Dance, Physical Theatre & Circus review: Identity, Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Identity, Greenside @ Infirmary Street (Venue 236)
Identity, Greenside @ Infirmary Street (Venue 236)
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In an era where how we look is judged on an hourly basis by people we’ve never met, London-based company CTC is encouraging us to ‘embrace our unique identities’.

Identity, Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Edinburgh * * *

And while, ironically, its new show struggles to find its own identity, as a performance it has much to offer.

The company was founded by choreographer Christopher Tendai, who has spent the past few years dancing in West End shows such as Hamilton – and it shows. His movement has an accessible quality that wouldn’t look out of place in a music promo or in a piece of musical theatre. The synchronised ensemble moments in particular have an energy that pulls you in – and any small gaps in technical precision are made up by unwavering commitment. Lead performer Caitlin Taylor wrote, delivers and sings the text in the spoken word sections, with a quiet strength that’s earnest and real.

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At times, it feels like we’re watching three different shows, and setting contemporary dance to (albeit great) music with emotive lyrics always pushes the choreography into second place, which is a shame.

But this is an ambitious young company with promise, that deserves to dream big.

Until 24 August

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