Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Hitch!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ben Walters
What better inspiration for a circus show than the master of suspense? The films of Alfred Hitchcock are the basis of this ambitious production from seven-strong company Mary Bijou Cabaret, combining classic circus forms with dance, spoken word and cabaret (including hula hoop, lip-synch and drag). It’s a neat concept with plenty of scope and imaginative results.
Some pieces are no-brainers – Vertigo is the cue for a wire-walking routine – while others are more offbeat. Rear Window becomes a dance piece involving a wheelchair while Rope inspires an act in which a single performer plays both killer and victim. There’s also impressive original music, inspired by the films’ scores and performed live. But the production lacks some of Hitchcock’s key virtues. He was uncompromisingly devoted to compelling storytelling and formal perfectionism. But there’s no overall arc to Hitch!, and too many of the acts lack narrative, or depend on knowledge of the films’ plotlines, or are simply a bit dull. There were also quite a few technical mis-steps. The tempo rises for climactic riffs on the Hitchcock blonde and Psycho, routines that are audacious. perverse and unbothered by good taste – attributes of which the master would surely approve.
Big Sexy Circus City (Venue 347) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 11 August 2015
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