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Three To See 2018: Three outstanding dance and physical pieces

By | Published on Saturday 28 July 2018

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three outstanding dance and physical pieces.

Queer Words | Greenside @ Infirmary Street | 13-25 Aug
This sounds fabulous, and though it is in the section of the programme marked Dance, Physical Theatre And Circus, this is a performance that goes beyond that, embracing and incorporating elements of other genres too. In fact, this multidisciplinary show combines storytelling, spoken word, dance and physical theatre in its investigation of toxic ideals and the crisis of masculinity at an open mic night. Expect something brutally honest, darkly funny and at times controversial, that addresses our culture of violence and insecurity with sketches about the male perspective, feminism, gender inequalities, and homophobia.

Casus: You And I | Assembly Roxy | 2-26 Aug
“Poets spend their lives writing about it, everyone thinks about it, but when love is between two men some people turn a blind eye. This transparent journey of love, circus and friendship celebrates the importance of being visible in a world of closed doors”. If you’re a fan of love – and aren’t we all? – and also a fan of circus, then this may well be a perfect show for your 2018 tick list. It promises to be a beautiful and empowering exploration of the relationship between two performers, incorporating high-level acrobatics, trapeze, magic and dance.

Egg | Summerhall | 1-26 Aug (pictured)
Our final recommendation for this section is another with a circus feel, as it’s an aerial theatre production of a piece tackling the highly sensitive and ever topical issue of female fertility, sexuality and choice. The company behind this, Paper Doll Militia, have put together personal testimonies with live musical, and the aforementioned aerial work, to create a show that will take its audience on a personal and political journey. Always interesting to see heavier issues explored through this kind of form.

Photo: Rich Dyson