Dance performances

Diverse lineup of dance performances lined up for the Edinburgh International Festival

Known for his work with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Ballet, and others, Kyle Abraham brings his testament to black love feel-good. Set to D’Angelo’s R&B music, An Untitled Love captures themes of family and community, delivered by a choreographer whose influences run deep and wide.

The beautiful and touching work of Edinburgh-based Palestinian choreographer Farah Saleh gets the platform it deserves when A Wee Journey joins two other dance pieces in FEI’s excellent Refuge season. Again, taking us to the heart of a cultural experience but with universal connections.

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Jungle Book Reimagined is also set to bring the world together, with Akram Khan’s take on Kipling’s story emphasizing climate change. Mowgli is now a climate refugee, powered by Khan’s mix of Indian Kathak and contemporary dance. It will also be interesting to see how British/Indian dancer Aakash Odedra and Chinese dancer Hu Shenyuan bounce off each other’s traditions and styles at Samsara.

Farah Saleh, who performs here with Jamal Bajali in PAST-inuous, brings her unique talents to FEI this year. Photo: Brian Hartley

Scottish Ballet’s Coppélia may seem like a standard traditional offering, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Talented dance filmmakers Jess and Morgs brought us Aspen and The Secret Theater, and this new hybrid of live performance and film promises to be equally revolutionary and entertaining.

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