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Fri 06 Aug 2021 - Sun 29 Aug 2021

Tai Gu Tales Dance Theatre

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Online

Founded in 1987 by choreographer Hsiu-wei Lin, Tai Gu Tales Dance Theatre leads five extraordinary dancers on an arresting physical and spiritual journey. The company’s rich, rigorous aesthetic merges Eastern cultural traditions and contemporary Western practices. The production is shaped by a concern for how human beings co-exist with each other and their environment. Rooted in the elemental forces of light/dark and love/hate, this is dance as a charged theatrical dream-ritual charting the cycle of life from birth to death and rebirth.

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Fri 06 Aug 2021 - Sun 29 Aug 2021

Incandescence Dance

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Online

Hao Cheng’s background in mathematics gives him a unique perspective on both abstract ideas and flesh-and-blood performance. His dynamic solo for Incandescence Dance is a quietly thrilling meeting of popular science and the poetry of motion. The action is set on a blackboard-like platform transformed by a rainfall of chalk – and Cheng’s ceaselessly nimble, emotive movement – into a visual art installation. A highly personal and proudly low-tech examination of the seemingly unresolvable contradictions of being alive, this elegantly-conceived show lends quantum physics and the uncertainty principle fresh meaning and a human face.

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Fri 06 Aug 2021 - Sun 29 Aug 2021

Tjimur Dance Theatre

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Online

Taiwan Season: Tjimur Dance Theatre. This new show ai~ sa sa by Tjimur Dance Theatre, is the first contemporary dance company dedicated to Paiwan culture in Taiwan. It brims with love and laughter, is essentially light-hearted and domestic, and is also a fresh contemporary spin on tribal customs.

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Fri 06 Aug 2021 - Sun 29 Aug 2021

Magnetic North

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Online

The Dream Train weaves together a quartet of characters with JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations in a play that has the clarity and strangeness of a particularly convincing dream. Bach is said to have written the Variations to help an insomniac nobleman sleep, and the play uses this story and the structure of his composition, threading the music and text together and slipping between real and dream worlds. This concert performance was filmed in September 2020 with music played live by John Harris, marking Magnetic North’s 21st birthday and Tom McGrath’s 80th.

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Fri 06 Aug 2021 - Sun 29 Aug 2021

By Katie Bonna, with commissioning support from The North Wall

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Online

‘I wish Justine would leave me alone, so I could imagine being with her.’ Anna has the perfect girlfriend, job and family – in her head. If you can dream it, why do you need to achieve it? When Justine crashes into Anna’s life and her fantasies, she has to make a choice. In this darkly comic, queer audio play, you share Anna’s headphones to plummet into the power and pain of imagination. From Fringe First and OFFIE winner Katie Bonna: ‘Funny and discomfiting’ ***** (Evening Standard), ‘restores your faith in human nature and the fringe’ **** (Telegraph).

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Fri 06 Aug 2021 - Sun 29 Aug 2021

SkelpieLimmer supported by Tinderbox Theatre Company

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Online

Remember when your religion teacher taught you about ridin’? And the school nurse told you to shave your pits? Or here, discovering your clit the first time? Wait, you haven’t yet? You don’t wank? Women don’t? My hole they don’t. Stick two fingers up and come with us on a journey back to your teenage self, to being scundered, to self discovery, to abstinence-only sex education, to Northern Ireland; a country of wankers.

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Fri 06 Aug 2021 - Sun 29 Aug 2021

Ellen Renton/In The Works

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Online

Our protagonist is ‘an inspiration’, ‘so brave’… and tired of hearing about it. As a disabled athlete, she takes pride in her athletic prowess. But after receiving news she narrowly missed out on making the GB Paralympic team, she starts untangling the ways in which she has internalised the extreme expectations society puts on disabled people. Within Sight is a one-woman spoken word theatre show about disability, the Paralympics, and running. Ellen Renton’s debut solo performance is based on her personal experience of living with albinism, and confronts everyday ableism within our society.

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Fri 06 Aug 2021 - Sun 29 Aug 2021

Mele Broomes

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Online

A womxn is called upon for service, following in the footsteps of her past generation and members of the Old World. A time of growth, understanding and inner battle, to fulfil the will of those who came before her, with the knowledge that one day, she too will join them in guiding a new generation of black womxn through life and love. This is a reflective space to listen to the present archive. The narration of vocal melodies, dance and spoken word embodies a lingering question that haunts her.

