Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: One Fine Day, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter
This is the debut UK outing for South Korean contemporary dance company EDx2, and it’s a promising one. Presenting a double bill of contrasting works (inexplicably bundled together under the title One Fine Day) the dancers demonstrate a range of influences in their movement, from physical theatre to streetdance, as well as a fluid and energetic approach to contemporary.
Slow to start, Modern Feeling finally picks up pace and generates some genuinely interesting and unusual shapes. Two men explore their relationship journey through a range of emotions, from irritation to compassion. At one point they lock arms, like links in one of those frustrating chain puzzles you get in crackers, and find countless ways to slot in and around each other.
An ensemble work for seven dancers, What We’ve Lost has an appropriate title – because somewhere during the creative process, it seems to have lost its way. Several different personalities burst out of this abstract tale of imagination versus reality, and I’m not sure they all get on. Lacking pace and focus at the beginning, the work meanders along before exploding into fast-paced, synchronised movement which hints at the true potential of this intriguing company.
Assembly Hall (venue 35), until 31 August, noon.
Published in The Scotsman on 29 August 2015
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