Back of the Bus (3 stars)

All aboard for a fun-filled journey of dance

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This article is from 2014.

Back of the Bus

Faintly silly, laden with joy and enormously fun, this quirky show from New Zealand’s Java Dance takes place on board a reclaimed Routemaster. Yes that’s right, the three wobble-proof ladies from Down Under need no theatre, instead commandeering for their stage nothing more than the top deck aisle of a bus – along with a helping hand from some stop-off locations along the way.

A woman dashes to board, struggling with shopping, exploding bags of tortilla chips over the aisle and stumbling into people’s laps; another loses her phone in acrobatic panic, nimbly perching on the seat back rails as she searches; a third coquettishly flirts her way round the other passengers, taking selfies with them and pouting.

When the bus stops – we won’t spoil your fun by telling you where – even passers-by are corralled into joining in. Watching Lauren Carr leap coyly among the trees there is an added satisfaction in seeing dance taken into an everyday context. The choreography isn’t mind-blowing (and I am still picking Dorito crumbs out of the crevices of my backpack) but for originality, performers who genuinely want to engage their crowd, and sheer pleasure, this show is just the (bus) ticket.

Assembly George Square Gardens, 623 3030, until 21 Aug (not 16), various times, £10.50 (£9.50).

This article is from 2014.

Back of the Bus

  • 3 stars

Java Dance Company Come ride the Red Bus through the streets of Edinburgh as dancers propel themselves along the aisles and hang from the roof. Physical comedy, kinetic energy and outrageous scenarios combine to create a magical mystery tour. Fresh from sell-out seasons at 12 New Zealand and Australian arts festivals.

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