Dance review: T-Dance
Dance review: T-Dance

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: T-Dance, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★ With wooden sticks pressed into their shoulders, fusing them together, four dancers move around the stage. Taking it in turns, they call out instructions on which direction to travel in, how many steps to take, when to stop. If a stick falls, …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: T-Dance, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter

★★★

With wooden sticks pressed into their shoulders, fusing them together, four dancers move around the stage. Taking it in turns, they call out instructions on which direction to travel in, how many steps to take, when to stop.

If a stick falls, they pause and “re-set” before continuing on. It’s a novel idea, which just strays into tedium before they switch to the next section – pretending to “touch” members of the audience.

Again, words are called out, and we imagine the sensation (“woman in the third row wearing green, I’m squeezing you like a tube of toothpaste” – that was me). Then it’s time for the next thing: lifting and carrying volunteers (that wasn’t me). And so it goes on, as the dancers of Vera Tussing Projects find different ways to negotiate the space, and their relationship with each other and us.

There’s an air of gentle discovery to this piece, which occasionally becomes repetitive, but often leads to laughter. There’s also a very real sense of connection between performer and audience by the end, especially during the final moments, when the sticks pass from dancer to dancer to audience, linking us together as one.

Summerhall (venue 26), until 30 August, 2:40pm

Published in The Scotsman on 25 August 2015

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