Dancing in the Streets: Gregory Maqoma

Dancing in the Streets: Gregory Maqoma

Choreographer Gregory Maqoma presents his explorative and transformative film Retrace-Retract on life in Soweto alongside poet Jefferson Tshabalala. 

Dancing in the Streets: Janice Parker

Dancing in the Streets: Janice Parker

Choreographer Janice Parker presents her reflective filmic series Small Acts of Hope and Lament, shot in Edinburgh on her iPhone 6. 

Dancing in the Streets: Omar Rajeh

Dancing in the Streets: Omar Rajeh

Beirut-based choreographer and dancer Omar Rajeh presents a micro to macro view of his home city, featuring a solo dance performance. 

Dancing in the Streets: Alice Ripoll

Dancing in the Streets: Alice Ripoll

Rio de Janeiro-based choreographer Alice Ripoll presents her celebratory film about the lives of her company’s dancers. 

Dance Base Unwrapped

Dance Base Unwrapped

Tucked in between the bustling pubs of the grassmarket is the capital's home of dance and its latest exhibition, Dance Base Unwrapped. 

Family Portrait
BOBBY WINNER

Family Portrait

A charming, funny and touching interactive video installation, Family Portrait by Natasha Gilmore’s Barrowland Ballet features Natasha herself as mother and single parent and her… 

Late, Live and Unwrapped

Late, Live and Unwrapped

Are you ready to explore the night with Dance Base’s immersive late-night exhibition? Linked with Dance Base unwrapped, the experience will include the work of Fran. 

Buff and Sheen

Buff and Sheen

Buff and Sheen is a roaming comedic dance-clown performance featuring two joyful, if somewhat inept, window cleaners. 

Juliet & Romeo

Juliet & Romeo

Both humourous and sad, Juliet and Romeo by Lost Dog company, presented by The Place, written with sensitive forensic analysis and directed by Ben Duke, is a subversion of Shakespe… 

The Hospital

The Hospital

A brilliant Scandi noir of the psyche, spoken in gibberish in a surreal world, Norwegian Jo Strømgren Kompani’s The Hospital, is gripping; moving from bizarre, black humour to d… 

Born to Manifest and Like Honey

Born to Manifest and Like Honey

Double bill. 

The Forecast

The Forecast

As the only dyke in the dance class, Amy finds new moves for a more radical notion of femininity. 

Learning from the Future

Learning from the Future

Learning from the Future – a post-human dance fiction by Colette Sadler. 

The Storm

The Storm

Multi award-winning dance company James Wilton Dance present The Storm, a whirlwind of lightning-fast athleticism where acrobatics, break-dancing, martial arts and contact work fus… 

Body Language by David Bolger and Christopher Ash

Body Language by David Bolger and Christopher Ash

If you have ever wondered how contemporary dance choreography is created (as opposed to classical ballet) this fascinating show, CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s Body Language directed … 

Ensemble

Ensemble

Ensemble is a joyous expression of togetherness involving five performers in their 30s-70s. 

Still Life

Still Life

What was the first thing you bought? Is there something you would like to pass on? If you were a pharaoh, what thing would you like to be buried with? Still Life is a piece that fo… 

Seeking Unicorns

Seeking Unicorns

A fragile and abandoned symbol is made manifest by an extraordinary artist. 

For Only an Hour

For Only an Hour

I can guarantee that you aren’t ready for For Only An Hour, the brain- and body- and life- and love- child of dancer Phil Sanger. 

Heads Up

Heads Up

Dance Base’s iconic and eclectic showcase returns once again, showcasing the very best new work from Scottish and international artists. 

Transfigured – The Pack

Transfigured – The Pack

Transfigured is a sounding together of all things, a diapason, a cacophony of understanding. 

The Chosen

The Chosen

How do we face dying if we know we have a terminal illness? And also how do we live in the face of death, imminent or not? Losing several friends in the same year, Kally Lloyd-Jo… 

Six Feet, Three Shoes

Six Feet, Three Shoes

A true story of friendship told with an eclectic blend of folk, flamenco and contemporary dance. 

From the Top

From the Top

A delight, witty but profound exploration of the power relationship between choreographer and dancers, From the Top, choreographed by Hong Kong-based Victor Fung, is a send-up of a… 

Basque Showcase

Basque Showcase

The beautiful eclecticism of the Basque Country is showcased in this bill of dazzling hip hop and witty, lyrical contemporary dance. 

