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Credit: M. Zakrzewski
Credit: M. Zakrzewski

Wind-Up, ZOO Southside – Review

Pros: Inventive movement vocabulary complemented perfectly by witty original music.

Cons: A slightly flat beginning, perhaps caused by the absence of projections used in previous productions.

Pros: Inventive movement vocabulary complemented perfectly by witty original music. Cons: A slightly flat beginning, perhaps caused by the absence of projections used in previous productions. The unmistakable sound of an alarm clock kicked off this dynamic and entertaining piece for the six dancers of Prague’s 420People. Lined up at the front of the stage, they make several attempts to run at wooden crates which are balanced on their sides, and to hop up onto them without toppling off. The ‘will they or won’t they’ tension drew the audience in, and there was humour when the dancer at the…

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Excellent

World class contemporary dance brimming with wit, verve, and originality.

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The unmistakable sound of an alarm clock kicked off this dynamic and entertaining piece for the six dancers of Prague’s 420People. Lined up at the front of the stage, they make several attempts to run at wooden crates which are balanced on their sides, and to hop up onto them without toppling off. The ‘will they or won’t they’ tension drew the audience in, and there was humour when the dancer at the end of the line faltered several times.

A wealth of movement ideas were packed into forty minutes. The mechanisms of clocks were depicted with delightful clarity. Arms sweeping and swimming became heavy pendulums and hands, while tiny vibrating movements illustrated the intricate cogs and wheels. When the dancers moved in unison the music seemed to come to the foreground – metronomic yet full of contrast, layered with lighthearted ticks, tocks, and bells.

The crates on the stage evoked images of labour, industry and uniformity. The motif of the dancer on the end of the line who wouldn’t conform reoccurred several times; perhaps a clock that wouldn’t work, or a worker that wouldn’t clock on.

A female dancer seated on a crate read aloud the safety instructions for a powerful spring used in clock mechanisms, which advised caution due to its potential for explosive energy. As the music swelled to a climax the piece seemed to touch on wider themes – repetition and memory, and the oppressive nature of clock-time. The dancers leapt and spun in unison and their joyful vitality seemed to defy time even as they moved with it, before finally leaving us in breathless silence.

Choreography: Václav Kuneš with 420PEOPLE
Music: Amos Ben-Tal
Booking Until: 19 August 2017
Box Office: 0131 226 0000
Booking Link: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/wind-up

About Alexandra Gray

Alexandra Gray
Alexandra’s love of physical theatre first became clear at five years old when she veered off script in the school nativity play. At the entrance of the Angel Gabriel, she cartwheeled across the stage crying ‘Yippee, an angel of the lord!’ and the Virgin Mary burst into tears. Following this auspicious start, she went on to study dance and theatre and is currently doing her Masters in English Literature. When not in the library or at the theatre, she can be found singing jazz professionally, teaching yoga, and growing broad beans.