News: Go north for dance

Monday 15 August 2011

Scottish Ballet. Adam Blyde, Eve Mutso & Tama Barry in Kenneth MacMillan’s 'Song of the Earth'. Photo: Graham Wylie.

This year’s Edinburgh International Festival celebrates the art and culture of Asia in all its diversity – and its influences on the West. Dance highlights include French-Vietnamese choreographer Ea Sola’s re-creation of her critically acclaimed meditation on the human cost of war, Drought and Rain*, New York-based Chinese choreographer Shen Wei’s *Re-Triptych*, the south Indian Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, Korean choreographer Eun-Me Ahn and her company’s colourful tale of Princess Bari – and The National Ballet of China’s *The Peony Pavilion*.

On their home ground, Scottish Ballet perform a new work by rising star Jorma Elo, (resident choreographer of Boston Ballet) and Kenneth Macmillan’s *Song of the Earth*. Artistic Director Ashley Page will be joined a panel discussion in the Continental Shifts series to discuss Macmillan’s work, chaired by Graham Sheffield, Director of Arts at the British Council. (Sun 28 Aug, The Hub )

Full dance programme at Edinburgh International Festival 2011

Meanwhile on the fringe there are around 90 dance shows to choose from. Check our the full list – and here are a few that have caught our eyes – and some that we’ve reviewed in London

Barrowland Ballet’s _*A Conversation with Carmel* _is a little gem of a show, with a multigenerational cast which gives a real richness and complexity. It centre’s on the 80th birthday party of grandmother Carmel (played by Diana Payne-Myers, herself over 80 and a one-time DV8 performer) and her family, who include the ex Royal Ballet dancer Matthew Hawkins as her middle aged son, (and a deeply convincing embarrassing dancing Dad), choreographer/devisor Natasha Gilmore and her show stealing son Otis – who has yet to reach his first birthday. It also features filmed reminiscences of participants who worked with Gilmore on Capital Stage – her East London Dance project for Big Dance last year. Well worth catching at St George’s West, 19 – 24 Aug

Luca Silvestrini’s *LOL (Lots of Love)* is one of his strongest productions yet for his company Protein Dance. A witty and sometimes serious look at the way we conduct relationships online it’s also Laugh out Loud. Read our review. Zoo Southside, 22 – 27 Aug

Relationships are also on the agenda for home team Scottish Dance Theatre with a programme of duets and a longer work by New York choreographer Kate Weare in *Matters of the Heart*. Zoo Southside, 23 – 28 Aug

We saw a preview performance of State of Flux’s _*Forgetting Natasha* _at Rich Mix in London last year and said then that this multilayered production using dance, poetry and digital media on the subject of memory loss was ‘unmissable’ – and it’s already won some five star reviews Edinburgh this year.Zoo Southside to 27 Aug

Jean Abreu and Jorge Garcia (UK and Brazil) bring _*Parallel Memories* _ – “Delicate, minimalist, physically intense dance theatre” to C Venues,15 – 29 Aug
Set it Off street dance championships are in town on 20 August 2Faced Dance Company have a new show of ‘break infused contemporary dance’ featuring choreography by Tom Dale, Place Price finalist Freddie Opoku-Addaie and company director Tamsin Fitzgerald. Zoo Southside 15 – 29 Aug. Tom Dale also brings his own company to Dance Base, 22 – 27 Aug.

New Art Club are now officially categorized by the Fringe Festival as ‘comedy’ but we’re betting there will still be some ‘dance’ in there somewhere. Check out their Quiet Act of Destruction at the Assembly George Square until 28 Aug.

We’re sorry we missed the four hour audience participatory Dance Marathon*. Bluemouth Inc’s interactive dance show is inspired by the dance competitions of the Depression era and attracted alot of press attention: “the concept is a blinder and it’s a great night out that signposts that theatre probing performance with the audience, rather than for an audience, has a future full of possibilities.” said Lyn Gardner in the Guardian.. But Dance Umbrella are bringing it to London in October.*

Much, much more dance on the Fringe: www.edfringe.com**
and at the official festival: www.eif.co.uk

Our round up the national press reviews Edinburgh dance*

  • Chance to see in London*
*Ea Sola’s Drought and Rain comes to Sadler’s Wells, 19 & 20 September Dance Marathon comes to the Barbican Pit, 13 – 15 October part of Dance Umbrella 2011.

_Scottish Ballet. Adam Blyde, Eve Mutso & Tama Barry in Kenneth MacMillan’s ‘Song of the Earth’. _
Photo: Graham Wylie.

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