghillie Dhu, 556 6550, 7–22 Aug (not 11 & 16) 4.15pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10). Previews 4–6 Aug, 4.15pm, £5.


1. James Crannoch8 Aug 2010, 6:46pm Report

I went to see this show in preview and was so impressed that I took 2 friends with me again on was again superb! There are 3 dancers, together with singer and pianist, dancing a series of trios, duos and solos to a mixture of music (a lot of which I didn’t know...I wish there had been a programme!) – some songs were more traditional cabaret and others, like Billy Joel, more “pop” and up-to-date. It had all been well directed so as to flow through and wasn’t just a series of seemed to be about love and identity and relationships - (at least that’s what I thought!!). It was funny and sometimes quite black (especially in the song about old boyfriends at the end). I’d really recommend it – the setting is quite cool too and you can get drinks at the table.

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