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Fri 06 Aug 2021 - Sun 29 Aug 2021

mandla rae / Produced by Switchflicker Productions

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Online

‘My name is mandla. It means power. I gave it to myself’ – mandla rae has a selective memory and they are scrambling to piece together their life. through the exploration of mandla’s fragmented asylum and migration memories, as british as a watermelon asks questions about belonging, trauma and forgiveness. Told through an unflinching autofiction narrative weaving poetry and storytelling set within a chaotically colourful, sensory performance space and imagined entirely for the camera; you are invited to join mandla as they rise from the dead and reclaim their misplaced power.

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Fri 06 Aug 2021 - Sun 29 Aug 2021

Sunday's Child supported by Culture Ireland

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Online

The climate apocalypse has hit. Dublin is completely underwater. Best friends Bláthnaid and Debs are the sole survivors, living on the top floor of Liberty Hall. With only seagulls for company, they spend their days sheltering from the storms and reminiscing over the last days of Dublin. Debs looks to the future, but Bláthnaid is tormented by guilt. Why were they blind to the wave that was coming? And can they salvage a future from the wreckage? Afloat explores loss, sisterhood, and climate anxiety.

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Fri 06 Aug 2021 - Sun 29 Aug 2021

Simon Thacker

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Online

Drawing on a deep lifelong immersion in diverse cultures and an array of pioneering experiences, Scotland’s ‘musical alchemist’ (World Music Report) offers a revelatory new vision for the art of solo guitar. In Pashyanti [Sanskrit: the junction point between the ordinary waking state and pure consciousness] Simon explores every facet of the instrument, from ‘shimmering, fluttering delicacy’ (List) and ‘shifting rhythmic complexity’ (Songlines), to ‘primal, multi-layered sounds’ (Caleidoscope). ‘Punjabi folk song, flamenco and Sephardic music, Sanskrit alchemy and Gaelic folklore… they all seem grist to the mill for Simon Thacker’ (Scotsman). MadeInScotlandShowcase.com

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Fri 06 Aug 2021

Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre Company

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Secret Courtyard

A 1970’s caravan is the stage for outdoor performances, letting the audience escape into a wildly different world where no experience is ever the same. Visual Theatre incorporating puppetry, object, and physical theatre with live soundscapes to get lost in, no dialogue. ‘Swallow the Sea’s shows take delicate steps into the imagination’ (Guardian). ‘Perfectly pitched’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre offer a real Fringe experience – amusing, slightly bizarre and definitely memorable’ **** (BroadwayWorld.com). MadeInScotlandShowcase.com

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Fri 06 Aug 2021 - Sun 29 Aug 2021

Ellen Renton/In The Works

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Online

Our protagonist is ‘an inspiration’, ‘so brave’… and tired of hearing about it. As a disabled athlete, she takes pride in her athletic prowess. But after receiving news she narrowly missed out on making the GB Paralympic team, she starts untangling the ways in which she has internalised the extreme expectations society puts on disabled people. Within Sight is a one-woman spoken word theatre show about disability, the Paralympics, and running. Ellen Renton’s debut solo performance is based on her personal experience of living with albinism, and confronts everyday ableism within our society.

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Fri 06 Aug 2021 - Sun 29 Aug 2021

Sally Charlton

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Online

In a space cluttered with discarded costumes and glasses of milk, Sally dresses, undresses, drinks and dances in an attempt to embody the women that brought her into being. Mother’s Milk is an exploration of the ways in which we carry the women who came before us. Alongside recorded conversations with her mother and grandmother about teenage pregnancy and sleazy nightclubs, Sally travels through time attempting to grab ahold, retrace the steps and remember the conversations – before I forget them, you forget me, we forget any of this ever happened.

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Fri 06 Aug 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Thaddeus Phillips

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Online Live

The international live yet remote online sensation, ZOO MOTEL, comes to Summerhall’s 2021 digital fringe programme. Limited to only 25 audience participants nightly, who check into virtual “rooms”, ZOO MOTEL is a wild exploration of live theatre and the magic of cinema. ZOO MOTEL opened up in September of 2020 and has since become the longest running live theatre work on earth. The live transmission comes directly from the studio of theatre director, designer and performer Thaddeus Phillips, who performs this work as a live interactive movie.