Best dance at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015
Ballet, contemporary, hip hop – this year's dance programme has it all
This article is from 2015.
Following the unveiling of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme, we've rounded-up some of the best dance shows on offer.
Ballet meets contemporary dance, classical music meets electronica in this brand new show from the Cuban company behind Ballet Revolución.
Pleasance Grand, 5–31 Aug (not 18), 9.30pm
4x4 Ephemeral Architectures
All those who remember 2013’s Fringe show Smashed will welcome back Gandini Juggling with open arms. This time their show features four jugglers and four ballet dancers.
Assembly George Square Theatre, 5–30 Aug (not 12, 18, 25), 5.30pm
Special Edition 2015
Stepping into the choreographic spotlight, dancers from Scottish Ballet take the chance to share their own creations and perform each other’s work.
Dance Base, 7–16 Aug (not 10), 5pm
Nijinsky’s Last Jump
Known for creating groundbreaking works such as The Rite of Spring, Vaslav Nijinsky led a troubled life, plagued by mental illness. Company Chordelia delves inside the mind of one of the 20th Century’s greatest ballet stars.
Dance Base, 7–23 Aug (not 10, 17), 2pm
Give Me a Reason to Live
Compelling performer Claire Cunningham explores the difference between sympathy and empathy, and how disabled bodies are perceived by society and religion.
Dance Base, 7–29 Aug (not 10-13, 17-20, 24-25), 3pm
Czech dance company VerTeDance presents this fascinating show, in which seven dancers are glued to the floor by their boots – and have to find a way to move.
Zoo Southside, 11–19 Aug, 8.15pm
Booking Dance Festival
Five American companies performing a wide range of dance styles converge in Edinburgh, at this high quality festival within a festival.
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 12–16 Aug, 3pm
Beauty of the Beast
Company Chameleon Dance Theatre (formed by two former members of Scottish Dance Theatre) present their take on how men behave in groups.
Dance Base, 18–30 Aug, times vary
For Now, I Am
Dancer and choreographer Marc Brew shares the journey that took him from life-altering car crash to self-acceptance, in this powerful and theatrical work.
Zoo Southside, 22–30 Aug, 5.45pm
Last Man Standing
Using a blend of contemporary dance, martial arts, capoeira and breakdance, the seven-strong James Wilton Dance explore the human will to survive.
Zoo Southside, 23–31 Aug, 12.30pm
Ponies Don’t Play Football
Comedy dance theatre company, ponydance make the journey from Ireland to Edinburgh once again, following the riotous Anybody Waitin’ and Where Did It All Go Right?
Dance Base, 26–30 Aug, 9.30pm