Thatha (4 stars)

  • 14 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Following on from their triumphant outing in 2005, Zimbabwe’s Siyaya Arts returns to conduct us on another whirlwind journey through Africa’s rich dance tradition. In a show that’s truly celebratory, the performers gyrate, stomp, sing and drum their way seamlessly from ferocious warrior dances through harvest rituals to the Gumboot (Welly) dances developed in the mines during apartheid.

My only minor grumble about the piece relates to the choice of venue. Set up at one end of the gleaming Reid Hall, the audience occasionally feels a little isolated from the action onstage, rather than where we should be - right down inside the dance. Otherwise, this is as joyous and exhilarating an afternoon’s Fringe entertainment as you could hope for. (Allan Radcliffe)

Underbelly’s Cow Barn, 0870 745 3083, until 28 Aug, 2pm, £8.50-£9.50 (£7.50-£8.50).

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