City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Smother, Zoo, Review

By Garry Platt - Posted on 12 August 2016

Show details
Zoo Southside
201 Dance Company
Running time: 
Andrea Walker (Director/Choreography) Patrick Collier (Producer/Associate Director) Orit Sutton (Co-Producer) Louisa Smurthwaite, Norvydas Genys (Lighting Design) Ina Berrgren (Stage Manager)
Amy Lucas, Ash Lloyd, Andrea Walker, Chris Tendai, Dineshi Nirgunananthan, Luca Fracasso, Michaela Cisarikova (Dancers)

Well the show starts with the power levels set to max and pretty much stays there for the rest of the 55 minutes. This is a beautifully choreographed piece of work by Andrea Walker which never falls below par. The range and versatility of his dancers, following where he has led before is wonderful.

The work is fresh without falling into cliche which the hip hop genre is sometimes prone to. Macho machismo stereotypes are refreshingly absent. And the big stage upon which the performance is delivered is a definite bonus and is fully used to create vistas rather than clusters of dancers.

The styles encompassed and the range of emotional content in the piece is comprehensive. The audience is quickly absorbed and drawn into this exploration of gay experience. The changes and segues between scenes are momentary respites from a densely packed and rich experience.

You leave with your head filled with strong images the dancers have drawn on the stage. From ensemble pieces to pas de deux this is a real exploration of sexual identity and compassion or the lack of it. It's a good show, beautifully performed.

Until the 27, 3.20pm