Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: ZIK’R, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter
A FORMER banker who found her feet, and her voice, aged 30, Karen Ruimy has learned the valuable lesson that if you want to look good, surround yourself with good people. She’s very much the star of this show, and has real stage presence, but circling Ruimy is some serious talent.
An international band of musicians deliver a strong hour of original music infused with rhythms from around the world. Led by “Youth”, former bassist with Killing Joke and producer to the stars, they keep the feel-good factor going throughout.
To one side stand singers Lola Rueda, Javier Macias and Francisco Hidalgo, who add an authenticity to the flamenco, perhaps missing elsewhere, especially when Rueda and Hidalgo step out front and show us the power of their footwork (that’s if you can see them – the Spiegeltent is hardly the best location for flamenco).
Ruimy herself presents a kind of “flamenco lite”, snaking her body and clicking her feet in a way that’s entertaining rather than evocative of Andalusia. She also belts out a few enjoyable numbers.
If it’s hardcore flamenco you’re after, ZIK’R may not be for you. But if you want an enjoyable hour of music, song and dance that’s uplifting and lively, this show has much to offer.
Assembly George Square Gardens (venue 3), run ended
Published in The Scotsman on 29 August 2015
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