Cristiana Casadio and Stefan Sing bring Tangram to 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This article is from 2013


credit: Andrea Macchia

An infinite puzzle of dance and circus

Shows combining circus and dance are springing up all over this year’s Fringe. But they don’t come much more literal than a collaboration between a ballerina and a juggler, as is the case with Cristiana Casadio and Stefan Sing. The duo (also a couple) have been performing together for more than five years, after it all started when Sing clapped eyes on Casadio’s feet.

‘I was giving a workshop at the European Juggling Convention,’ says Sing. ‘In one of the exercises I saw Cristiana’s feet en pointe, and was overwhelmed by the aesthetic. After seeing the whole person, and after speaking, I was sure this was who I wanted to be with. Happily this feeling was on both sides.’

They began working together and were soon successfully touring the German variety circuit. Tangram evolved from the word’s meaning – an ancient seven-shape puzzle, from which it’s possible to create almost every other shape. ‘With simple elements you can create infinite forms,’ says Sing. ‘We have two bodies, with which we are able to create infinite movements and pictures.’

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 2–25 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 11.40am, £9–£11 (£7– £9). Preview 1 Aug, 11.40am, £6.


  • 3 stars

Stefan Sing & Cristiana Casadio. She gives him the cold shoulder. He pushes her away. Both would rather passionately embrace. Love is heaven and hell at once. Complex, sexy, and irreverently imaginative, Tangram redraws the boundaries of dance, new circus, and physical theatre. Created and performed by renowned…