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Plan B For Utopia, Pleasance Courtyard – Review

Plan B For Utopia - Review - Pleasance Courtyard

Pros: Strong physical performances and lovely music Cons: The theatre wasn’t big enough to house all our dreams Since the premiere of Joan Clevillé’s Plan B for Utopia in 2015, we’ve seen the referendum vote to leave the EU, the election of Donald Trump, and the continued spate of terror attacks. With impressive clarity of vision, Clevillé has succeeded in creating a choreographic language that resonates with humanity and remains relevant in these rapidly changing times. Fittingly, the two performers ...

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One Step Before The Fall, Zoo Southside – Review

Credit: Spitfire Company

Pros: Powerful physical performance Cons: The relentlessly punishing choreography feels pointless at times On a thrust stage, performer Markéta Vacovská pushes herself to her physical limits as she explores the intensity of a boxer’s experience. Whirring limbs become a blur as she punches to the point of exhaustion. At other times she appears to be receiving the blows, shaking her head from side to side repeatedly before reeling backwards and landing sprawled on the floor. Vacovská’s strength and stamina are ...

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Profundis, Zoo Southside – Review

Credit: Mark Douet

Pros: Elegant, clever, playful choreography. Cons: Only thirty minutes long – perfect for the fringe, belongs in a joint billing elsewhere. Choreographer Roy Assaf’s open, flexible style of working has resulted in a confident collaboration with National Dance Company Wales which shimmers from within like a well-cut diamond. A brief 30 minutes long, the piece probes at our desire to create meaning, which might easily result in something vague and pretentious elsewhere but is approached here with light-hearted clarity. A ...

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Last Clown On Earth, Pleasance Courtyard – Review

Credit: Derevo

Pros: Arresting images and dark humour. Cons: A clown in existential crisis inevitably produces a show light on belly laughs.~ For the first half an hour I was baffled. I’ll admit that I had been expecting more of a twinkly eyed, red nosed, falling-over kind of clown. This was a challenging work with striking visual images, but some of the staging was shabby and it didn’t hang together well. Russian actor Adasinsky’s company Derevo (it means tree) made their Fringe ...

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Slapstick, Assembly George Square Theatre – Review

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Pros: Charming, hilarious clowns, who also happen to be virtuoso musicians. Cons: The section with the projection didn’t work well, and made the energy drop. The children in the audience are part of what makes a clown show, and this performance featured the rambunctious laughter of a little boy somewhere at the back, whose timing was perfect and brought the house down twice. The five clowns of Netherlands-based Wëreldbänd reacted with ready charm; in fact, the audience was part of ...

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