And the Birds Did Sing

And the Birds Did Sing

Christine Devaney’s And the Birds Did Sing is a gentle, moving meditation on the loss of her father, expressed through story-telling and some expressive physical movement to an e… 

Taiwan Season: Monster

Taiwan Season: Monster

Monster choreographed and performed by Yen-Cheng Liu of Dua Shin Te Production is a show about the monster within us but the trouble with alienation is that it alienates the audien… 

Another

Another

Another is a quadruple selection of dance pieces by the fledgling company Ballet-works founded by a former soloist of Stuttgart Ballet, Robert Robertson and comprises both contempo… 

Glimpsing Air Pockets

Glimpsing Air Pockets

You can’t stop birds flying over your head, but you can definitely prevent them from building a nest in your hair. 

Steve Reich Project

Steve Reich Project

If this was billed as Music and took place in a concert hall, the MP4 Quartet’s perfomance of three pieces by Steve Reich, Pendulum Music, Different Trains and WC 9/11 would earn… 

Taiwan Season: Floating Flowers
BOBBY WINNER

Taiwan Season: Floating Flowers

Floating Flowers by B. 

Self Portraits

Self Portraits

Self Portraits plays with notions of gender, sexuality and the effects that time and age have on our bodies, our perception of who we are and who we have been and who we might beco… 

Before

Before

Triple Fringe First, Olivier, and Herald Angel award winners Fishamble and Pat Kinevane present Before, a new play with much music, set in Clery’s of Dublin on the very day this … 

Fear Less Age Less

Fear Less Age Less

A joyful celebration of life, regardless of where you happen to be on that road. 

Odyseaa / Scene Solo / The Sylph, the Vixen and the Bombshell

Odyseaa / Scene Solo / The Sylph, the Vixen and the Bombshell

A triple bill of Scotland’s most exciting choreographers, designed to unravel expectations. 

Atomic 3001

Atomic 3001

At least three times over the course of Atomic 3001 I found myself contemplating whether choreographer and performer Leslie Mannès was somehow creating the techno beat that her bo… 

Flamenco: Up Close

Flamenco: Up Close

Experience the full power and intensity of authentic Spanish flamenco, seen up close. 

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer

In Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer, Shane Shambhu (Complicité Associate) offers a funny, honest and engaging bilingual solo with an acclaimed team of collaborators. 

Sunshine Boy

Sunshine Boy

Leigh Bowery was born in Sunshine, Australia (west of Melbourne) in March 1961. 

Stick by Me

Stick by Me

We all remember the feeling of temptation to open the box that we’re not supposed to open as a small child. 

OSCiLLATE

OSCiLLATE

This groundbreaking new tap show is heavily influenced by original electronic dance music and its coordination between light and sound. 

Folding Echoes

Folding Echoes

Folding Echoes is a solo dance piece, which originated from audiences’ urge to understand a contemporary dance performance in general across cultures. 

Heads Up

Heads Up

An eclectic pick-and-mix treat of great new dance and styles curated with you, the hungry Fringe audience, in mind. 

WRoNGHEADED

WRoNGHEADED

WRoNGHEADED is a collaborative dance, poetry and film piece produced by Liz Roche Company about the devastating effects of a repressive society in Ireland, particularly on women. 

Jungle

Jungle

Jungle by the Bernese company Pink Mama under the direction of Slawek Bendraf and Dominik Krawiecki, purports to be about post-colonialism and in particular who survives but how do… 

Giselle

Giselle

This version of Giselle, re-imagined by Ballet Ireland in modern dress is bound to cause controversy between traditionalists and modernists. 

Taiwan Season: Bon 4 Bon

Taiwan Season: Bon 4 Bon

This exquisite, delightful show by Chang Dance Theatre riffs on the childhood memories of four boys growing up together and, surprisingly, mangoes. 

This Is the Title

This Is the Title

A dazzling white floor space sets off Nigerian/Finnish Ima Iduozee’s black skin and his grey and black outfit perfectly in This Is The Title, a production in association with Fro… 

The Spinners

The Spinners

The Spinners is a collaboration between Lina Limosani of Limosani Projekts as choreographer and Al Seed as director. 

It’s Not Over Yet... and How to Survive the Future

It’s Not Over Yet... and How to Survive the Future

It’s Not Over Yet… choreographed and performed by Emma Jayne Park (aka Cultured Mongrel) is a heart-stopping autobiographical show about cancer. 

Taiwan Season: Varhung – Heart to Heart

Taiwan Season: Varhung – Heart to Heart

Varhung- Heart to Heart will touch your heart. 

Off-Kilter

Off-Kilter

Internationally renowned visual theatre artist returns with a dark, comedic, highly physical production incorporating illusions and masterful non-verbal storytelling. 

