Best dance shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016
- Kelly Apter
- 17 June 2016
This article is from 2016.
Streetdance, ballet, contemporary, flamenco and even a ride on a bus: a lively mix of dance is heading our way
**UPDATE 18 Aug 2016**
The Fringe is well underway now and the reviews have been rolling in. Some shows from our preview turned out to be the hits they were expected to be, some shows not so much. The best place for you to find recommendations is at our Dance Reviews page, which lists all the shows we've rated so far to help you navigate the programme and enjoy the best the Festival has to offer. We also have a number of Hitlisted Dance shows in the listings section of the website.
The List's Dance Editor Kelly Apter picks some events that she's excited about at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with everything from romantic duets to breakdancing making the cut.
The Cuban Gypsy, Assembly Roxy (SHOW CANCELLED)
Traditional Gypsy dance styles (fast-paced tap, flamenco, bellydancing), and Gypsy-inspired pop tunes are given a new Cuban twist in this show celebrating the best of both cultures.
Pop-Up Duets (Fragments of Love), National Museum of Scotland
Choreographer Janis Claxton has teamed up with composer Pippa Murphy to create these bitesize moments of contemporary dance and music. Prepare to be charmed, as these love-inspired duets pop up around the Museum in different locations.
4–5, 10–14, 17–21, 24–28 August, 3.30pm
Wunderbar, Zoo Southside
Choreographed and performed by former Irish folk dancer turned contemporary dance artist Rob Heaslip and Laura Murphy, this duet finds a couple trying to figure out their relationship.
5–13 August, 6.30pm
Linger, Dance Base
Breandán de Gallaí used to entertain the crowds as a principal dancer in Riverdance. These days, he's moving in less mainstream waters, creating and performing this intimate duet for two male dancers, exploring sexuality, ageing and the poetic side of Irish dance.
5–21 August (not 8, 15), 7.45pm
Éowyn Emerald & Dancers, Greenside @ Royal Terrace
Good quality, technically strong, well-choreographed ballet and contemporary dance can be in pretty short supply at the Fringe – so if that's your thing, this Portland-based company came up with the goods last year, so should do again.
5–27 August (not 14, 21), 1.50pm
Whiteout, Zoo Southside
The latest work from choreographer Natasha Gilmore and her company, Barrowland Ballet fuses contemporary dance and visual imagery to explore bi-racial relationships.
5–27 August (not 8, 15, 22), 5pm
Back of the Bus, Assembly George Square
Climb onboard a double decker bus with New Zealand's Java Dance Theatre, and experience the mischievous, energetic and completely immersive joy of dance on a moving vehicle, plus various drop-offs.
5–28, Aug (not 10, 15, 22), 4.30 & 6.15pm
Bang! To The Heart, Zoo Southside
Italy's Nue Dance Company bring a love story with a difference to the Fringe, fusing breakdance, contemporary, visual projections and an original score to tell the tale of a gangster who falls for the most sought-after girl in town.
5–28 August (not 10, 15, 22), 10.20pm
Lost in Complete, Dance Base
All-male street dance company Complete Dance Crew journey from Sweden to Edinburgh to then go on another, fictional, journey to an imaginary world courtesy of some slick dance moves.
16-21 August, 2.30pm
Unknown and Liminal, Dance Base
Former Scottish Ballet principal dancer Eve Mutso goes it alone in her new solo, Unknown, exploring her future beyond the company. While Liadain Herriott, also a classically trained dancer, questions her place in the modern world in Liminal.
23–28 Aug, 7.45pm