Dance Reviews

5★★★★★

Review: Ali and Alpo at Summerhall

A deeply powerful show, this intimate, melancholy performance by Finnish dancer Alpo Aaltokoski and Iraqi oud player Ali Alawad is mesmeric and overwhelming. The piece opens a dialogue between Finnish and ...
5★★★★★

Review: Out at Summerhall (Old Lab)

In all the years I have attended the Fringe, never have I been warned about the loudness of a show, before it’s begun; yet soon this warning makes perfect sense. As soon as the doors open, the infectious ro...
In Plain Site at Jupiter Artland
5★★★★★

Review: Trisha Brown – In Plain Site at Jupiter Artland

Even though American choreographer Trisha Brown made visionary work for the proscenium stage, she had – from her earliest creative days in the 1960’s – relished setting danceworks in unconventional, even ...
Kalakuta Republik at the Lyceum
3★★★

Review: Kalakuta Republik at the Lyceum

When the music plays, the dancers who make up Faso Danse Théâtre don’t just grab your attention with their liquid-snake-y hips, rolling shoulder shakes and lissome channeling of shifting rhythms, they also, wh...
5★★★★★

Review: The Chosen at DanceBase

How does one live life, when having acknowledged the harsh reality of death? Company Chordelia approaches the matter through a dazzling contemporary dance piece, capturing the intimidating power of such a prob...
3★★★

Review: Lovely Girls at Zoo Southside

Lovely Girls is an all-singing, all-dancing, much thrusting and grimacing show about two young women’s struggles to be themselves. This show explores internalized sexism and social anxiety through a series of ...
The Crucible at King's Theatre
4★★★★

Review: The Crucible at Edinburgh Playhouse

It shouldn’t work, but it does. Magnificently. Scottish Ballet’s re-imagining of Arthur Miller’s 1953 play, The Crucible, finds the feeling and emotional impulses beneath the words of Miller’s script, as the c...
4★★★★

Review: Xenos at the Festival Theatre

“This is not war. This is the world ending.” So begins Xenos, one of the Edinburgh International Festival’s most eagerly awaited offerings of 2018, and the great Akram Khan’s final solo dance production. The c...
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