Edinburgh Festival: Dance highlights
sequenced, a mass of data is sampled before every show to determine exactly what his dancers will do on stage, ensuring a unique, one-off performance each time. If all that sounds rather too convoluted and conceptual, it might be an idea to simply sit back and let the skills of Wayne McGregor wash over you.
Other International Festival delights come from the L-E-V Dance Company with their two-part Love Cycle; Philippe Saire Company’s family-friendly spectacle, Hocus Pocus and in a feat of innovation that has to be seen to be believed, Cold Blood is a feature-length cinemadance show which tells various stories simply through the idiosyncratic beauty of dancing fingers.
That might sound like the sort of thing the Fringe would be up to, but their dance programme has plenty of sophisticated treats of their own on the bill.
Tap dancing has become more innovative in recent times and the Old Kent Road troupe ramp it up further with OSCiLLATE, a show about the difficulty of communication, while an AustralianScottish collaboration results in The Spinners, an evocative journey into Greek myth.
The Troth features more First World War reflections as the Akademi group retell the story of one soldier’s sacrifice to save another.
Australian company Burn The Floor entertain us with an explosion of tango, rumba, salsa and jive, and Juilliardtrained Laura Careless pulls together a wide array of collaborators for SheWolves, revolving around some of the lesser-known names from history who proved to be remarkable female leaders.
And a bolt-on crowd-pleasing hit seems assured from Tokyo’s Wasabeats Crew who bring us Break Free, with champion urban dancers portraying a daring escape from jail. edfringe.com eif.co.uk
Award-winning dancer and choreographer Akram Khan will be performing in a production with XENOS.