Children's dance show Chalk About visits 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This article is from 2014

Kids dance show Chalk About set for performances at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Playful yet profound dance and talk show inspired by conversations with children

Adults spend a lot of time assuming they know what children want. So it’s refreshing to hear that choreographer Christine Devaney and her creative partner Hendrik Lebon took the time to ask children about their latest show, Chalk About.

A playful yet touching look at what makes us who we are, the show started life as a series of conversations with eight–nine and 11–12-year-olds.

‘We spoke to children in the Netherlands, Scotland, Germany and Belgium,’ says Devaney. ‘And it was very touching to hear them talk about things in their lives that upset them, whether that was losing a football game or the death of a grandparent. Their gentle honest answers helped shape the show, and became an integral part of the soundtrack.’

Devaney and Lebon also asked the children what they did, and didn’t want to see in a show – the answers to which form what Devaney calls the ‘perfect scene’ featuring drawings of everything the children asked for (including pizza).

Using dance, talk and lots of chalk, the duo ask some of life’s big questions in a way that has audiences both laughing and pausing for thought.

‘For all its playfulness, Chalk About also creates a space for self-reflection,’ says Devaney, ‘and it leads people to think “what's my story?”’

Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, 5–24 Aug (not 11, 18), 11.30am, £9 (£7; family ticket £26). Previews 1–3 Aug, £6.

Chalk About (trailer)

Chalk About

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A playful, funny and sometimes moving look at how we see ourselves and others, featuring dance, chat and one perfect scene containing everything you could wish for … Join Christine and Hendrik as they ask some big questions about identity and the meaning of life. What makes us who we are? Is it where we are from? Is it…