FRINGE REVIEW – In the Dust

*****

For some of the most innovative dancing of this year’s Fringe, go see “In The Dust”. It is performed by 2Faced Dance Company, comprising 8 male dancers, and led by artistic director Tamsin Fitzgerald. The sheer physicality and almost animalistic masculinity is defied by the effortlessness and grace with which the choreography is performed.

A triple bill, the overarching themes in the performance include survival of the fittest versus individual vulnerability. Mainly a fusion of contemporary, breakdance and street dance, though with elements of capoeira and acrobalance tricks, the performance does not cease to impress.

“Subterrania”, choreographed by Tom Dale, is first up on the bill. There is an Armageddon quality to the piece, helped by industrial music, urban costuming and eerie lighting. The audience members are given a brief glimpse of Doomsday in a solo performed in a gas mask to futuristic music, which melts into an army of dancers united to dance-fight their fate.

The second piece is “Politicking Oath”, choreographed by Freddie Opoku-Addaie. Seemingly a parody of the Olympic games, this piece shows fierce, pigheaded competitiveness and amazing athleticism between three dancers. Sports such as synchronised swimming, boxing and gymnastics are interpreted in dance form; leaving the audience thinking that perhaps the dance form is more physically demanding than the sport itself!

Finally, Tamsin Fitzgerald’s “7” explores human fragility. With smoke billowing on the stage and dust rising from the dancer’s bodies, faint lighting and dark music, this piece evokes a place abandoned of hope. Indeed, the piece is inspired by Fitzgerald’s visit to Haiti a year following the aftermath of the earthquake. The dancers glide with balletic refinement across the stage in this piece, and the partner work is incredible. This finale hits home the message that by sticking together, we are much more likely to survive.

By Ingrida Dornbrook

Until 29 August, 16:00 (17:05) @ Zoo Southside

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