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Princess Bari (Edinburgh International Festival / Eun-Me Ahn Company)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Choreographer Eun-Me Ahn’s impeccable piece of dance theatre tells the moving Korean legend of Princess Bari, the seventh daughter of a king who is sacrificed to the sea in desperate hope of securing the secession. The production is a lavish collage of styles and traditions, fusing influences taken from Western ballet and contemporary club music with p’ansori – a kind of Korean opera – and native instruments, including a double-headed drum and a two-stringed fiddle. Although the language used is Korean, the beautiful imagery and expressive physical displays elucidate the plot, captivate, and engage the imagination. The overall effect is magical, highly polished, visually striking, and bursting with an energy tempered by darker, almost carnal elements.

The Edinburgh Playhouse, 19 – 21 Aug, 7.30pm (9.00pm), £10.00 – £30.00, eifpp8.
tw rating 5/5