Dance highlights at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival

Including Cambuyón, Booking Dance Festival Showcase, Ménage à Trois and The Lock In

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This article is from 2013.

Dance highlights at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival

The Lock In
Dubbed ‘the UK’s number one folk and hip hop extravaganza’, it seems a fairly safe bet this is the only folk and hip hop show doing the rounds. Two seemingly disparate worlds come together in this critically acclaimed breakdance/Morris dance shindig, set in a local pub.
Zoo Southside, 3–16 Aug.

Cambuyón
From the Canary Islands to the Edinburgh Fringe, this high-energy percussion show has feelgood written all over it. Blending hip hop and tap dance, and using wooden crates, boards and their own bodies and voices to create sound, the performers explore the history of rhythm.
Assembly Roxy, 31 Jul–26 Aug.

Booking Dance Festival Showcase
Now in its fifth year, this ‘festival within a festival’ brings us a diverse line-up of dance from the United States. Enjoy bite-size chunks at the daily showcase, or delve a little deeper at the weekend double bill.
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 14–18 Aug.

Ménage à Trois
Performer Claire Cunningham takes us into her world in this humorous, touching show about love, longing and her 20-year relationship with crutches. Produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, with video artist Gail Sneddon providing the striking, perfectly integrated visuals.
Paterson’s Land, 9–25 Aug.

Greed
Born in rural Zimbabwe, but based in London since 1998, choreographer Bawren Tavaziva explores the differences between African and western culture, and looks at money, power and religion in this fast-paced work inspired by the seven deadly sins.
Zoo Southside, 19–26 Aug.

This article is from 2013.

Cambuyón

  • 4 stars

ENLACE S.C. Cambuyón is an interdisciplinary show with the collaboration of different artists from tap, body percussion, hip hop, drumming, singing and other disciplines intimately related to the percussion, seven performers deliver a vision on how rhythm has been evolving through the different cultures that surround…

Greed

Hard-hitting, gut-busting, powerful. Featuring a company of exhilarating dancers and Bawren Tavaziva’s trademark ability to create work that resonates with his Zimbabwean upbringing and his life in the UK. Greed faces up to the allure of the seven deadly sins. 'Tavaziva Dance's new work Greed, a phenomenal piece of…

Ménage à Trois

  • 4 stars

‘I wasn’t made to click. But with you I click. We. Click. Like a clique, a trio, a Ménage à Trois.’ Hauntingly beautiful study of love, obsession, loneliness and manipulation, Ménage à Trois is a visually stunning piece of dance theatre from award-winning performer Claire Cunningham and choreographer/video artist Gail…

The Lock In

  • 5 stars

A clash of dance cultures set in an old English pub with live music by BBC Radio 2 award-winning folk powerhouse The Demon Barbers. ‘A full-on show of such blazing energy and joyous ingenuity you scarcely ponder on the apparent madness of trying to marry folk dance and hip hop’ ★★★★ (Telegraph). ‘The Lock In is…

Booking Dance Festival: Showcase

8 Dance Companies from the USA Sixth annual five-star dance festival within a festival! Exhilarating, extraordinary, dynamic dance performed by eight of the best companies from across the USA. Bite sized festival format. ‘Prepare to leave pleasantly full’ (Scotsman). ‘Not to be missed’ (ThreeWeeks). Details…

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