Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019

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:
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/letter
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.
https://www.dancebase.co.uk/festival-2019/from-the-top-2-25-aug-1475
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.
https://www.dancebase.co.uk/festival-2019/taiwan-season-floating-flowers-2-25-aug-1487

Also:

* 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.
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/it-will-come-later
“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:
https://londonkoreanlinks.net/2019/08/21/review-round-up-lkl-at-the-2019-edinburgh-fringe/

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About Colin Bartlett

I'm interested in arts, mathematics, science. Suliram is a partial conflation of the names of three good actors: Ira Aldridge, Anna May Wong, and another. My intention is to use a personal experience of arts to make some points, but without being too "me me me" about it. And to follow Strunk's Elements of Style. Except that I won't always "be definite": I prefer Niels Bohr's precept that you shouldn't write clearer than you think.
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