Dance review: Booking Dance Festival
Dance review: Booking Dance Festival

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Booking Dance Festival, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★ A RATHER pared down ­Booking Dance Festival has journeyed over from the United States this year, with just three companies as opposed to the expected five. In actuality, I’d have been happy with just one – Versa-Style Dance Company from …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Booking Dance Festival, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter

★★★

A RATHER pared down ­Booking Dance Festival has journeyed over from the United States this year, with just three companies as opposed to the expected five. In actuality, I’d have been happy with just one – Versa-Style Dance Company from Los Angeles – a group of life-affirming party starters.

The company’s mission is to pay homage to the roots of hip hop dance; to present it in a way which elicits respect and admiration for the art form; and to highlight issues from everyday life. All of this is wrapped up in a package of energetic performance, hugely enjoyable choreography and great musical choices. Nine dancers of disparate heritage fill the stage with their big personalities, like a beautiful microcosm of the world.

Elsewhere in the programme, Metamorphosis Dance Company from Trinidad and Tobago (billed as “international guests” in the usually all-US programme) perform a pleasing trio blending Afro-Caribbean and contemporary styles.

But it’s hard to know what to make of the four works presented by New York’s Jeanette Stoner and Dancers. Intriguing and touching at times, there’s also a whiff of self-indulgence in a couple of the solos.

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Published in The Scotsman on 15 August 2015

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