Sowhereto Africa

Sowhereto Africa

Old and new beats meet performance poetry paying tribute to South Africa’s legends. 

Starting Now: Youth Showcase 2018

Starting Now: Youth Showcase 2018

Celebrating the enthusiasm and fresh talent of new dancers from across Scotland. 

Four Go Wild in Wellies

Four Go Wild in Wellies

Four Go Wild in Wellies is a playful look at how friendships are built, broken and mended – a whimsical adventure featuring tents that have a life of their own, bobble hats and o… 

To Be Me

To Be Me

To Be Me pairs a recording of Kate Tempest’s poetry and live dance choreographed by Julie Cunningham; it’s a risky undertaking which is both fascinating but, at times, teeters … 

Lear

Lear

It is brave to reimagine Shakespeare, in particular arguably his greatest tragedy but Lear by John Scott Dance is a deeply moving, subtle and superbly performed interpretation of … 

Here Comes Trouble

Here Comes Trouble

Keira Martin’s Here Comes Trouble contains some impressively executed Irish dancing to music which is a meld of Irish melodies and Jamaican beats in a memorable piece about ident… 

Sea Hames

Sea Hames

The latest performance project from leading site-specific dance theatre company Oceanallover. 

Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus

Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus

A double-bill of extraordinary power and originality, Hope Hunt & The Ascension into Lazarus performed by Belfast-based Oona Doherty, gets beneath the hard exterior of disaffected … 

Mind-Goblin

Mind-Goblin

Thisis a solo show where the Korean dancer and choreographer Lee Kyung-eun, inspired by the shamanic gut or rite to expel ‘goblins’ or evil spirits, aims to turn this around an… 

Dollhouse

Dollhouse

This is a curate’s egg of a show. 

New Contemporary Arab Dance Performances

New Contemporary Arab Dance Performances

New Contemporary Arab Dance Performances is part of Arab Art Focus, a showcase of new theatre and performance from the Arab region and diaspora. 

The North

The North

The North is as hostile, unforgiving and beautiful as the land to which it dedicates its hour-long runtime. 

Majuli

Majuli

Majuli is a gentle piece, beguiling in its simplicity in which the dancer and choreographer, Shilpikda Bordoloi evokes the world’s largest river island, Majuli in Assam’s… 

Heads Up

Heads Up

An eclectic pick-and-mix treat of great new dance and styles curated with you, the hungry Fringe audience, in mind. 

Leviathan

Leviathan

Leviathan, inspired by Melville’s Moby Dick is choreographed by James Wilton to a pounding score by Lunatic Soul. 

Un Poyo Rojo

Un Poyo Rojo

If you want a bit of light relief from Fringe shows taking themselves too seriously, come to this hilarious, technically mind-blowing piece which calls itself physical theatre but … 

Taiwan Season: Together Alone

Taiwan Season: Together Alone

An exquisite piece, Together Alone, danced nude by Zoltán Vakulya and Chen-Wei Lee of Art B&B, is a profound meditation on relationships through a sensitive exploration of the bod… 

Taiwan Season: 038

Taiwan Season: 038

038 is the telephone code for Hualien, a small city on the east coast of Taiwan and it is the first few numbers the many emigrants to the bigger cities must dial to phone home. 

The Humours of Bandon

The Humours of Bandon

This show is a delight. 

Fall Out

Fall Out

Founded by Avalon Rathgeb, Fall Out is tap-dancing like you’ve never seen before. 

Lady Macbeth: Unsex Me Here

Lady Macbeth: Unsex Me Here

Three male dancers perform Company Chordelia & Solar Bear’s Lady Macbeth: Unsex Me Here choreographed by Kally Lloyd-Jones and cast. 

Why Stop There?

Why Stop There?

Rebellious, experienced, lyrical and courageous – this amazing multi-generational programme celebrates dancers from 12-85 years of life, dreams, hopes and fears featuring new wor… 

Snigel and Friends

Snigel and Friends

Join Snigel, the inquisitive snail, in their cosy home underneath the leafy canopy; a colourful and sensory world where Snigel’s insect friends come to visit, brought to life by … 

Heads Up

Heads Up

An eclectic pick-and-mix treat of great new dance and styles curated with you, the hungry Fringe audience, in mind. 

Hari Ho Gati Meri

Hari Ho Gati Meri

Hari Ho Gati Meri – let my salvation be in the supreme. 

Hari Ho Gati Meri

Hari Ho Gati Meri

Hari Ho Gati Meri – let my salvation be in the supreme. 

Flesh

Flesh

Without name, without identity – the body in its physical, sensual nature. 

