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Edinburgh Total Theatre Awards recognise The Beanfield and Le Patin Libre

The Beanfield at The Space on the Mile The Beanfield at The Space on the Mile
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Winners have been announced for the 2015 Total Theatre Awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which includes a dance category for the first time.

Ice skating company Le Patin Libre has won the first Total Theatre award for dance for its production of Vertical Influences. The prize is presented jointly with the Place.

Breach Theatre’s The Beanfield has won the award for a show by an emerging company, while Oog, by Al Seed in association with Feral Arts, has been awarded the physical/visual theatre prize.

The awards, which celebrate artist-led performance at the fringe, also feature a prize for innovation, experimentation and playing with form, which has been given to two shows: Sue MacLaine and Nadia Nadarajah’s Can I Start Again Please, and Portraits in Motion by Volker Gerling in association with Aurora Nova.

B-Orders by Palestinian Circus in association with Aurora Nova, and the Ricochet Project’s Smoke and Mirrors have both been awarded the Total Theatre and Jackson’s Lane award for circus.

Elsewhere, Forced Entertainment has been given the significant contribution award.

The company’s production of Tomorrow’s Parties is running as part of the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase.

Awards producers Jo Crowley and Becki Haines said: “This year’s awards celebrate some exceptional artist-led and independent work. The awarded artists have created work that demonstrates the power of theatre and live performance to communicate, entertain and inspire audiences – cutting across boundaries of background, nationality and language. Much of this has been made in challenging circumstances, with limited resource and could easily slip through the gaps, and we are therefore delighted that Total Theatre is recognising, championing and celebrating this work.”

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