Cross-disciplinary show Malasombra set for series of performances in 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This article is from 2014

Cross-disciplinary show Malasombra set for series of performances in 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Dark fable combining theatre, dance, video art, heavy metal and more by Spanish company has toured host of countries including Brazil, Iran and Iraq

Cross-disciplinary shows may be standard Fringe fare these days, but few pieces can boast the line-up of Malasombra, which combines theatre, dance, video art, cartoon-techniques, shadow effects and heavy metal to tell a dark, fable-esque tale.

‘I wanted to do a performance with my friend Max (an award-winning cartoonist),’ says Tomeu Gomila, co-director and choreographer. ‘So I asked him if he had an idea. It was very difficult to do a narrative story with our abstract scenic language but we tried for a long time until the show came up as a combination.’

The piece tells the story of Mr Malasombra (‘evil shadow’ in Spanish) who disguises himself as a person, in order to seduce people and put them to work as slaves in his factory. Since creating it the company has toured to 11 different countries including Belgium, Brazil, Iran and Iraq.

Despite the various components that make up Malasombra, Gomila insists the overall effect is simple. ‘We are not doing a traditional shadow theatre performance with hands or acrobatics,’ he says. ‘The aim was to put on to the stage the naive style and simplicity of Max’s illustrations in a dance-theatre piece for all the family.’

Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, 6–24 Aug (not 12, 19), 2.40pm, £13 (£11; family ticket £46). Previews 1–4 Aug, £11.



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