Street Life (4 stars)

  • 7 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

After the success of their award-winning 2004 Fringe hit, Rumble, Germany’s Renegade Theatre returns with a gluttony of street dance, theatre, live music and digital graffiti depicting everyday life underneath the arches on the wrong side of Cheap Street.

Here the clichéd world of hobos, prostitutes, down-and-outs and street performers is brought to life with cartoon-esque accuracy. Poignantly observant in detail, the six-strong cast mimic the poses and stumbles of the unwanted hooker, the quirks and tics of the hotch potch of humanity in the bus stop queue, and snap shots of behaviour on the beach in the blink of an eye.

Artistic co-ordinator Lorca Renoux works with an impressive international sextet of dance talent from Germany, with a hip hop music score interspersed by the baleful blast of a street performing saxophonist. Vitality and energy punch in a frenzied blast from the stage in a work free from the tenures of plot or character. Definitely worth a hip hop and a b-boy skip to take a peak, just to check out the head spins, the graphics and a guy driving his imaginary car.
(Claire Griffiths)

Aurora Nova, 558 3853, until 28 Aug (not Tue), 7.15pm, £12 (£10).

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