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And Then, One Thousand Years Of Peace (Edinburgh International Festival / Ballet Preljocaj)

By | Published on Friday 31 August 2012

With high fashion, a guy-on-guy kiss and two live sheep, ballet has never been so cool; shame then that the Playhouse was only half full on the opening night of ‘And Then, One Thousand Years Of Peace’. But wait, there’s more. As the title suggests, there is a wealth of depth to this International Festival production, a political statement perhaps – the chains, high walls and water-drenched flags hung out to dry certainly suggest so. It’s ballet in the sense of formation, underlying technique and storytelling but there’s not a tutu in sight. Dramatic, daring, colossal – this is a must-see performance – though merely sitting down to Laurent Garnier’s electrifying musical arrangement feels so wrong: where’s the audience’s dance floor?

The Edinburgh Playhouse, 17-19 Aug, 7.30pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Lucinda Al-Zoghbi]