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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh Festival 2002
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2002 12:28 am 
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Review of Luminous in The Independent.

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In a festival devoid of high-profile dance, Saburo Teshigawara's medium-scale, medium-famous Karas company has earned top billing. Luminous, a full evening piece premiered last year, certainly features luminosity – along with a great many shades of black.

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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh Festival 2002
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Reviews from The Scotsman.

Emio Greco.

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WATCHING Emio Greco is like going on a long car journey to an idyllic location. At times you want to shout: "Are we there yet?" But when you arrive, you forget all that went before.
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From Scratch.

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THE Graffito Collective are a dynamic lot. Staged underneath the Iron Belly’s corrugated metal arch, their take on the club scene captures the euphoria and sweaty self-absorption of a night on the tiles.
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Bodies in Crisis

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TO call Bodies in Crisis "personal" would be a terrible euphemism.
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And a musical - The Company of Wolves.

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THIS dark and broody musical explores the relationship between man and beast through a mystical week-long journey in a dark forest.
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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh Festival 2002
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2002 11:37 pm 
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Review of the weeks' dance in The Sunday Times.

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What the Japan- ese choreographer and dancer Saburo Teshigawara achieves with his high-tech lighting design for Luminous, the official festival’s first main-scale dance event at the Playhouse, is, beyond question, stunning. This is a phantasmagoria of brilliant tricks. But except in the most literal sense, I found the work less than illuminating.
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And in The Observer.

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Does Edinburgh dance get any better than the Ku Klux Klan tap routine in Jerry Springer - The Opera? In terms of joyful, audacious tastelessness, no... but the Swiss company Drift does offer up comical suppressed disco-dancing, cookery and cockroaches.
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Also an interview in The Sunday Herald with jan Fabre of Ballet Flanders.

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What do you think of when you hear the words Swan Lake? Scores of ballerinas in Daz-tested white tutus gliding across the surface of a moonlit lake? A feather-clad swan princess swooning in the arms of a handsome prince? All very Princess Tina's Ballet Book. All very Swan Lake.
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Also review of Derevo from The Herald.

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Sadly, the same is also true of the usually magnificent Derevo. The moments when these spectacular performances refer to something beyond themselves are sheer theatrical magic.
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And two sets of Reviews from The Sunday Herald summing up the week's dance.

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Chinvat is a show heavy with dream-like symbolism. Its theme is a legendary bridge that renders those who step on it mute, creating a world where people are judged by deeds, not words.
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Like a visit to the barbers, Boris Charmatz's bizarre installation-for-one, hŽ‰tre-ŽlŽvision, makes you feel special. An usher (or in some cases Charmatz himself) leads you into a darkened room, takes your coat and urges you to lie down on a makeshift bed, complete with pillow, ear-level mini-speakers and panic button.
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Review of Grease in The Scotsman

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American high school kids playing American high school kids. Well, as you'd expect, the accents are spot on. Unfortunately the pace of the show slowed during the dialogue parts. On these occasions the cast didn't dominate the stage in the way that a professional cast might have done.
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Review of Emio Greco in The Times.

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THE emerging theme of the dance programme at this year’s Festival is the elemental opposition between light and dark. On the heels of Saburo Teshigawara’s Luminous came Conjunto di NERO by the Italian Emio Greco and his creative partner, the Dutch theatre director Pieter C. Scholten. This dramatic abstraction, which translates as “conjunction of black”, is the third of their works to be seen at the festival in as many years.
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And in The Independent.

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Twenty minutes before the show begins, one of the dancers is already setting the mood while the audience comes in. Silhouetted against a narrow band of light across the back of the stage, she moves with a sense of purpose equal to (and maybe exceeding) anything that follows.

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And in The Guardian.

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Charismatic dancer and choreographer Emio Greco first landed in Edinburgh in 2000 and fascinated us all. Last year, he turned up more significantly with Double Points 1 & 2. The audience had increased, and Greco's dance proved worth a double-take. This year, he and his collaborator Pieter C Scholten have returned to stage Conjunto di Nero (The Conjunction of Black), a bigger work on a bigger stage with a bigger audience. It has been a remarkably stealthy build-up, culminating in this dramatic, light-soaked piece.
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A whole crop of reviews from The Scotsman.

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Review of Boris Charmatz in The Times.

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THE young Frenchman Boris Charmatz brings a great sense of fun to po-faced, precious dance and art intellectualism. His generous, amused spirit pervades Statuts, the international collection of performances, films and installations he’s curated for the festival.
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And in The Guardian.

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Exciting, a little scary, thrilling, unique, héatre-élévision is also a one-person show. One person in the audience, that is. For only a fiver, you get to spend 50 minutes alone with the work of Boris Charmatz, a young French choreographer who made his festival debut in 1999 in a more traditional setting, on stage. He returns with a surprise package.
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Review of Derevo in the Independent. (please scroll down article)

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Whatever you do, don't sit in the front row of Derevo's La Divina Commedia. You will be buffeted by wind machines, littered with cascading confetti and, if you're really unlucky (as I was), accidentally splashed with wine
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 Post subject: Re: Edinburgh Festival 2002
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Clutch of reviews in The Scotsman.

