ZOO Venues remarkable 2013 season brings together familiar faces and fresh new talent in a carefully curated programme of some of the finest dance, theatre, and physical theatre to be found on the Fringe. Acclaimed festival favourites Little Bulb premier their new work Squally Showers alongside the up-and-coming Wardrobe Ensemble’s 33, follow up to the runaway success of 2011’s Stage Awards nominated Riot.
Home grown dance talent is in plentiful supply as Altered Skin, Tavaziva and James Cousins are joined by Place Prize winning Lost Dog and this year’s audience vote winner H2 dance. Meanwhile, from further afield, internationally acclaimed Tantahorse head up a specially selected trio of acts from the Czech Republic that promise to be just as unmissable as the Czech Centre’s 2008 ZOO season.
Adding a healthy dose of chaotic musical fun to the bill, The Demon Barbers join forces with break and folk dancers to create The Lock In, a show the Telegraph are calling a riotous display of ‘blazing energy and joyous ingenuity’. And if that gets you in the mood for a bit of a knees up, award winning multi-instrumentalist troupe Fine Chisel combine foot-stomping live music with playful and heartfelt drama in Dumbstruck.
2013 also sees the return of two of the most respected and popular companies fresh from brilliant international tours who call ZOO their Edinburgh home away from home. 2Faced Dance bring their new work Out of His Skin, a visceral, awe inspiring look at the world of adrenaline junkies charged with a bold energy and an exhilarating blend of break and contemporary dance. We also welcome back Idle Motion, a young company who we’ve watched go from strength to strength in recent years. Based on the untold stories behind wartime Bletchely Park and the team that cracked the enigma code, new piece That Is All You Need To Know looks set to be their best yet.
Director of ZOO Venues James Mackenzie said ‘At ZOO we pride ourselves on offering something just a little bit different from the usual fare at the Fringe, and our 2013 season is no exception. A commitment to diverse but uniformly excellent, innovative and extraordinary work over the past decade has fostered some of the UKs most exciting young companies, brought cutting-edge international acts to Edinburgh audiences, and given a home to world-class dance. As ever, this is a programme which will surprise, amaze, but above all inspire.’