Dance review: Oxygen – Colours

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Oxygen – Colours at Paterson’s Land 
(Venue 247), reviewed by Kelly Apter

A wonderful spirit of collaboration rings out from this enjoyable evening of live music and dance. A joint project between postgraduate dance students at Moray House School of Education, music composition students from the University of Edinburgh, and costume design students at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), the show pays homage to the past while looking firmly to the future.

Kicking off with a superb waltz by Derek Williams, the piece was off-kilter enough to make you hang on every note, yet with touches of traditionalism that evoked images of Viennese ballrooms.

Two dance works followed, the first of which, Colours, was inspired by the late dance innovator, Margaret Morris – and her spirit was indeed in attendance. Choreographed by Vincent Hantam, the piece saw the dancers cross the stage like blossom caught on a breeze – helped in no small part by the ECA students’ beautifully delicate costumes.

A second piece, Tango, created interesting patterns on stage, and had fun with the group dynamics. And if all the dancers didn’t quite manage that sense of effortlessness all performers strive for, then the five musicians certainly had that one covered.

MORE INFO: Oxygen – Colours at Paterson’s Land 
(Venue 247), 16 -17 August

Originally published in The Scotsman