A hip hop spin on Dickens and four other dance shows with literary inspirations at Edinburgh Fringe

A hip hop spin on Dickens and four other dance shows with literary inspirations at Edinburgh Fringe

Leviathan

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.

Virago
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)

Leviathan
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)

Origins
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

Fagin's Twist
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)

Fagin's Twist

Avant Garde Dance Company, presented by The Place 'High energy, precision crafted choreography creates a dark twist on a classic tale' ★★★★ (Stage). 'Daring, dynamic and hugely enjoyable rethink of a much loved Victorian tale' ★★★★ (Times). A tale you think you know unravels and explodes. Fagin's Twist is a…

Origins

Animikii Theatre The untold story of the world's first murderer. After murdering his brother in cold blood, we meet Cain, living out his life exiled from his homeland. Afflicted by his memories and haunted by figures of the past, Cain must now retrace his steps back to Eden in pursuit of answers. Origins is a…

Leviathan

James Wilton Dance Presented by the award-winning James Wilton Dance, Leviathan follows Ahab, a ship's captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale: Moby Dick, a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet beautiful beyond imagining. Ahab’s crew are drawn into the unhinged charisma of their captain, blindly…

Virago

Sue Lewis / John F Wake Virago: a story about social injustice with as much relevance today as in Victorian Wales. Descended from Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famine, Minnie McGuire, the most arrested woman in Victorian Wales, was a victim of poverty in a period of extreme hardship. Convicted as a teenage…

Death in Venice

Edinburgh Ballet Circle As the Sirocco winds bring cholera to the Lido and alleyways of Venice, Dr Aschenbach watches Tadzio swimming in the lagoon… An adaptation of Thomas Mann's novella with strawberries, umbrellas and moments of great beauty.

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