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Red review at Dance Base, Edinburgh – ‘expressive and deeply personal’

Carl Knif in Red

The From Start To Finnish season, showcasing the most innovative new work from Finland is making its sixth appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe. This is the first year to include circus and dance performances, allowing choreographer Carl Knif [1] to present his solo piece Red [2]. Blurring the line between physical theatre and dance, Red explores the cause and effect of the decisions we make on a daily basis. It is an explicit and deeply personal collection of scenes that use repetition to establish patterns of behaviour. 

Knif’s body twists and turns, gathering momentum, powering important emotional turning points in an otherwise ordinary life such as independence from family, sexual awakening and first love. They may not always be hugely dramatic events but they ricochet through the dancers life to impact on his present. Red may be the symbol of danger, but it is also the symbol for courage and this is a major feature of the work.  

Bold, expressive moves are matched by an eclectic soundtrack and a lighting design incorporating a strobe that lends a kinematic effect to key routines. Despite this technical fusion the piece remains steadfastly human, and Knif’s translation life-changing episodes into movement and occasionally dialogue is profoundly moving.

Verdict
Expressive and deeply personal fusion of physical theatre and dance

Production Information

Production
Red
Venue
Dance Base
City
Edinburgh
Starts
August 5, 2016
Ends
August 21, 2016
Creator
Carl Knif
Choreographer
Carl Knif
Lighting
Jukka Huitila
Sound
Janne Hast
Costume
Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila
Technical
Anssi Ruotanen, Riku Elo
Cast includes
Carl Knif
Producer
Ona Ukkola, Carl Knif Company, Zodiak Centre For New Dance
Running time
45mins