The End, Summerhall, Edinburgh * * *
They wave a comradely goodbye to us, and then march out of the door. The End begins with an ending; but as far as this show is concerned, the three-quarters of an hour we spend here is only the start of a show which will last for the rest of our lifetimes, and until the end of the universe after that.
On one level this silent two-hander by Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas is a simple work, built on two amusingly physical performances which lie somewhere in the grey area between dance, circus and performance art. The pair – once they have returned – briskly run back and forward, creating resounding percussive slaps by hitting one’s head off the other’s forehead, somersaulting in sequence and rolling across the floor, drawing a laugh when they collide against each other.
At once, it’s both a piece of light fun and an attempt to explain the meaning of life; and perhaps both, it suggests, are one and the same.
Until 25 August