Edinburgh Festival

EIF dance review: Ballett Zurich: Kairos and Sonett

Edinburgh International Festival dance review: Ballett Zurich: Kairos and Sonett at Edinburgh Playhouse, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★★ When I heard that Wayne McGregor had choreographed a piece to Max Richter’s Recomposed – Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, I’ll confess to thinking that nothing in the movement could come close to the beauty and …

EIF dance review: Ballett Zurich: Kairos and Sonett

Edinburgh International Festival dance review: Ballett Zurich: Kairos and Sonett at Edinburgh Playhouse, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★★ When I heard that Wayne McGregor had choreographed a piece to Max Richter’s Recomposed – Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, I’ll confess to thinking that nothing in the movement could come close to the beauty and …

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August 31, 2015

EIF dance review: Seven

Edinburgh International Festival dance review: Seven, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★★ It’s performances such as this that give the Edinburgh ­International Festival its reputation. Big, bold, a little off-kilter (but not too much) and bursting at the seams with talent. Dusseldorf’s Ballett Am Rhein is a company like few others. Without a hierarchy …

EIF dance review: Seven

Edinburgh International Festival dance review: Seven, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★★ It’s performances such as this that give the Edinburgh ­International Festival its reputation. Big, bold, a little off-kilter (but not too much) and bursting at the seams with talent. Dusseldorf’s Ballett Am Rhein is a company like few others. Without a hierarchy …

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August 24, 2015

Dance review: Lo Real/ le rÉel / the real

Edinburgh International Festival dance review: Lo Real/le rÉel/the real, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★ It happened at around the 25-minute mark. A dawning realisation that this confusing, disjointed and alienating show was not, in fact, going to get any better. You could almost sense it in the auditorium – and most certainly hear …

Dance review: Lo Real/ le rÉel / the real

Edinburgh International Festival dance review: Lo Real/le rÉel/the real, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★ It happened at around the 25-minute mark. A dawning realisation that this confusing, disjointed and alienating show was not, in fact, going to get any better. You could almost sense it in the auditorium – and most certainly hear …

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August 21, 2015

EIF dance review: TAO Dance Theatre

Edinburgh International Festival dance review: TAO Dance Theatre, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★ If you stumbled in off the street, unsure what to expect, TAO Dance Theatre might present you with a few challenges. The choreography of its artistic director, Tao Ye is many things – but quick-changing isn’t one of them. He …

EIF dance review: TAO Dance Theatre

Edinburgh International Festival dance review: TAO Dance Theatre, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★ If you stumbled in off the street, unsure what to expect, TAO Dance Theatre might present you with a few challenges. The choreography of its artistic director, Tao Ye is many things – but quick-changing isn’t one of them. He …

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August 19, 2015

EIF dance review: Sylvie Guillem – Life in Progress

Edinburgh International Festival dance review: Sylvie Guillem – Life in Progress, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★★ Rarely has the Festival Theatre seen a moment as poignant as this. Standing at the edge of the stage, absorbing the tidal wave of admiration rushing towards her, Sylvie Guillem looks visibly moved. She’s not the only …

EIF dance review: Sylvie Guillem – Life in Progress

Edinburgh International Festival dance review: Sylvie Guillem – Life in Progress, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★★★ Rarely has the Festival Theatre seen a moment as poignant as this. Standing at the edge of the stage, absorbing the tidal wave of admiration rushing towards her, Sylvie Guillem looks visibly moved. She’s not the only …

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August 10, 2015

Scottish Ensemble Commonwealth Strings

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (music): Scottish Ensemble Commonwealth Strings at the Queen’s Hall. Reviewed by Carol Main In a no-holds-barred blockbuster of a programme yesterday morning, the Scottish Ensemble appeared in collaboration with Commonwealth Strings, an initiative linked to this year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games to highlight the talents of young classical players from Commonwealth …

Sweet Mambo

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (dance): Sweet Mambo at the Playhouse. Reviewed by Kelly Apter “Don’t forget”, implores a dancer, after telling us her name, “don’t forget.”  Standing at the front of the stage, talking directly to the audience, the request feels heartfelt and urgent. Other dancers do likewise, but actually it feels as if …

Ricercar Consort

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (music): Ricercar Consort at Greyfriars Kirk. Reviewed by David Kettle With four viols of various different species on stage, each with an abundance of strings, there was always going to be a lot of tuning. Maybe it was that which made the Ricercar Consort’s International Festival recital in Greyfriars seem …

Gnosis

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (music): Gnosis at the King’s Theatre. Reviewed by Kelly Apter He stands alone in the spotlight, arms snaking up to the light, every inch of his body alive and ready to receive the rhythms generated by those who share the stage with him. It’s an instant reminder that watching Akram …

I Am

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (dance): I Am at The Edinburgh Playhouse. Reviewed by Kelly Apter Lemi Ponifasio’s work is not without its shortcomings, as the walk-outs from his International Festival show demonstrated, but rarely have I seen a show with such a proliferation of striking, unforgettable images. The Samoan director and choreographer has an …

Wu Man, Sanubar Tursun and Friends

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (music): Wu Man, Sanubar Tursun and Friends at Greyfriars Kirk. Reviewed by Carol Main ‘Ongoing challenges’ is how EIF director Jonathan Mills described the visa problems which meant that the other two musicians who were scheduled to appear as part of Wu Man, Sanubar Tursun and Friends were not on …

Escaping War

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (dance): Escaping War at The Hub. Reviewed by Kelly Apter At the time of writing, I’m wearing a pink face and a layer of sweat because Bal Moderne’s Escaping War is part show, part workshop. And although joining in with the “unique participatory experiences” of the Belgian company is not compulsory, …

Dance review: LA Dance Project

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review: LA Dance Project at the Playhouse, reviewed by Kelly Apter This is the kind of show that gives contemporary dance a good name. A performance that recruits a few newcomers to the fold, loses them again, then wins them back – all in one evening. In short, it does everything …

Dance review: Madame Freedom

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review: Madame Freedom, at the King’s Theatre, review by Kelly Apter With its promise of live dance and digital technology, Madame Freedom was always going to challenge our sense of focus. Where do you look, when the action on stage seems just as important as that on screen? At one point, …

Dance review: Im (Goldenen) Schnitt I

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review: Im (Goldenen) Schnitt I at Festival Theatre, reviewed by Kelly Apter Originally created by German dance theatre pioneer Gerhard Bohner in 1989, Im (Goldenen) Schnitt I has since become more synonymous with Barcelonan dance maker Cesc Gelabert. Since re-constructing the work in 1996, four years after Bohner’s death, Gelabert has …

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