Liss Fain Dance, the renowned San Francisco based company makes its European debut at Zoo Theatre. They have had a great deal of success in the States and are hoping to have a similar impact in Edinburgh.
When Still, Lament, and Beata are the programs that make up this production. The music for all three is rather ambitious, but Fains choreography compliments it well. The movements are heavily rooted in an understanding of the beauty of simplicity and there is a serenity that radiates directly into the audience.
The weakness comes not from the choreography, but from the dancers themselves. While their technique is certainly up to par, there is a lack of passion for the pieces they are dancing. It seems to briefly appear when they are working alone or in pairs, but as a group, they lose interest. Perhaps I just caught them on an off night.