Unknown and Liminal

Unknown and Liminal

It has been said that creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. 

Your Own Man / Mad Notions

Your Own Man / Mad Notions

Fusing storytelling, rich imagery and dynamic movement, Murphy scales down and examines his opinions, insecurities, ambitions and the tricky nature of keeping a long-term relations… 

Red

Red

The redness of Red is not visible. 

A:Version and Pitch

A:Version and Pitch

A:version is a humorous celebration of the art of making mistakes from a unique, young inclusive dance quartet. 

M.I.S. – All Night Long

M.I.S. – All Night Long

DON GNU are decked out in hand-knit socks and worn-out sandals and on the hunt for that dang thing called self. 

Dancer

Dancer

Join Ian, Scotland’s leading learning disabled-artist, and Gary as they hit the floor in this often hilarious exploration of what it really means to be a dancer. 

Lïnger

Lïnger

Breandán de Gallaí, the celebrated ex-Riverdance principal, has devised a biographical series of dances to create Lïnger, which is performed in the generously spacious main thea… 

Lost in Complete

Lost in Complete

Lost in Complete is a poetic, witty show brimming with the collective energy of Sweden’s top all-male, six-strong street dance squad, Complete Dance Crew. 

The End

The End

Celebrated Scottish choreographer Jack Webb has brought his latest, typically idiosyncratic work, The End, for performance at this year’s Festival Fringe as part of the extensive… 

Heads Up

Heads Up

An eclectic pick-and-mix treat of great new dance and styles curated with you, the hungry Fringe audience, in mind. 

Poggle

Poggle

“Poggle’s not scared of climbing trees,” we’re told early on in this beautifully clear and uncluttered piece of vibrant dance theatre aimed at very young children. 

May-We-Go-Round?

May-We-Go-Round?

May-We-Go-Round? is a collision of fiercely energetic dance and comedic theatre. 

Taiwan Season: Lost in Grey

Taiwan Season: Lost in Grey

Can one person bombarded by the pressures of modern life shake an entire society? Resident Island Dance Theatre use dynamic movement, multimedia projection and an experimental rock… 

SKAL and Silent Space

SKAL and Silent Space

Silent Space crosses the boundaries between classical and contemporary Indian dance and between sound and silence. 

Taiwan Season: NuShu

Taiwan Season: NuShu

NuShu is a coded script invented by women in Hunan, China to record their private thoughts and feelings. 

Your Majesties

Your Majesties

In the award-winning performance of Your Majesties, Navaridas and Deutinger reenact Barack Obama’s Nobel lecture, held at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo in 2009. 

Bird

Bird

A vast and desolate world. 

Green Tea and Zen Baka

Green Tea and Zen Baka

A mindfulness start to your day. 

I Am Rhythm

I Am Rhythm

A fresh, upbeat dance show that tells the story of the evolution of rhythm and dance in South Africa. 

The Rooster and Partial Memory

The Rooster and Partial Memory

The Rooster is a Palestinian/Lebanese production influenced by thrilling Palestinian dabke folk dance, conveying the sociopolitical experience of the region through the character o… 

Beauty Of The Beast

Beauty Of The Beast

A slow burn performance, which builds to a surprisingly hard hitting climax, using a dance and self-aware comedy. 

Underneath

Underneath

From award-winning and internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company Fishamble: The New Play Company, comes this extravagant one-man show. 

Heads Up

Heads Up

An eclectic pick-and-mix treat of great new dance and styles curated with you, the hungry Fringe audience, in mind. 

An Invitation...

An Invitation...

Bodies are awkward, difficult things. 

Under Flat Sky / Edge of Nowhere

Under Flat Sky / Edge of Nowhere

Under Flat Sky is a stunningly beautiful immersion of dancers in a moving visual art landscape specially made by German artist Silke Mansholt. 

Ponies Don't Play Football

Ponies Don't Play Football

Irrepressible ponydance return to Edinburgh with a gallop to present their biggest show to date, in collaboration with the brilliant and prolific musician Donal Scullion and his ba… 

Pact With Pointlessness

Pact With Pointlessness

This is a show that asks big questions. 

Boys Who Like to Play With Dolls

Boys Who Like to Play With Dolls

This two-person dance and physical piece is performed and choreographed by Tereza Ondrová and Peter Šavel, a male-female duo who have worked successfully both separately and toge… 

Oog

Oog

A belated denouement to his lauded 2005 work The Factory, award-winning performer Al Seed returns to the subject of war with striking psychological rigour. 

Plan B for Utopia

Plan B for Utopia

You have a plan, and then you don’t. 

