Chalk About (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Chalk About

Children's Fringe show full of dusty dancing explores who we are

A stage floor covered in chalk drawings greets us as we enter the theatre. An image bank that grows by the second, as our hosts Christine and Hendrik continually draw around themselves – asking audience members to help in their pursuit.

It’s clear from the start that the duo are here to make friends; to be open, honest and share something of themselves with the audience. They have, they explain, done a lot of research and asked numerous children what they’d like to see in a show (Beyoncé, pizza, dinosaurs – you get the picture).

Given the absence of all that (in real form), they use their physicality to charge through the lot – before moving on to the heart of the piece: them.

Christine tells her life story, from childhood to present day; Hendrik does the same but in German (conveying a surprising amount with his body, so we get the picture) – and all the while, the chalk pictures grow and evolve.

The idea behind Curious Seed’s show is to encourage children to think about what makes them uniquely them. It won’t grab everybody, and a little more humour wouldn’t have gone amiss, but overall this is a warm and friendly introduction to contemporary dance.

Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, until 24 Aug (not 18), 11.30am, £9 (£7).

Chalk About

  • 3 stars

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…