Up & Over It: Back on our Feet (3 stars)

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Up & Over It: Back on our Feet

Punky and fresh take on Irish dance

What do you do after life as a lead Riverdancer? If you’re Up & Over It duo, Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding, the answer is: soup-up the punky-pop beats, get yourselves some outrageous neon costumes, and invoke Simon Cowell’s sceptical eyebrow on Britain’s Got Talent with your Irish hand-dancing.

Their alternative look at an Irish institution isn’t laugh-a-minute, nor is it the cuddly Celtic toe-tapping of the Michael Flatley years – the ‘velvet-clad diddly-iddleness’ as they put it. Rather the show has an urban renegade, graffiti feel to it, occasionally a little too self-conscious in its brash coolness.

In their best moments the couple find an inspired framing device to the hand-dancing with a wordless kitchen argument, and deliver a take on the invention of Irish dancing that is both scandalous and silly. More serious passages of choreography pair the dance with an electro-retro vibe, exploring its laser-straight lines and sharp angles.

What comes across most is their love for what they do and this show is no send-up, rather a re-imagining of a tradition for a completely fresh audience.

Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 26 Aug (not 21), 6.05pm, £10.50–£12.50.

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Up & Over It - Back on our Feet

  • 3 stars

Fun and in yer face, Riverdance alumni and cabaret upstarts, Up & Over It, are back with their electro-pop, nouveau folk, deconstruction of the Irish dance blockbuster. 'Phenomenal dancers and masters of rhythm' (Times). 'Refreshing and innovative' (Stage). Since premiering at the Fringe, 2009, Up & Over It have…

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