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Three To See 2019: Dance Picks

By | Published on Friday 2 August 2019

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

For Now We See Through A Mirror, Darkly | Greenside @ Nicolson Square | 13-24 Aug
This is one from the Made In Scotland showcase, what’s described as a “mystical, innovative dance performance about the connection between what we see and what we believe”. Integral to the performance is a voice over describing and interpreting elements that can’t be seen, which makes the show accessible to visually impaired audiences, but also facilitates understanding of the abstract content for all. “A visually striking and funny world, which can be placed under the slogan of its favourite motif – a smiling snake, a dying sun and the gentle droppings of unclean slime”. Listing here.

The Forecast | Dance Base | 21-25 Aug (pictured)
Amy Bell blends dance, text, animation and a live digital soundscape to create this piece, which challenges conventional ideas of gender and movement, and was inspired by wondering quite where all the queer women in dance are. She’s approached the topic through the lens of the weather (which is why it’s called ‘The Forecast’, obviously) and attempts to challenge stereotypes with a “more radical notion of femininity”, celebrating female queerness. I can’t help thinking this might be the sort of dance piece that could hold the attention of those of you who don’t think you like dance. So why not give it a whirl? Listing here.

(Some)Body | C Aquila | 1-26 Aug
I think this one speaks for itself: “Does a body make us human? Does it have a soul? What hides beneath nudity? What is nudity itself? Nudity is extreme openness and vulnerability and, at the same time, an incomprehensible power connected not only with sexuality. The magic of Eros, the compelling power of nudity, the way up and the way down, transcendence and co-creation, fragility and strength. Life, death, pain and love – all of this complex and unspeakable physical phenomenon is what we are researching in ‘(Some)Body’”. Listing here.