LUMA

Uncle Wolodja

Rimasto Orfano

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Chinvat the Ninth Bridge

Upside Down

The Circus of Horrors

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Review of Swan Lake in the Telegraph.

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The loudest buzz over the scrappy dance programme at this year's Edinburgh Festival surrounds the Royal Ballet of Flanders and Jan Fabre's new revision of Swan Lake for them.

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And of Boris Chamatz and Emio Greco.

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Boris Charmatz is as charming as his name. Whether he is a dancer, or choreographer, or installationist, or compere, who knows - and who cares, if they've surrendered to the elvish personality of his work.

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And of Swan Lake and Emio Greco in The Times.

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DEATH stalks Jan Fabre’s production of the world’s best-loved ballet. Commissioned by the Royal Ballet of Flanders, this hugely curious, metaphor-laden staging of Swan Lake by the avant-garde Flemish artist, writer and director has not been fashioned for those with a passion for romantic grandeur. You could call it a cold-blooded act of aesthetic murder.
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CONVENTIONAL displays of dance skill have no place in the work of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. Not that the audience at the sole Edinburgh showing of Rimasto Orfano, the second Greco/Scholten collaboration at this year’s festival, didn’t witness some arresting movement
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And of Swan Lake in the Independent.

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Films of an owl winking are shown repeatedly in Jan Fabre's production ofSwan Lake for the Royal Ballet of Flanders. A hint, could that be, not to take it too seriously, because this is by far the silliestSwan Lake I ever saw
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And in The Guardian.

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Performance artist Jan Fabre is the latest director to fish for fresh magic in the waters of Swan Lake. But intriguing as his commission may sound, the tangle of theories, images and lost causes that Fabre dredges up from the ballet's depths fails to challenge the potency of the original.
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And also Greco's second piece Rimisto Orfano.

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Even before the audience are settled, the runway of lights upstage and the single dangling bulb create a sense of anticipation for Rimasto Orfano (Abandoned Orphan). In contrast to Emio Greco's stark black and white Conjunto di Nero, Rimasto Orfano is grey - a soft, signet grey. Deeply reflective, this tone is created by the lighting style perfected by Greco and his creative partner Pieter C Scholten.
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Feature on Yvette Boszik in The Herald.

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Year on year, since 1997, fans of Yvette Bozsik have eagerly scanned Fringe brochures hoping to catch sight of her name. During the mid-1990s, the Hungarian dancer-choreographer had been a key attraction in Richard Demarco's programming: when he chose to put her at the farthest-flung venue on the Fringe - Dundee Rep - hordes trooped off to bus and rail stations and followed her there. So what happened? Why the long absence?

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Crop of reviews previews from The Scotsman.

Mumu's Mummy Land

Bodies in Crisis

Swan lake

Ful Nats Nu

Fantasy

The Mute Who Was Dreamed


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Silent Russians triumph at Fringe
By Rebecca Thomas for BBC News Online

Circus-style act Derevo has won the prestigious Total Theatre award for outstanding achievement for its silent play La Divina Commedia - its second trophy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.
Derevo, a troupe from St Petersburg, Russia, also won a Fringe First in the opening week of the festival for its provocative and shocking big-top show.
Seven shows were singled out for excellence in physical and visual performance by the Total Theatre Network - a group of around 500 arts professionals nationwide.
They include open-air dance act Go Go: The Boy with the Magic Feet from Theatrum Botanicum and play Scapegoat, from Wishbone company, about a husband and wife who run into trouble on holiday.

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Indian potpourri at Edinburgh Festival
By Suniti Singh In Edinburgh for BBC Online

Kala 2002 is the latest link in the chain of events that have made Indian the hottest flavour this summer.
A joint effort between Indian and UK cultural groups, it has brought together more than 150 artists from different parts of India to the Edinburgh festival.
They include classical dancers, musicians, thespians, folk artists, fusion bands and even martial arts performers.
While classical artists like flautist Hari Prasad Chaurasia showcase the rich, cultural heritage of India, fusion music groups like Mrigya present a more contemporary and experimental side.
Together, they represent something of the country's melting pot of cultural and artistic diversity.
Renowned dancer Birju Maharaj is performing the Kathak dance of northern India, while Radha and Raja Reddy provide a new dimension to south Indian Kuchipudi dancing.
And appearing at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo are drum-roaring martial art dancers from the north-east, as well as the President's Bodyguard, the oldest cavalry of the Indian army.

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EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - Along the Royal Mile, Edinburgh's cobbled spine, a high-school theater troupe from Minnesota is competing for crowds with a stilt-walking mime and some Irish dancers, while a self-styled "chain-smoking drag queen" hands out flyers for a comedy show.
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