Liss Fain Dance

  • 27 July 2006

This article is from 2006.

One of the few examples of pure dance to be found at this year’s Fringe comes all the way from San Francisco. The nine-strong Liss Fain Dance company has been creating work since 1998, building up a strong reputation for fast-paced, abstract modern dance underpinned by strong classical ballet technique. Making its UK debut, the company will perform four works, touching upon themes of yearning, control and the expression of ideas.

Artistic director Liss Fain, a former dancer with Twyla Tharp, has made some emotive musical choices which clearly influence her choreography. A dramatic Messiaen quartet written in a prisoner of war camp, sits alongside a more gentle Ligeti piano concerto and powerful madrigals from Monteverdi. ‘I listen to a lot of music before embarking on a new dance,’ explains Fain. ‘The process of choosing is very intuitive and organic - a piece strikes a chord in me and I know that it is the music I’ll work with.’ (Kelly Apter)

Zoo Southside, 662 6892, 6-21 Aug (not 8, 15), 6pm, £10 (£7). Previews 4 & 5 Aug, £5.

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