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Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a beautifully revised Christmas classic

As the Christmas Markets reopen and mince pie is back on the shelves, it is once again The Nutcracker season in the year of ballet companies. The first tour of Scottish Ballet since Covid-19 pandemic began, The Nutcracker offers a delightful getaway from the cold and wet streets of Edinburgh into a Victorian fairy tale from 1st till 29th December. Countless […]

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Culture Theatre

Innovations Contemporary Dance Platform – Review

Innovations Contemporary Dance Platforms appeared at The Studio on October 15th with four emerging productions of contemporary dance practice that explored a variety of themes, among them: blindness, mental health, sexuality and climate disaster. Although the show was produced by Dance Horizons, each performance was presented by a different dance company. Sense by BDBlaq Company […]

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Culture Theatre

BOY’S KHAYA Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Bawren Tavaziva’s BOY’S KHAYA invites you to travel through time and space through the synthesis of the performers’ bodies. The show moves through themes of connection and separation, the performers dancing in patterns of alternating urgency and controlled calm. It invites you into an intimate space of tension at the boundary of time. The […]

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Culture Theatre

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Nostalgia is the theme of Riverdance’s 25th Anniversary show. Now closer to 27 years of running, factoring in the recent time off, the beloved show has returned with an already triumphant UK tour. The subtle changes that have been added over the years to a near perfect formula of tight choreography, electric energy, and […]

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Culture Theatre

Starstruck – Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Undoubtedly, Starstruck is a triumphant return to the stage for the Scottish Ballet. The hour-long production is tantalizingly short, yet still successfully transports its audience into a fantastical world full of visual delights.  First and foremost, Gene Kelley’s choreography is great fun. While quite different from traditional classical ballet, its charm comes from its […]

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Lifestyle

Sia’s ‘Music’ Scandal

CW: Ableism Music, Sia’s recently premiered debut film, faced intense backlash months before it was even available for viewing. It tells the story of Zu who, newly sober, assumes the role of primary carer for her 16-year-old half-sister, Music, a non-verbal autistic girl. Music is played by neurotypical Maddie Ziegler, a casting choice which is […]

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Music

Caribou’s stylish simplicity on new single ‘Never Come Back’

Four Stars Bright synths welcome the listener to Dan Snaith’s new single, the third since returning to his Caribou project towards the end of 2019 after a four-year break. From the introduction the track simply becomes more vibrant as it’s infectious melody gets the listener into a groove. The warm and organic sound which has […]

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Dance Fringe

‘Open, telling, and extremely raw’: Sound Cistem review

Electronic music blaring, two people take the stage, moving in slow motion, lit by disco lights in primary colours. They introduce themselves, explaining that they are transgender, before breaking out into almost an hour of dance; the lights and music mimicking that of a nightclub.  Prior to the show, they had interviewed a range of […]