Acetylene
  • By Pete Shaw
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  • 1st Aug 2005
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  • ★★★★★

A breakdancing act may seem out of place at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but to describe Acetylene as such belittles their talent. This is urban ballet.

Similar to the great physical dance group, DV8, 2FaCeD Youth's style is distinctly industrial. Although they are down two dancers through injury, the remaining six do not give a 'light' performance. With perfect synchronicity and street-inspired choreography, they spin and tumble through an hour-long explosive show that demonstrates their outstanding abilities. Despite their young years, this all-male group is scarily talented.

This is the company's second visit to the Fringe, and they have clearly learned how to put on a crowd-pleaser. The audience adores them, and predictably beg for more at the end; and they happily oblige.

Breakdancing may not sound like your kind of thing, but the beauty of the Fringe is it allows you to take risks - and this is one of its surprising gems.

Reviews by Pete Shaw

Assembly George Square Studios

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★★★★★
theSpace on the Mile

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★★★
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★★★
Greenwich Theatre

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★★★★
Multiple Venues

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★★★★★
Pleasance Theatre

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★★★★

The Blurb

C Main, Adam House. 3-20 Aug (not 14th) 3.05pm (1 hour)