Trip the Light (3 stars)

Triptych by a talented female foursome who might simply need more life experience

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Trip the Light

This triple-bill of dances was created by four personable young European women who clearly know how to move but maybe haven't lived long enough to be genuinely interesting onstage just yet. The latter observation doesn't mean they lack talent or presence. What's missing is seasoning and, certainly in the curtain-raising duet, a greater depth and freedom in both content and performance.

'Two Blue' is meant to convey an idea of 'the importance of friendship on a journey of self-discovery,' but as danced (very competently) by Sophie Ammann and Rosanne Briens, there wasn't enough at stake to make it matter much. More needed to be revealed about who the two are as individuals and as a unit to be convincing.

Choreographed by Pauline Raineri, 'SI / SI' is a solo as cryptic as its title. Erin O'Reilly, whose expression is akin to that of a troubled angry bird, is alluring but elusive in it. Intriguingly impenetrable she may be, but the work itself didn't sustain my curiosity.

The finale was a 20-minute collective improvisation with input solicited from audience members. Again, whether because of inexperience or choice, these creditable dancers didn't go far enough in terms of risk or movement invention.

Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 618 6967, until 13 Aug, 5.20pm, £7.50 (£5).

Trip the Light

  • 3 stars

Junebug Company and Pauline Raineri Three contemporary dance pieces by the creators of Budge3: ★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com). Si/Si: ‘A bold and compelling work’ (Lyndsey Winship). A solo amplifying the struggle of restraining inner turmoil in order to uphold appearances: a quest for true identity. Two Blue: 'enterprisingly…

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1. Martin Skarbäck10 Aug 2016, 10:24am Report

I strongly disagree with this review. The dance collective is courageous, challenging and the most innovative group I've seen in Edinburgh so far. I am not sure what the overly harsh critic means by 'need more life experience'. Our generation is full of experience, vigor and conscience. To channel all that in their improv piece is impressive and, if anything, taking on big risks.

The way they explored vulnerability and resonance was striking and unforgettable. I am so happy I took a gamble and went to see them.

2. Martin Skarbäck9 Aug 2016, 5:41pm Report

I strongly disagree with this review. The dance collective is courageous, challenging and the most innovative group I've seen in Edinburgh so far. I am not sure what the overly harsh critic means by 'need more life experience'. Our generation is full of experience, vigor and conscience. To channel all that in their improv piece is impressive and, if anything, taking on big risks. There is a plethora of subtle ways to convey life experience, and I am sad to hear that the reviewer failed to understand this.

The way they explored vulnerability and resonance was striking and unforgettable. I am so happy I took a gamble and went to see them. Here is a link if someone is curious about them further: https://vimeo.com/17529629

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