Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val: Dance high­lights

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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.

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