This year ZOO Venues celebrates its 15th anniversary with its boldest and most stimulating programme yet.
At ZOO Venues we pride ourselves on presenting some of the most profound, engaging and inspirational works at the Fringe. This year is no exception, ZOO’s vibrant season promises a programme of fiercely independent dance and theatre makers presenting work that will challenge and inspire.
2015 sees the British Council Showcase return to Edinburgh once again, providing a unique platform for artists to perform to promoters from all over the world. ZOO will play host to four of these distinctive showcased works. The ‘untamed’ writing of Annie Siddons treats us to Raymondo, telling the beguiling story of brotherhood, loss, desire, and resilience. In collaboration with Yorkshire Dance, the enigmatic Scottish-born Robbie Synge returns with newly commissioned piece Douglas. Living Pictures promises to captivate with an adaptation of Gogol’s dark comedy, Diary of a Madman, and providing no shortage of anarchic dance, wit, and outrage, Liz Aggiss presents her ‘glorious wild card’ The English Channel.
Our award winning dance programme continues our commitment to present truly exceptional and challenging large scale work, the likes of which are often not found on the Fringe. VerTeDance bring their poignant new creation and winner of Czech Dance Piece; Correction, continuing our well established links with the Czech Republic. Closer to home we are thrilled to be welcoming back Scottish Dance Theatre with Damien Jalet’s critically acclaimed new work, the visceral and ‘visually captivating’ YAMA. This year also sees the return of award-winning choreographer Tamsin Fitzgerald, as fresh from their national tour, 2Faced Dance bring the ‘exciting, violent, hypnotic and strangely beautiful’ Dreaming in Code, a double bill also featuring the work of Frantic Assembly’s Eddie Kay.
The IF Platform is a new endeavour this year to present a ground breaking showcase of the UK’s top disabled and integrated artists and we are thrilled to be hosting three of the shows. Marc Brew brings his intimate solo, For Now, I am, Stopgap Dance present the acclaimed Artificial Things and Rowan James invites us to think outside of the norm in Easy For You to Say.
This carefully curated programme promises a diverse selection of some of the UK’s most exciting young companies. Providing a stark contrast and a messy encounter, ‘experts in the grotesque’ and multi-award winning Clout Theatre present the absurdly primitive FEAST. With an aim to make the ‘invisible visible’, emerging theatre company Moving Dust re-examine how we define ourselves in relationships with their premiere of This Much, whilst The Wardrobe Ensemble return to delight with a provoking and quirky exploration of our sexual past in 1972: The Future of Sex. Expect David Bowie, gay liberation and space hoppers.