Virtuosity (3 stars)

This article is from 2017


JSLN Dance Company's double bill demonstrates the versatility of dance

It's not really the Fringe until you've sat through a baffling Austin Powers ballet acted out in a shonky Benny Hill style to the theme from Pinky and the Brain. Nurses in scrubs run frantically around the stage waving while (surely Edinburgh's only?) dancing human sphynx cat licks and preens its skin stage left.

But once 'Mojo in Motion', the trippy, nervously 'zany' first half is over, there are leotarded delights waiting in the second half.

Sӧren Magnus Niewelt is the passionate artistic director of JSLN Dance Company, taking outreach workshops into hospitals and care homes, championing the eight dancers he's brought to Edinburgh, and choreographing both works on show here.

In 'Consequential Gaps', sylphs in monochrome Lycra glide through an athletic, precise and fluid display, while harpsichord music plays. Graceful pointe work is mixed in with more contemporary shapes and movements, and silhouettes bend and soar behind a piece of white fabric. The dancers morph freely between clean, classical styles and looser, modern steps, showing off versatility as well as a clear joy at getting a chance to dance.

'I just really think they should be seen!' beams their boss. A bizarre game of two halves, the double-bill finishes on a high.

C, until 28 Aug (not 14), 6.40pm, £10.50–£12.50 (£8.50–£10.50).


  • 3 stars

JSLN Dance Company (Germany) Double bill showing two faces of dance. Mojo in Motion will entertain you through humorous and fun characters based on the Austin Powers movies. It will show you that ballet does not equal dull and boring, but that technique, combined with a great story can open new doors for this art form.