Review: El Pez De La Torre Nada En El Asfalto

Don't go expecting schmoozy salsa - there isn't much. Don't go for Latin chic - there is some, but it gets stripped naked, literally. But do go. This is a Cuban company with a serious heart and bodies to match. After a cheeky introduction to the performers in the foyer, you might be led to believe that the show to come would be trotting out all the Cuban cliches. Two minutes into the piece - whose title translates as The Fish of the Tower Swimming in Asphalt - and that notion is booted out.

Against the sound of crashing waves the six dancers line up and do battle to stay put. Acrobatic flips turn into walking parts, taking a fluent dance style into ordinary action, with strong echoes of European dance theatre.

It's good stuff but it goes on a little too long, and its message is unclear. If one of the girls hadn't started shouting out for a dress, we might have all gone home not a little underwhelmed. When she does, though, the company comes alive. At last, it's showtime.

A smooth duet rolls into a number where Latin rhythms are elongated into camped-up modern dance. With Carmen Miranda looking down from the heavens, the colour we had been expecting all along finally arrives.

Till August 15. Box office: 0131-317 3939.


Alice Bain

The GuardianTramp

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