Kataklo (4 stars)

  • List.co.uk
  • 7 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

You might expect a company that performed at the Turin Winter Olympics opening ceremony to unleash an effects-laden extravaganza for their first Edinburgh Fringe show. In fact, the focus of Kataklò’s UK premier is stripped right back to the physicality of the performer rather than costumes, props or pyrotechnics.

This approach proves no less potent. Each of the show’s short sequences takes the iconic movements of a particular sport as its basis. From football to fencing, expanding and repeating these simple motifs to compelling effect. The piece journeys from past to present, opening with tennis players clad in whites, spinning and rotating to the music of the Jazz age, progressing through a series of moods from slapstick to staccato, deliberate and precise to fast and free-flowing. All set to a soundtrack that travels through industrial, ambient and rock.

The relationship between sport, dance and theatre is explored throughout, from a rendition of the Maori Haka to a robotic dance that Peter Crouch would have been proud of. Beautiful to behold and unashamedly crowd-pleasing, the show is by turns moving and exhilarating. (Allan Radcliffe)

Aurora Nova, 558 3853, until 28 Aug (not 15, 22), 5.20pm, £10-£12.

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