I went to Edinburgh fringe for the final week as Choreographer for our show Hunchback (based on Victor Hugo's Novel Notredame de Paris). Here I got the opportunity to see a lot of different performance art, dance and theatre pieces - some of my favourites included -
Flesh by Ugne and Poliana
This was a 45 minute dance piece, performed in two halves by two Spanish women. It was nude and was choreographed to challenge traditional views on the female body and its animalistic potential. Their dance was slow moving showing their naked bodies in new sculptural shapes, showing a transformation between animal and human. It was mesmerising - I forgot they were naked.
Imbalance by Joli Vyann - Turtle Key Arts
This was an interdisciplinary performance fusing circus with mime theatre to challenge audience's perception of how technology affects human relationships. The 2 performers used laptops, phones and a table with 2 chairs to explain to us the crisis that we are in with regards to how we are stuck to screens and not physically sharing moments with our full attention on each other anymore. They counteracted these scenes with beautiful circus duo balances and dance sequences where the dancers relied on each other for physical and mental support. It was a beautiful use of contrast where the act of choreography and acrobatics itself had so much meaning to the concept.
Familie Flöz by Teatro Delusio - Masks
This was another interdisciplinary performance where visual arts met physical theatre and music. This was a beautiful piece where the characters were either homemade puppets or wore masks made out of junk and rubbish. It was a touching story about life on the streets and the harsh realities that those who inhabit these spaces have to face, as well as moments of hope and happiness. It was very low key and humbly made which was refreshing to see in a theatrical space; this really enhanced the message of the performance.