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Three To See 2012: Dramatic dance shows

By | Published on Wednesday 25 July 2012

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ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends three dramatic dance shows.

Within This Dust
It’s a very sad and sombre subject matter, but I can see how well this must work as a dance piece. The show consists of three live dance parts, mixed with film and sound, which explore Richard Drew’s famous images of a man falling from the World Trade Centre on 9/11. “Convulses with a brutish force that will electrify and move audiences”, says the programme blurb, and I can well imagine it.
Within This Dust, Dance Base – National Centre For Dance, 7-19 Aug, 6.30pm, fpp187. www.smallpetitklein.com

The Deborah Colker Dance Company presents this adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s novel-in-verse ‘Eugene Onegin’, transporting it from its setting in Russia to contemporary Brazil. With a soundtrack featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and living composer Terry Riley, this contemporary ballet, with its promise of colour, flair, and powerful story telling, sounds like it might be one of the highlights of this year’s International Festival.
Tatyana, The Edinburgh Playhouse, 11-14 Aug, 7.30pm, eifpp18. www.eif.co.uk

Leo (pictured)
Now, this is not strictly dance. I think it rather qualifies as acrobatics. But it most definitely is dramatic … gravity-defyingly so … as ‘Leo’ “lives at 90 degrees to the rest of us, and presents an utterly convincing impression of altered gravity”. We gave this show a ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award last year, and that wasn’t its only prize; the show took away a Fringe First and the Carol Tambor award too. I think we can safely recommend this one as one to watch.
Leo, Assembly Roxy, 2-27 Aug, (not 8,15,22), 1.00pm, fpp181. www.circleofeleven.de

Photo: Andy Phillipson