Edinburgh Preview: BalletBoyz Them/Us at Underbelly

BalletBoyz Presents Them/Us. Photographer credit George Piper
BalletBoyz Presents Them/Us. Photographer credit George Piper

Underbelly (McEwan Hall)
31st July – 15th August (not 7th)
13.00 (60 mins)
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Following a hugely successful tour across the UK, BalletBoyz makes its Edinburgh Festival debut with its latest show Them/Us, a fantastic collaboration from the company’s award-winning dancers and the Tony and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. The two pieces are set to original scores by world-class composers and ask where we see ourselves in relation to the ‘other’.

Them, the first half of the show, is created through a unique, collaborative choreographic process marking the first ever production in the company’s 19-year history to be created solely by BalletBoyz’ own in-house talent. Set and developed in tandem to music by emerging composer Charlotte Harding, Them explores the individuality and the versatility of movement which the company is renowned for.

Us, the second half of the show, explores human connections and culminates in an expanded version of the tender duet from Fourteen Days which premiered in 2017 to wide critical and public acclaim. With an extended score by cult singer/songwriter, Keaton Henson, Christopher Wheeldon develops this new work which explores human connections and the possibilities of before, during and after.

BalletBoyz is an all-male dance company known worldwide for its ground-breaking live performances, films and TV appearances. The company was co-founded nineteen years ago by ex-Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt and has since won numerous awards and accolades working with leading dancers, choreographers and designers across the world.

Michael Nunn and William Trevitt said: “Taking BalletBoyz to the Edinburgh Fringe for the very first time is incredibly exciting. The festival is world-renowned for good reason, and we’re thrilled to be presented as part of that melting pot of innovation and creativity. It’s also a great opportunity for us to realise our philosophy for the company: to make dance accessible to all. Them/Us shows off the versatility of dancers in a completely new way, so we hope the Edinburgh audience is ready for a great afternoon of entertainment.”

Christopher Wheeldon, choreographer for Us, said: “I’ve relished the opportunity to work with BalletBoyz again to create this new work that expands on my previous work with the company. It’s a pleasure working with Keaton Henson, his music for Us inspired me to investigate a new style of movement.”

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