Roam (4 stars)

This article is from 2010


Fast-flowing contemporary dance laced with breakdance and martial arts

Tom Dale Company returns to the Fringe with a piece loosely based on the human impulse to ‘roam’. The rising choreographer presents an hour of contemporary dance that, like its title, never stops moving. There is no set or narrative. Rather Roam is fuelled by a soundtrack that takes in pulsing sub-bass beats and the scream of rush-hour traffic.

The movement comes in satisfying waves, five watchable performers hurtling through some imaginary urban landscape, navigating the shifting dynamics of city life. At times the dominant and familiar smooth, near-jointless fluidity threatens to become tedious. But when Dale really responds to the music, the effect is electric. In the second half he triumphs by engineering a marriage of contemporary with subtle breaking and robotics, lending dancers’ limbs the quality of recoiling steel.

Zoo Southside, 662 6892, until 30 Aug (not 12, 13, 17 & 24) 4.20pm, £10 (£8).


  • 4 stars

Creators of must-see show 'Rise' in 2008, Tom Dale Company return with their latest collaborative creation. 'Roam' is a captivating journey with five stunning dancers into a world of swinging sub bass and complex percussion. Dale's raw and visceral choreographic style combines with specially commissioned music from…