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1 THE SEV­ENTH SEAL ED­IN­BURGH FILMHOUSE LOTH­IAN ROAD, TONIGHT UN­TIL THU AUG 2, 8.45PM, VAR­I­OUS AF­TER­NOON SCREEN­INGS

It’s 50 years since cin­ema au­di­ences were first treated to the sight of a me­dieval Knight-Cru­sader – the charis­mat­i­cally gaunt Max von Sy­dow – play­ing a life-or-death game of chess with the Grim Reaper. In truth, this highly the­atri­cal scene from Ing­mar Bergman’s The Sev­enth Seal has been much par­o­died ever since – Woody Allen has had a go, so too have French and Saun­ders. But noth­ing has re­motely di­min­ished the iconic sta­tus of Bergman’s 1957 med­i­ta­tion on life and death, suf­fer­ing hu­man­ity and the very ex­is­tence of God.

Set in the Mid­dle Ages, at a time when plague, su­per­sti­tion and fun­da­men­tal Chris­tian­ity are un­leash­ing havoc in the Knight’s home­land, The Sev­enth Seal broods with dark, dra­matic in­stances of bru­tal­ity and pain – in some cases self­in­flicted in des­per­ate penance, like a last-ditch plea-bar­gain with a dis­pleased and dis­ease-in­flict­ing God. And still our Knight re­fuses to let Death check-mate all mankind ... mak­ing The Sev­enth Seal more about hope than doom and gloom.

A new print is now in cir­cu­la­tion so mod­ern au­di­ences can see for them­selves why this work by the Swedish film-maker has be­come the stuff of cin­ema leg­end. See www.film­house­cin­ema.com.

2 YIN&YANG/ AC­TIONRE­AC­TION MACROBERT ARTS CEN­TRE, UNIVER­SITY OF STIR­LING, TONIGHT AND TO­MOR­ROW, 7.30PM

Through­out this week­end, Martin Robin­son and his Mar­tial Dance crew have been en­cour­ag­ing tinies and teenagers – and adults, too – to try out the kind of mar­tial-arts tech­niques and dif­fer­ent dance moves that the com­pany does on-stage. In fact, Robin­son him­self reck­ons it’s more of a two-way ex­change, and that teach­ing helps him “keep in touch with my au­di­ence and en­sure my work is speak­ing to them. More than that, ideas and mu­si­cal and cul­tural in­flu­ences that come from class­rooms do find their way into my dance – and this res­i­dency at the MacRobert has been an ideal way to ex­pand on this.”

He’s been mak­ing a new piece while at the MacBob and this – called Ac­tionRe­ac­tion – will be part of the Mar­tial Dance dou­ble bill that the com­pany are per­form­ing there. “Ac­tionRe­ac­tion is about provo­ca­tion and re­sponse, about con­straint and free­dom, and about the im­pact of new ideas,” says Robin­son. It’s also about com­bin­ing dance styles – like break­dance or body-pop­ping – with mar­tial arts to cre­ate fresh, en­er­getic and highly watch­able chore­ogra­phies with real ap­peal ... even for folk who tend to give dance a body swerve at the box of­fice.

3 DA­M­AS­CUS TRA­VERSE, ED­IN­BURGH TONIGHT 8PM; TO­MOR­ROW AND WED 7PM When I say that Da­m­as­cus is a

new play by David Greig, then you’ll see why grab­bing a place for one of th­ese preview per­for­mances makes very good sense – once the Fringe proper gets un­der way, chances are this will prove a sell-out hot ticket.

Greig has re­cently been spend­ing time in the Mid­dle East, men­tor­ing new writ­ers there, and he has drawn on some of his own ex­pe­ri­ences for this play about cul­tural cross pur­poses and in­ter­na­tional strife. Set in Da­m­as­cus, the old­est con­tin­u­ously in­hab­ited city on earth, the piece ex­plores what hap­pens when a Scots­man, Paul, ar­rives to sell English lan­guage text­books – and finds him­self grap­pling with words and mean­ings and mis­un­der­stand­ings … oh, and love.

4 TRO­CABRAHMA 07 OLD FRUIT­MAR­KET, GLAS­GOW, TONIGHT & TO­MOR­ROW, 7PM; THE CLAS­SIC GRAND, GLAS­GOW, TONIGHT, 10PM

An old Bri­tish farce, called Charley’s Aunt, re­joices in a run­ning gag that goes “Brazil – where the nuts come from!” Let’s re-write that and say “Brazil – where they’re nuts about mu­sic!” and then head for the venues where Tro­caBrahma is parad­ing a se­ries of mu­si­cal col­lab­o­ra­tions to make your ears zing and your mouth wa­ter.

The line-up is like an in­spired – OK, offthe-wall – game of Con­se­quences. King Cre­osote meets Ro­mulo Froes and the re­sult is sub­lime Scot­tish folk and balmy bossa nova.

Else­where, those Brazil­ian psych-rock su­per­stars, Os Mu­tantes, are play­ing their first-ever live shows in Scot­land; ex­pect ground­break­ing may­hem in the key of Trop­i­calia from them, then add in club­land tear­away JD Twitch (Op­timo) and pre­pare for liftoff.

Need I say you’d be nuts to miss out on an event that prom­ises to be a cock­tail of au­ral de­lights (al­beit spon­sored by Brazil’s best-sell­ing beer). See www.tro­cabrahma. com.

5 PROJECT Y 2007 THE SPACE, DUNDEE COL­LEGE, TO­DAY, 2.30PM & 7.30PM; THE ARCHES, GLAS­GOW, TUES & WED, 7.30PM

Y stands for “youth” – in this in­stance, youth with danc­ing feet. More than two dozen of them, all keen to test their met­tle in new works by four dif­fer­ent chore­og­ra­phers.

The project is headed up by YDance (Scot­land’s Na­tional Youth Dance Agency) and is seen by YDance’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, Andy Howitt, as an in­valu­able bridge be­tween lo­cal youth dance and pro­fes­sional train­ing.

Which means that, across a four week stint at the Space, those young dancers who passed the au­di­tions will find out what it’s like to be in a stu­dio learn­ing moves on the hoof and then re­hears­ing for a short tour of pub­lic per­for­mances.

Howitt him­self has chore­ographed one of the pieces, Mungo Park (in­spired by the life of the 17th-cen­tury ex­plorer). Katy McKe­own, Lisi Perry and Thomas Small have added im­pro­vi­sa­tion, hu­mour and fast-paced phys­i­cal­ity to the mix.

6 YOUTHWORKS RSAMD, GLAS­GOW, THU & FRI, 7.30PM; SAT, 2.30PM & 7.30PM

Film-mak­ing, mu­si­cal theatre, text-based drama – the past month has seen the RSAMD swarm­ing with young peo­ple ei­ther learn­ing lines, hum­ming tunes or point­ing cam­eras in pur­suit of in­ter­est­ing an­gles, as the Academy’s Youthworks pro­gramme swings into ac­tion. And now, it’s time to catch up with the re­sults. Hin­ter­land is a new mu­sic theatre piece about a house party on the shores of Loch Ness that turns out to be more ex­plo­sive than any­one imag­ine. Var­i­ous films will be screened a half-hour be­fore the theatre per­for­mances. De­tails on www.rsamd.ac.uk or call gen­eral en­quiries on 0141 332 4101 or the box of­fice 0141 332 5057.

Clock­wise from main: The Sev­enth Seal; Glas­gow hosts Tro­caBra­hama; Da­m­as­cus, David Greig’s new play; YDance per­forms in Dundee and Glas­gow; Mar­tial Dance is in Stir­ling; Youthworks at RSAMD

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