A hip hop spin on Dickens and four other dance shows with literary inspirations at Edinburgh Fringe
- Brian Donaldson
- 13 July 2017
James Wilton Dance, Animikii Theatre, FFIN DANCE, Edinburgh Ballet Circle and Avant Garde Dance Company bring performances inspired by literary works
Literature often inspires theatre but this year's Fringe also offers a variety of dance performances inspired by the written word, including works of fiction by Herman Melville and Thomas Mann, and everyone's favourite bedtime reading, the Book of Genesis.
Plucked from John F Wake's book The Cruel Streets Revisited, FFIN DANCE's work revolves around Minnie McGuire aka the most arrested woman in Victorian Wales. Her poverty-stricken life led to prostitution and continual scrapes with the law: a tale that clearly still resonates in modern Britain.
Virago, ZOO, Pleasance, 13–19 Aug, 7.45pm, £10 (£8)
Featuring a cast of seven, James Wilton Dance deliver an athletic interpretation of Herman Melville's epic story in which Captain Ahab obsessively pursues a white whale called Moby Dick. Expect a seamless blend of martial arts and capoeira with a pumping electro-rock soundtrack.
Leviathan, Dance Base, Grassmarket, 8–13 Aug, 5.30pm, £12 (£10). Previews 4–6 Aug, £10 (£8)
After murdering his brother Abel, Cain is haunted by dark memories while living in exile. Animikii Theatre have accepted the challenge of retelling probably the oldest psychological thriller.
Origins, ZOO, Pleasance, 6–25 Aug (not 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21), 12.30pm, £10 (£8). Previews 4 & 5 Aug, £6
Death in Venice
From Thomas Mann's novella comes a tale of unrequited love in the time of cholera, refashioned here by the inspirational Edinburgh Ballet Circle, a non-professional group comprised of nurses, students, lawyers and IT consultants.
Death in Venice, Greenside, Nicolson Square, 21–26 Aug, 7.45pm, £10
Avant Garde Dance Company's hip hop spin on Dickens is an origins story of the man who took young Oliver under his wing in the mean streets of 19th-century London.
Fagin's Twist, ZOO Southside, Nicolson Street, 21–27 Aug, 1pm, £13 (£11). Preview 20 Aug, £11 (£9)