Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 5 shows that straddle contemporary dance and physical theatre

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 22 July 2014

This article is from 2014

Contemporary Dance And Physical Theatre

credit: Alex Brenner

Featuring Maria Addolorata, Pss Pss, Missing, Malasombra and Origin

Maria Addolorata

Italian duo Carlo Massari and Chiara Taviani are C&C Company, and here they deliver an intense investigation into coping with pain. This piece has already won an award in France, and is the first chapter in their proposed Trilogy of Pain.
Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, 1–24 Aug, 6.40pm, £10 (£8; family ticket £26).

Pss Pss

Winners of the Cirque du Soleil Prize in 2009, the Switzerland-trained Baccalà Clown duo Simone Fassari and Camilla Pessi play out a game of hope and companionship through physical poetry, surrealism and humour. Director Louis Spagna took part in the very first Cirque du Soleil tour back in 1984.
Zoo Southside, Nicolson Street, 0131 662 6892, 3–25 Aug (not 18), 6.50pm, £12 (£10). Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £9.


Dublin’s CoisCéim Dance Theatre present a ‘dance poem’ about the terror of having a loved one go missing. Two dancers tackle the stories of the absent in a chair-filled, golden-lit set.
Dance Base, Grassmarket, 0131 225 5525, 2–24 Aug (not 4, 11, 18), 6pm, £8–£10 (£6–£8). Preview 1 Aug, £8 (£6).


For adults and ‘heavy metal kids’, this piece from Spanish company auMents combines dance, video art, experimental shadow theatre and rock music to create a fantastical journey through a collective fantasy, exploring what might happen if your soul was taken over.
Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, 6–24 Aug (not 12, 19), 2.40pm, £13 (£11; family ticket £46). Previews 1–4 Aug, £11.


A spot of devised, allegorical sci-fi about an imagined species from the Louisiana State Uni which draws its influences from the likes of string theory, cell biology, evolution and cultural myths.
EICC, Morrison Street, 0844 847 1639, 6–10 Aug, 6pm, £10 (£5; family ticket £20).