26 May 2015
Reviewed by Debbie Douglas
The King’s Theatre in Edinburgh is one of my favourite theatres as we always attend the pantomime here and have done for a few years. It is beautifully ornate and if you weren’t there to watch a show you could spend hours gazing at the ornate décor of the theatre. It is easily accessible by bus and if you are feeling fit and its not raining it is a lovely walk up Lothian road to get to it.
Cross Currents is one of the Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) at Edinburgh College highlights of the year and is their end-of-year production. Featuring the choreographic work of dance teaching staff from PASS, student dancers will showcase contemporary and jazz styles.
Cross Currents 2015 is themed around World War II to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict, each of the dance pieces in the show focused on a different aspect of WWII, taking the audience through the emotional journey of six years’ worth of wartime life stories. This included both the highs and the lows.
The choreography was diverse and included, contemporary, creative movement, as well as the more traditional swing, jazz and tap. The music was as mixed as the dances and included modern songs to good old singalong songs including Roll Out the Barrel, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary and Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag which had the audience literally waving their flags and toe tapping along. My highlights were the dance with the shirts as props signifying a loved one who never came home and the swing number where the timing was fantastic and made me feel like getting up to dance. Each of the 58 dancers worked incredibly hard showing scenes such as the bombers flying and a train taking away the children. It was very well thought out and obviously a lot of work had gone into it. Everyone involved should be very proud and if you ever get the chance to see this fantastically talented group grab it with both hands. You will not be disappointed. The only reason I have not given it a 5 out of 5 is that I would have liked to see less contemporary and more of the tap and jazz numbers, but that was personal taste.
Cross Currents is part of the college’s Let’s Glow festival, which celebrates the work of creative industries students. Let’s Glow gives the people of Edinburgh the chance to enjoy performances and exhibitions from college students covering everything from music, theatre and dance to photography, film, art, animation, textiles and design.
Let’s Glow runs until 22 June, with events taking place at venues across Edinburgh – including the college’s campuses and the likes of Summerhall, King’s Theatre, the Traverse, Filmhouse and The Queen’s Hall. For more information click here.
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