“The performers fly, spring, fall physically forming relationships with each other.”
WHO: Vanessa Cook, Choreographer
WHAT: “Five extraordinary dancers weave aerial acrobatics and earth-bound choreography in a new work of compelling and visceral dance theatre. Visually stunning, suspended in a mesmerising soundscape, raw and beautiful, Creature explores the delicate balance between flying, falling, balancing, tumbling, succeeding and failing: this complex business of being human. A unique free fall experience for both performers and audience, it happens right in front of us, over us, and around us. UK Premiere from international company based in Switzerland. Creature is conceived and choreographed by Vanessa Cook (UK) and directed by Kate Higginbottom (UK).”
WHERE: C venues – C south (Venue 58)
WHEN: 17:35 (50 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
This is our first time to Edinburgh. Company members have been many times as punters, but this is the first time performing. I am British, but now live in Switzerland, so it’s especially nice for me to be returning to the UK with a with a show. The other members of the company come from Switzerland, Italy and Poland so they’re thrilled to be here.
Tell us about your show.
Creature is choreographed by me Vanessa Cook. It is an aerial dance show that uses ropes/harnesses/bungee equipment. The performers fly, spring, fall physically forming relationships with each other. Originally made and performed in a massive warehouse in Bern, Switzerland, this piece in Edinburgh is an adapted version for a smaller theatre venue. It can be performed in large or smaller venues.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
I really enjoyed a show called ‘Land’. It was playing at Summerhall (but has finished already). One performer is bouncing on a trampoline, obsessively doing a jigsaw. Their relationship unravels in ridiculous and funny ways. For me it was a metaphor for how we try to ‘help’ each other, but don’t listen to each other.
But still playing is ‘All the Fun’. This is a charming and clever show.
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