A clutch of four reviews from The Scotsman.
We’ve come to expect the unexpected during the Festival, but I can virtually guarantee this is the most unusual show in Edinburgh this August. French choreographer Boris Charmatz has created a work so unique that even if you don’t like it, it’s worth the £5 admission just to talk about it at dinner parties.
Taekwon ‘Diamond’ MORE
AT FIRST glance, Taekwon ‘Diamond’ strikes you as the dance equivalent of a Manga cartoon. Primal forces are set against each other in a stylised fusion of the martial art of Taekwondo with jazz dance and hip hop. The Korean cast are fiercely energetic yet highly controlled, their movements always sharply defined. Through a series of set pieces we join them on a journey through conflict and love, then finally to unity.
Empire Of The Senses MORE
THE Empire of The Senses, a frenzied ode to physical and spiritual ecstasy, Fringe doyenne Shakti flails around for 45 minutes in a variety of chiffon and silk. Backed by a Vangelis-like soundtrack, she shakes, wiggles and gyrates her body with hyperactive passion.
The Government Inspector MORE
The Government Inspector’s name strikes fear into people’s hearts.
In Gogol’s story a young man with a "great, long dripping nose" dupes small town dignitaries into believing he’s an emissary from St Petersburg checking up on them.
And a musical.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
THIS show is not really a musical, more a collection of song-sketches, each charting a different stage in the boy meets girl, boy asks girl out, continuum. The songs of Jimmy Roberts and Joe di Pietro are witty in that way that only American musicals can pull off. The music is clever and has its own wittiness. It would be tough to make this smart, sassy little show unenjoyable.