Initially a quick post so I can link to three shows which I recommend, one of which I haven’t seen yet.
* In the 1999 London Mime Festival I saw a wonderfully inventive & funny show “The Letter” by Paolo Nani. I went because an inspiration for it was the French writer Raymond Queneau’s “Exercises in Style”.
Here’s a review of that 1999 performance: http://totaltheatre.org.uk/archive/reviews/paolo-nani-letter
I just found out, completely by chance, that it’s on in Edinburgh until Sunday 25 August 2019, so I for one will be going to see it:
That link has links to other 2019 reviews, at least one of which (I think) get’s the basic plot a bit wrong, but they are all very positive.
It’s at 17:30 and lasts about one hour.
The rest of my suggestions are contemporary dance shows.
* “From the Top” by Victor Fung (Hong Kong) at DanceBase. I saw this yesterday: a good dance piece and a funny take on a somewhat dysfunctional relationship between a choreographer and two dancers rehearsing a new piece. It’s about 30 minutes long, but to me it felt like only 15 to 20 minutes. (That *is* a compliment.)
At 18:30 until Sunday 25 August 2019.
A review: http://exeuntmagazine.com/reviews/edinburgh-fringe-review-top-victor-fung/
* “Floating Flowers” (Taiwan) at DanceBase. I saw this yesterday – it’s excellent, but is unsurprisingly sold out for the rest of the run. I suggest getting to the venue at least an hour, and probably better is at least 90 minutes, before 15:30 show start to queue for returns (that’s what I did). It’s about an hour long, and is on until Sunday 25 August 2019.
* Between 1996 and 1998 I saw three excellent dance pieces (two solos for the choreographer herself, and one for four female dancers) by Mui Cheuk Yin (also from Hong Kong). So I was delighted to find that she’s in this year’s Fringe. I’d be going anyway, but I’ve also been told by another choreographer that it’s good. I haven’t seen this yet, and judging by the two reviews I’ve skimmed it might not appeal to people who don’t see a lot of contemporary dance.
“It Will Come Later” at 13:00 for about one hour until Sunday 25 August 2019.
* I’ll be going to several Korean events, all of which are described here: