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Ringside (Ellie Dubois)

By | Published on Saturday 22 August 2015


There is a word, opia, which means the ambiguous intensity of eye contact. I need that word, and more like it – simple but overflowing with meaning – to describe ‘Ringside’. Words for the crucial distance between a suspended body and the floor, for the sound of someone else’s bones clicking. There is only one spectator at a time: just me, a trapeze, and Ellie Dubois. The audience is part of the performance, in that the intrinsic positions of spectator and subject are boiled down to their intimate bones. I could only describe my relationship to the piece, and even that seems somehow private. I came out into the night with my body tingling, looking, with ambiguous intensity, at everything differently.

Summerhall, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Lucy Diver]