Scarlattine Teatro's dance piece for under-5s lacks structure
This article is from 2013.
Given that human beings are said to develop more between birth and the age of five than at any other point in our lives, creating a show that appeals to everyone in that age bracket is a task-and-a-half. And sitting next to those kids, of course, is an adult who, if at all possible, would like to be entertained too.
Ticking all those boxes is hard, but certainly not impossible. With Unleashed, however, Italy’s Scarlattine Teatro doesn’t quite manage to achieve that goal. Using chains as their main focus – fat ones, thin ones, long ones, short ones – two dancers move around the space dangling metal as they go. Some moments work well – opening a flap on the stage floor to pull out a bowl (eliciting lots of rapt expressions), and using magnetic fishing rods to collect their chains.
But tiny ones just want to grab the chains (and, ideally, shove them in their mouths) and there isn’t enough structure for older children. The live percussion works beautifully, but this show needs more than chains to sustain itself.
Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, until 25 Aug, 10.30am, £8 (£7).