22 May 2016
Reviewed by Lynsey Roberts
Life is a production that is seen as two halves of the same subject; life and death, black and white, yin and yang. The first half of this double bill is called Rabbit, choreographed by Pontus Lidberg. It begins with a man and rabbit dancing gently dressed in Victorian attire. As more rabbits roll, hop and skip onto the stage the dancing becomes more intense and erratic demonstrating the coming together of everything and allowing a huge amount of interpretation to be had.
The second half of Life is called Fiction. Choreographed by the controversial Javier de Frutos this is very different from Lindberg’s piece. With a mix of music and voiceovers it tells the story of a dance rehearsal finding out by way of an obituary about their choreographer (staged) death. This is much lighter hearted than the first half but equally intense in parts. It is mesmerising how the entire BalletBoyz ensemble move and contort their bodies to the powerful music.
The Kings Theatre is a traditional very small and beautiful theatre with a warm atmosphere and ambiance. It is very comfortable and clean with helpful, friendly staff. Our seats in the lower level provided an excellent view of the stage. The theatre is located in the heart of Edinburgh City Centre, so easily accessible by public transport with parking available around the theatre. There is also plenty of option for pre/post theatre drinks and food with a variety of restaurants and bars nearby.
I had an enjoyable evening at the Kings Theatre watching these amazing dancers. I would recommend the production to friends and family that appreciated the art of dance but not a show perhaps for those that don’t.
BalletBoyz Life is currently on tour around the UK, for more information and tour dates visit www.balletboyz.com.
For other shows at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh visit www.edtheatres.com.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000