This article is from 2006.
Last year he took us on a coach journey with blacked-out windows. This year he’s promised us a ‘twisted cabaret’. Darren Johnston certainly knows how to mess with our minds. The London-based dancer, choreographer and video artist created one of the most memorable shows of the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe - Ren-Sa. A shroud of secrecy surrounded that production up to the moment you stepped off the coach and into the disorientating set.
True to form, Outré is being kept under wraps, with Johnston unwilling to reveal more than six performers, projected imagery and original music. No coaches this time, but we’ll still be taken to another place. ‘The layout of this show is more conventional in the sense that it’s in a black box space with seats,’ says Johnston. ‘The journey still remains but this time it’s inside the piece - it’s more mental than physical.’ (Kelly Apter)
Aurora Nova, 558 3853, 6-28 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), 11.45pm, £10-£12. Previews 4 & 5 Aug, £7.50.