Fringe 2011: Five dance shows based on true-stories

Real life events provide inspirational for a number of Fringe shows this year

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This article is from 2011.

Fringe 2011 dance: five true-story shows

Falling Man

Who can forget the horrific image of a man falling to his death from the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks? This haunting solo by Dundee-based dance company Smallpetitklein was inspired by the ubiquitous photos capturing the event.
Dance Base, 225 5525, 5–21 Aug (not Mondays), times vary, £7. Preview 5 Aug, £5.

Jasmine Gwangju

In May 1980, the residents of Gwangju City in South Korea took part in a ten-day uprising against military rule. Although crushed by the army, the uprising helped to bring about democracy. This mix of mass drumming and ritual dance celebrates their efforts.
Venue 150 @ EICC, 0844 847 1639, 13 Aug–19 Aug, times vary, £10 (£7).

Last Orders

Less an historical event and more an extended meal, Last Orders takes a highly theatrical look at Sawney Bean, the notorious cannibal who preyed on passers-by in 16th-century Scotland. Prepare to be entertained and possibly slightly repulsed.
Traverse, 228 1404, 17–28 Aug (not 22), times vary, £17–£19 (£12–£13). Preview 16 Aug, £12 (£6).

Now and at the Time of Our Turn

Inspired by the Candelária Massacre of 1993, when a group of sleeping street children in Rio de Janeiro were shot and killed by policemen, this physical theatre solo is told from the viewpoint of a survivor.
Remarkable Arts at St George's West Church, 225 7001, 8–19 Aug, times vary, £9–£12 (£7.50–£9.50). Previews 5–7 Aug, £7.50.

The Seagull Effect

A couple’s relationship falls apart against the backdrop of ‘The Great Storm’ of 1987, when Britain effectively ground to a halt. Michael Fish famously got the forecast wrong that night, but Total Theatre award-winners Idle Motion usually hit the spot with their multimedia shows.
Zoo Roxy, 662 6892, 7–27 Aug (not 16, 21), times vary, £10 (£8). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £7 (£6).

Within Range

Set during November 1989, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this politically charged piece looks at the impact this momentous event had on people’s lives – not all of whom were happy to see it fall.
Zoo Southside, 662 6892, 8–20 Aug (not 16), times vary, £12 (£10). Previews 6 & 7 Aug, £7.

This article is from 2011.

Falling Man/Decreasing Infinity

Fresh from performances in New York City, award-winning choreographer Thomas Small presents his hauntingly beautiful new work Falling Man. Inspired by Richard Drew’s series of photographs capturing a man falling from the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks. Combining text and storytelling to deliver an inherently…

Now and at the Time of Our Turn

Pedrinha is a survivor of Candelária Slaughter, a recent, sad episode in which homeless children were killed in Rio de Janeiro. From under a newsstand he saw the execution of eight boys. As he narrates what happened in the middle of that night, Pedrinha uncovers a society that denies even the death of homeless kids!

Last Orders

  • 2 stars

You are invited to an endless party - an ecstatic celebration teetering on the brink of nightmare… In association with the National Theatre of Scotland, David Hughes Dance will reunite with the Artistic Director of Conflux, Al Seed, to bring you Last Orders, the stunning follow up to 2009's Herald Little Devil Award…

Jasmine Gwangju

Jasmine Gwangju celebrates the rich cultural history of the Korean city of Gwangju and tells the inspiring story of its famed Democratisation Movement, the uprising against military dictatorship in 1980 which, although brutally put-down, paved the way for later movements that eventually brought democracy and prosperity to…

The Seagull Effect

  • 2 stars

Total Theatre Award-nominees and Fringe sell-out Idle Motion return with a stunning visual kaleidoscope of images and stories to captivate their audience. As a couple's relationship crumbles and they’re confronted by its debris, Britain is hit by the unexpected 1987 storm. Using exciting and evocative staging, multimedia…

Within Range

It’s November 1989: the Berlin Wall falls, Soviet Russia collapses, and dictatorships across Europe begin to topple like dominoes. Within Range introduces the victims, the collaborators, the revolutionaries and the secret police involved in a regime, that transformed everyday life into a terrifying fiction. ‘A rising star…

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