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Three Dance Shows

By | Published on Wednesday 3 August 2022

Three dance shows at Edinburgh Festival 2022…

BreAking | Dance Base | 5-14 Aug (pictured)
We’ve been tipping the odd dance show as we’ve gone along with our Threes To See, of course, but we felt that the medium deserved a section of its own, not least because of all the amazing stuff that’s going on at venues like Dance Base. Alas, we can’t recommend all of the Dance Base programme here, but do take a look at all their listings if you get a chance. In the meantime, consider seeing ‘BreAking’ from the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, which features music by Lee Ilwoo – of the traditional Korean folk, post-rock band Jambinai – plus five contemporary dancers and three top street dancers. It’s a great looking show with an equally great message: “Don’t fit myself into the world. Do it the other way around!” Click here for info and tickets.

Samsara | The Lyceum | 8-29 Aug
The International Festival always has lots of great dance shows too, of course, and this one is no exception. It’s inspired by classic Chinese novel ‘Journey To The West’, and is the work of UK/Indian dancer Aakash Odedra and Chinese dancer Hu Shenyuan, who draw on dance traditions from their respective countries to explore samsara: the wheel of life, of birth, existence and re-birth. “Drawing on thinking and imagery at the heart of Buddhist philosophy, ‘Samsara’s mythological storytelling merges with personal experience from two globally opposite perspectives, in a seductive, astonishing journey of twin movement”. Click here for info and tickets.

Remedy For Memory | Dance Base | 23-28 Aug
Finally, let’s head back to Dance Base for ‘Remedy For Memory’, which is a rather interesting piece of the sort I feel could beckon in the sort of Fringe-goer as yet inexperienced in the ways of physical theatre. It’s a dance theatre experience – a “feminine fantasy” – set in the world of a TV talk show, in which four women explore healing, cosmic wanderings, corporate wellbeing, discovery and desire. “Beautiful people…. Have you been seeking, dreaming, of something more, something less, something beyond? Well, you’ve come to the right place”. Amen to that. Click here for info and tickets.