Best dance at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015

This article is from 2015.

Best dance at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015

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Ballet, contemporary, hip hop – this year's dance programme has it all

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

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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


1. Iain Macleod10 Aug 2015, 10:49am Report

Your list of the best dance/physical theatre has an important omission!!
Smoke and Mirrors performed by the Ricochet Project at the Assembly Checkpoint is a stunning work of intense physicality, beauty and raw emotion. The intimacy of the space allows you to fully engage and appreciate the exceptional talent of the performers. This is not a clap your hands with delight performance of circus skills. It is a compelling narrative of what it is to be a human struggling with micro relationships in a macro world. Highly recommended!!

2. Soren Niewelt14 Aug 2015, 8:17am Report

Do check out JSLN Dance Company. They are bringing Neo classical ballet of highest standard. Music is by Antonio Vivaldi and it does not get boring for a single second. They are on every day at 1:15pm at C south. St Peters, Lutton place

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