Ali and Alpo

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (dance, contemporary)

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  • Summerhall - Old Lab
  • 13:05
  • Aug 23-25
  • 40 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Finland
  • Group: Alpo Aaltokoski Company in association with From Start to Finnish
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  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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A beautiful wordless dialogue between Iraqi traditional music and Finnish contemporary dance. The original aim of the work by oud lute virtuoso Ali Alawad and choreographer Alpo Aaltokoski was to contemplate the similarities and differences between two mutually alien cultures. But the rejection of Alawad's asylum application dramatically affected the final form of the work. To avoid forced repatriation, Alawad fled Finland two weeks before the premiere. Nevertheless, Alawad still took part in the performance via video projection. The piece touchingly brings out the human experience and the consequences of increasingly restrictive asylum policies.

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  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, go through the double doors at ground level next to the shop shed, past the Anatomy Lecture Theatre and through the double doors, take a right; down to the end of the corridor.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Ren Reynolds 4 days ago

This is a lovely meditative piece. I have to admit I watched much of the show with my eyes closed. Alpo's dance is interesting but I found it mainly distracted me from the beautiful music. Other's appreciated the dance a lot more.

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Voice Magazine (3/5 stars) 3 days ago

li and Alpo is a collaboration between Finnish dancer and choreographer Alpo Aaltokoski and Iraqi oud lute musician Ali Alawad. This piece explores the similarities and differences between the two cultures. Musician, Ali Alawad, is projected onto a screen on the right half of the stage and Aaltokoski dances across the stage, often dancing behind the projection giving a kind of unity to the two performers.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (5/5 stars) 4 days ago

A deeply powerful show, this intimate, melancholy performance by Finnish dancer Alpo Aaltokoski and Iraqi oud player Ali Alawad is mesmeric and overwhelming. The piece opens a dialogue between Finnish and...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 8 days ago

The story behind this solo show is almost as poignant as the work itself. ...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 13 days ago

In order to better appreciate this modest forty-minute dance solo with music you need to know the back story. The veteran Finnish dance artist Alpo Aaltokoski was meant to create a collaborative performance with Ali Alawad, a virtuoso Iraqui oud lute player and singer, as a means of examining cultural...

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The List (4/5 stars) 14 days ago

An exquisite duet of Finnish contemporary dance and Iraqi music...

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