Dance review: Thread
Dance review: Thread

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Thread, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter. ★★★ The Demonstration Room at Summerhall is a gift for any performer, so rich in atmosphere is it. New York-based multi-media dance company BODYART recognised its potential and puts the former veterinary lecture theatre to good use during its show’s opening moments. Clambering …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Thread, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter.

★★★

The Demonstration Room at Summerhall is a gift for any performer, so rich in atmosphere is it. New York-based multi-media dance company BODYART recognised its potential and puts the former veterinary lecture theatre to good use during its show’s opening moments.

Clambering over the chairs behind us, like creatures of the night, the dancers slowly make their way down to the stage. It’s an astute opening for what we’re about to experience – Ariadne’s descent into the labyrinth, as conceived in Greek myth, the Minotaur.

Thread is not a literal re-telling (if you stumbled upon this show unaware, you would leave none the wiser of its narrative) more a statement on how we try to connect with others. To bring that topic right up to date, and hint at our increasing reliance on technology, an interactive video projection flashes words on to streams of white paper hanging from the back wall.

As the dancers pass in front of it, the green digital imagery covers their bare arms and legs, creating the stand-out moments of this enjoyable work. If the show loses momentum on occasion, the dancing itself remains strong throughout.

Summerhall (Venue 26) until 23 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 20 August 2015

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