Caitlin

Caitlin

In 1953, poet Dylan Thomas died. 

Falling in love with Frida

Falling in love with Frida

After a sell-out run and a Herald Angel Award at the 2014 Fringe, Bowditch returns with her intimate and witty show that explores the life, loves and legacy of painter Frida Kahlo … 

Hey, I'm Alive!

Hey, I'm Alive!

A durational performance from the critically acclaimed, award-winning Creative Electric. 

Heads Up

Heads Up

An eclectic pick-and-mix treat of great new dance and styles curated with you, the hungry Fringe audience, in mind. 

Between Us and Hunting Dust

Between Us and Hunting Dust

A thrilling double from two of Scotland’s most exciting young choreographers. 

Special Edition 2015

Special Edition 2015

Following a sell-out Fringe Season in 2014, dancers from Scottish Ballet return to Dance Base to present new work freshly made and premiered exclusively for the Dance Base Fringe p… 

Green Tea and Zen Baka

Green Tea and Zen Baka

A mindfulness start to your day. 

Taiwan Season: Gaze of the Kavaluan

Taiwan Season: Gaze of the Kavaluan

An incisive contemporary dance piece from Taiwan, an exploration of self, art and sexuality, and the traditions of female chastity among indigenous Paiwan and Rukai people. 

Nijinsky's Last Jump

Nijinsky's Last Jump

The rhythm of obsession, a journey into mental illness. 

Give Me a Reason to Live

Give Me a Reason to Live

Inspired by the work of medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch, this stark solo explores issues of religion, religious art, judgement of bodies and quality of life. 

Falling in love with Frida

Falling in love with Frida

Caroline Bowditch, Welly O’Brien and Nicole Guarino provide a wonderful evening in a cosy little room at Dance Base: it’s not very often a full house can consist of twelve peop… 

Missing by David Bolger

Missing by David Bolger

What happens to the thousands of people who go missing every year? And what happens to the people left behind? How can anyone accept they might never know what happened to their lo… 

Will

Will

Welcome to a distorted world created for you from perversion, dark temptation and deepest intimacy. 

iLove

iLove

A ravishing male duet. 

Heads Up

Heads Up

A tasty pick and mix treat of great new dance and styles curated with you, the hungry Fringe audience, in mind. 

Swing

Swing

Sometimes we’re too afraid of looking like an eejit to fully embrace life: whether it’s not standing up for something you believe in, or being too shy to ask out the handsome… 

Elvis’ Stardust and The Truth is Just a Plain Picture, Said Bob

Elvis’ Stardust and The Truth is Just a Plain Picture, Said Bob

Elvis lives! He has not left the building! Elvis’ Stardust is a short, melancholic rhapsody of small gestures, hidden glances and distant rhythms. 

iWitness and Special Edition

iWitness and Special Edition

A thrilling double: your chance to see dancers from Scottish Ballet on the Fringe and an exclusive cut of a brilliant dance piece by VTDance. 

147 Questions About Love

147 Questions About Love

He mostly talks. 

Athletes

Athletes

Winner of The Place Prize for Dance 2013 sponsored by Bloomberg, Athletes is a work on competition viewed as tension between man and machine. 

Polska

Polska

Polska is a shockingly subversive way to explore that dodgy sympathy and empathy divide. 

Green Tea and Zen Baka

Green Tea and Zen Baka

Ease into your festival day in the garden with a refreshing cup of green tea and a mesmerising zen-inspired performance by minimal artist David WW Johnstone. 

Kurakuraw Dance Glass Bead

Kurakuraw Dance Glass Bead

Inspired by the traditional Paiwan (an aboriginal group of Taiwan) myth, Kurakuraw Dance Glass Bead brings an epic love story to the stage. 

Salon Mika

Salon Mika

Award winning cabaret king returns for ninth Festival Fringe. 

Taki Maori Haka Experience

Taki Maori Haka Experience

The Rhythm of New Zealand: Pulse, beat, chant, stamp, and clap at this this pop-up haka tribal experience from Auckland, New Zealand. 

The Cut Tuk Show and Wonders of the Universe

The Cut Tuk Show and Wonders of the Universe

Close-up encounters of the silly kind. 

Eggs of Blessings

Eggs of Blessings

Eggs of Blessings is a portrayal of Taiwanese culture. 

Elvis’ Stardust and The Truth is Just a Plain Picture, Said Bob

Elvis’ Stardust and The Truth is Just a Plain Picture, Said Bob

Elvis lives! He has not left the building! Elvis’ Stardust is a short, melancholic rhapsody of small gestures, hidden glances and distant rhythms.