Booking Dance Festival – Showcase

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (dance, physical theatre & circus): Booking Dance Festival – Showcase at Venue150 @ EICC (venue 150). Review by Kelly Apter

The line-up may change each year, but one thing you can always rely on with Booking Dance Festival is the variety. The 2014 line-up features seven American dance companies, so if you’re looking for an easy way in to the current US dance scene, this is a great place to start.

Not everyone shines equally bright in this quick-fire line-up, but three companies are well worth further investigation.

Antara Bhardwaj’s introduction to the Indian classical dance style of Kathak is educational, entertaining and utterly engaging. Dressed in a beautiful green and gold dress, the San Francisco-based dancer’s fast, hypnotic spins are a real sight to behold.

New York’s The Bang Group mix talent and quirkiness to create something new and fresh. Slapstuck finds two dancers wearing microphoned suits made of Velcro, emitting a fantastically percussive sound as they press together then rip apart. This is followed by 12×4, a fun tap quartet inspired by Steve Reich.

Also from New York, the Barkin/Selissen Project present two excerpts from longer works, and leave us longing for more. Some groups in the Booking line-up give strong performances, others offer new and intriguing choreography, astute musical choices or a deep emotional connection. Barkin/Selissen, however, has the lot.

Until 17 August. Today 2pm.

Originally published in The Scotsman

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