Enclosure 99 - Humans (4 stars)

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Janis Claxton Dance returns with their critically acclaimed ★★★★★ performance inside an enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo. The Herald Angel winner of Dance Base's 2008 programme evolves as the company are joined by four guest dancers from China. A unique display of movement, behaviour and cultural interaction which is funny, disturbing and brilliant - opening a fascinating door into the profound similarities between humans and animals. Feeding time 1pm. Human Animal Talk 3pm. Regular Zoo entry applies. 'A genius idea. It says something profound about the human condition' (Independent). Supported by Confucius Institute of Scotland. www.janisclaxton.com

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Enclosure 99: Humans

18 Aug 20114 stars

Are we human or are we dancer?

The youngest female folds her body into a knot in the corner of the Perspex-fronted cage, slipping her head into the lap of the youngest male. ‘As you can see, this one is particularly flexible,’ explains the zookeeper, wryly. ‘And this one; well, we…

Enclosure 99 - Humans

10 Aug 2011

Janis Claxton dance piece set in Edinburgh Zoo

When Janis Claxton took up daily residence in an Edinburgh Zoo enclosure during the 2008 Fringe, she had no idea how much attention she and her fellow dancers would generate. ‘I was only doing it as an experiment,’ Claxton avows, ‘absolutely unaware…

Dance highlights at 2011 Edinburgh Fringe

20 Jul 2011

Clips from Dance Marathon, Castle Rocks Breakdance and Enclosure 99 - Humans

Dance Marathon. Award-winning Canadian theatre collective, bluemouth inc. invite you to take part in this four-hour endurance test of a show. Strap on your number, pull on some comfy shoes and start dancing. Based on the competitions born out of…

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