Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Hey, I’m Alive!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd.
For “durational performance”, one can often read “endurance test”, but up on the roof of Dance Base on a sunny day in a shady glade, Hey, I’m Alive! proved a pretty gentle meditation on the daily rigours of living with cystic fibrosis. Three young lads, identically dressed in vests and shorts, are trapped inside giant transparent zorbing balls, pushing at the sides like Kate Bush in the Breathing video, isolated in their own respiratory agonies, necking medication like sweeties, and longing to communicate with something outside their sphere, trying to catch someone’s attention, per the title.
The audience are invited to walk around, interact with the performers or just observe, while listening to the voiceover which combines facts about CF with a yearning story of friendship between two young friends who meet through their relentless rounds of treatment.
A curious toddler took up the offer of play during the half-hour cycle which I saw, before the actors, exhausted from the exertion of hacking and huffing and bouncing off the walls of their Perspex prisons, roll themselves into their “dressing” room ready, literally, for a brief breather, before the debilitating merry-go-round begins again.
Dance Base (Venue 22) until 20 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 20 August 2015
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