Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: The Muted Note Duo: Dances and Songs based on poems by PK Page, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter.
In an era where Fringe shows are bigger and flashier than ever, there’s something wonderfully authentic about this simple duet. Inspired by their admiration for the work of Canadian poet, PK Page, trombonist Scott Thomson and singer/dancer Susanna Hood breath life into her words via music and movement.
Thomson wrote the score and Hood interprets it (and Page’s poetry) through dance – improvised at every performance, so it’s always unique. Here for their first Edinburgh Fringe, the Canadian duo chat amiably with the audience, giving the whole thing an intimacy that feels unforced and genuine.
Work such as this strays so easily into self-indulgence and pretention, but there’s none of that here. Just two artists, wanting to share and convey their love for another artist’s work. So much so, that they give us a small collection of Page’s poems to take away and read.
The Muted Note Duo won’t light any fires or break boundaries with this show, but spending time in their company left me with a warm glow and a smile.
C Nova (Venue 145) until 22 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 20 August 2015
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