Dance review: Edinburgh Choreographic Project

Edinburgh Choreographic Project. Pic: Comp
Edinburgh Choreographic Project. Pic: Comp
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THE Edinburgh Choreographic Project aims to create modern dance that will entice, provoke and inspire to a wide audience.

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The Studio at The Festival Theatre, Potterrow

Jammed packed with work by both established and rising choreographers, there’s a lot to get through in one evening. Luckily, this group of independent professional dancers based in Scotland take us on a journey that won’t discourage audiences.

Each piece shown at The Studio at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre will be the first time they’re performed to a Scottish audience. Most notably is Royston Maldoom’s Adagietto No.5.

The first section of the show, New Work, is a four-piece sequence that uses the music by the American band Puscifer. Recognised for featuring on the soundtracks of high octane action films, such as Transformers 3, it aims to challenge both the physical and artistic side of each dancer.

Showcasing the talent of up-and-coming choreographers, the performers glide through each song with sharp and sleek precision. However, while some sequences stand taller than others, it unfortunately lacks in the emotional impact that it tries to create.

But the true talent that these performers have, especially Joel Wilson and Aikaterini Chatzaki, lies in Maldoom’s pieces. Black Earth, pays homage to the people Maldoom met while travelling through south-eastern Europe. Performed entirely by Wilson, his interaction with Fazil Say’s piano composition is what really makes this piece shine. His emotion and stage presence provides a wonderfully insightful performance, which will leave audiences engrossed throughout.

Adagietto No.5 also demonstrates the professional side that this dance group have. Filled with more intricate moves, the performers show confidence when tackling Maldoom’s work. Gustav Mahler’s music, mixed with the emotional story of shifting relationships, still stands strong when it was first performed almost 40 years ago.

The final instalment comes from Polish choreographer, Malgorzata Dzierzon, and her 2009 piece, For P. The precise choreography in Szymon Brzoska’s music successfully brings everything together for a satisfying finish.

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