By Helen McNaughton and Susan McNaughton
Our teenage reviewer went to the Assembly Hall on the Mound today to see Flashmob, and can report that despite a ‘PG’ rating in the Fringe Programme, there was nothing which a family audience would find untoward, although the average age of the audience on the day we visited was definitely towards the older end of the age spectrum.
The show Flashmob is an action-packed dance show, where different styles of dance and movement combine to create the spectacular show. The dance styles range from hip hop to contemporary ballet, Latin to Irish, giving the opportunity to sample lots of different genres to help you to work out what you’d like to see more of. The dances and the music fitted very well together and contributed to the atmosphere along with the great lighting. The dancers used the space very well and where ever you sat you could see the whole show.
The dancers selected for this showcase of talent have come together via a number of routes. The duo Alleviate reached the final 3 on the TV show ‘Got To Dance’. Their routines were spectacular, incredibly physical and emotional too, and when Renako the male dancer joined in a routine where other dancers were practising and developing a routine, his contribution had the audience gasping in amazement. The Irish dance duo, Brosena, brought a contemporary twist to the traditional Irish dancing. Tommy Franzen (who did so well in the BBC series ‘So you think you can Dance’) and the A Team both brought the hip hop style of dance to the fore in their contributions, and Mike Viry and Yunaisy Farray showed us how fast and furious Latin routines can be.
If we have one criticism of the show, it is that somehow it needs to be integrated rather more, or have some theme running through the dance routines where there is a narrative beyond simply a display of the technicalities of the dance. There were moments of real brilliance where different dance styles competed and were intermingled, and some great interpretation of the music of particular songs, but we felt it lacked cohesion when compared to other dance shows which we have seen during this and previous Fringe Festivals.