Dance Review: Steve Reich Project, Dance Base, Edinburgh

There is always a unique energy produced by placing musicians on stage with dancers, and this holds true here.There is always a unique energy produced by placing musicians on stage with dancers, and this holds true here.

Isabella Soupart brings a dynamic quality to Reich's music with the Steve Reich Project.
Isabella Soupart brings a dynamic quality to Reich's music with the Steve Reich Project.

Steve Reich Project, Dance Base, Edinburgh ***

The four performers of the MP4 Quartet start the show sedentary, with seats, music stands and sheet music all static – but by the end, they’ve traversed as much space as dancer, Shantala Pèpe.

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Pèpe’s movement has a beguiling quality that we could do with seeing more of. Instead, a lot of time is spent re-positioning music stands and speaking into a microphone (sadly, not always audibly). For fans of Reich’s music, however, seeing it performed in this dynamic light by such consummate musicians will be a treat.

Until 18 August