Dance highlights at 2011 Edinburgh Fringe

This article is from 2011.

Dance highlights from the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Clips from Dance Marathon, Castle Rocks Breakdance and Enclosure 99 - Humans

Dance Marathon

Award-winning Canadian theatre collective, bluemouth inc. invite you to take part in this four-hour endurance test of a show. Strap on your number, pull on some comfy shoes and start dancing. Based on the competitions born out of hardship in 1930s America, the Dance Marathon blends theatre, dance, video and live music. Those more inclined to spectate than participate can rest easy – the company allows anyone with ‘two left feet’ the option to just sit back and watch.
Traverse @ Lyceum Rehearsal Room, Grindlay Street, 0131 228 1404, 3–14 Aug (not 4, 8, 11), 7.15pm, £17–£19 (£6–£13).

Agnes and Walter (A Little Love Story)

Based on the fictional daydreamer Walter Mitty, this new work by Smith Dance Theatre features a cast aged 28–78, including former members of DV8 and Punchdrunk.
Zoo Southside, Nicolson Street, 0131 662 6892, 5–13 Aug (not 10), 2pm, £10 (£8).

Castle Rocks Breakdance Championships

Scotland’s biggest breakdance battle attracts some of the world’s finest b-boys and girls and is just as thrilling to watch as to take part in. A total sell-out for the past four years, so book early.
City Nightclub, Market Street, 0131 226 0000, 13 Aug, 3.30pm, £10 (£9).

Scottish Ballet

Old and new school ballet rub shoulders in this double-bill from Scotland’s national company.
Playhouse, Greenside Place, 0131 473 2000, 26–28 Aug, 7.30pm, £12–£44.

LOL (Lots of Love)

Facebook, internet dating and how we find friendship and love in the age of the web come under the spotlight in this critically acclaimed show from Protein Dance.
Zoo Southside, Nicolson Street, 0131 662 6892, 22–27 Aug, 2.05pm, £12 (£10).

Flawless: Intergalactic Dream

The boys are back in town! After last year’s sell-out Chase the Dream show, the Britain’s Got Talent finalists return, slicker than ever. This time, they’re taking streetdance into outer space.
Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance, 0131 556 6550, 6–29 Aug (not 15), 6pm, £14.50–£18.50 (£13.50–£17.50). Previews 3–5 Aug, £10.

Enclosure 99 – Humans

Janis Claxton and dancers return to the Zoo following their award-winning 2008 performance, here joined by dancers from China. Don’t miss ‘feeding time’ at 1pm and the ‘human animal talk’ at 3pm each day.
Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Road, 0131 314 0350, 14–28 Aug, 10am–5pm, free (Zoo entry applies).

Rock the Ballet

Proficient in ballet, tap, musical theatre, hip hop and gymnastics, the performers in New York-based company The Bad Boys of Dance are true all-rounders, showcasing their skills against a backdrop of rock and pop classics.
Assembly Hall, Mound Place, 0131 623 3030, 6–28 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), 6pm, £16–£20 (£14–£18). Previews 4–5 Aug, £10.

Dance Marathon 4 mins

Castle Rocks Breakdance Championships Finals 2008

LOL (lots of love)/1

Enclosure 44 - Humans


Rock the Ballet

  • 3 stars

Direct from New York and a sell-out European season comes Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet starring the Bad Boys of Dance. An explosive fusion of classical ballet blended with the excitement of tap, musical theatre, contemporary dance, martial arts and gymnastics to a stellar soundtrack including hits by Michael Jackson…

Scottish Ballet: New Work and Song of the Earth

  • 4 stars

The national ballet company presents two pieces soundtracked by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with conductor Sian Edwards. The first is a world premiere of a brand new piece by Boston Ballet choreographer Jorma Elo, to a score by Mozart and Reich. The second part of the show is a reprisal of Scottish-born…

Castle Rocks Breakdance Championships

Scotland's biggest breakdance event returns! Castle Rocks has become one of the hottest tickets and most exciting events in the Fringe. Witness some of the world's best crews shed blood, sweat and tears as they battle it out for the Castle Rocks title. Castle Rocks will hand pick the best urban companies at the Fringe for…

Enclosure 99 - Humans

  • 4 stars

Janis Claxton Dance returns with their critically acclaimed ★★★★★ performance inside an enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo. The Herald Angel winner of Dance Base's 2008 programme evolves as the company are joined by four guest dancers from China. A unique display of movement, behaviour and cultural interaction which is funny…

Flawless: Intergalactic Dream

Following a record breaking 2010 festival debut, an 80 date national tour and two London seasons, the UK’s hottest dance act are back with their most astonishing show yet. The Forth One 2010 Fringe Performance Award winners and stars of StreetDance 3D and Britain’s Got Talent return to take their breathless, explosive…

Dance Marathon

  • 3 stars

Award-winning interdisciplinary theatre collective, Bluemouth Inc presents an interactive, duration-based performance event inspired by the physically gruelling spectator sport from depression-era North America. A genuine endurance contest and staged performance event, hopeful amateurs can mix with Bluemouth Inc…

Agnes & Walter: a little love story

SMITH dancetheatre presents a piece paying tribute to long-term love, inspired by James Thurber's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Combining dance, physical theatre, clowning and music performed by an intergenerational cast, the show explores suppressed desires, secret wishes, aspirations and disappointments.

LOL (Lots of Love)

'Right on the zeitgeist, and on peak form' (Metro), 'His strongest work to date' (Observer). Talking and dancing at speed, six dancers stylishly nail the language of life online in this critically acclaimed and timely production from Luca Silvestrini's Protein. With video animation by Rachel Davies and original music by…


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