An Invitation (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

An Invitation

Jo Fong’s free-flowing participation-improvisation is a morning glory

The audience and five dancers, including the show’s creator Jo Fong, sit either side of a brightly-lit performing area.

Fong’s playfully risky, informal yet active premise is that we’ve either just seen or been in a performance, and this is the post-show talk. At least that’s how things unfolded on the opening day of this Welsh Dance Strand production, but who knows if that holds true every time?

Each show is different depending on who’s in the room. In any case, talk led to movement, with dancers getting up to demonstrate and find words for what they do professionally. Meanwhile they also incorporated our suggestions, queries or whatever other influences we might have exerted on them.

By accepting Fong and company’s invitation, chances are good that you’ll gain fresh insights into what dancers think as they dance. There’s also plenty of opportunities to watch others watching, which can be both fun and fascinating. The whole thing is the antithesis of a drily precious, navel-gazing exercise. Rather, it’s a relaxed, often funny exchange of ideas and motion and a great way to start the day.

If you’re open to the experience this could be one of the happiest under-an-hours you’ll spend on the Fringe.

Zoo Southside, 662 6892, Until 25 Aug, 10.45am, £9 (£7).

An Invitation

  • 4 stars

Jo Fong An Invitation appears as though it is being created right now. In places it is. What happens or doesn’t happen is influenced directly by the people in the room. We play the performer, we play the audience. We are the show. Is it now? An Invitation is about connection, spontaneity but also about uncertainty. It is…