Ballet Freedom

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (contemporary, international)

  • Pleasance at EICC - Lennox Theatre
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  • Aug 13-23, 25-28
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Group: Freedom Ballet of Ukraine
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains audience interaction, nudity, scenes of a sexual nature, and adult themes.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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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Spectacular world renowned ballet company journey from Kyiv. Freedom Ballet celebrate their 20th anniversary in Edinburgh with 14 incredible dancers. An outstanding dance collective. Their intimate, sensual ballet is astonishing. This adaptation of their hit show Boudoir is about the moment of life, when knowing yourself, your love and your loss, you can truly see yourself in the mirror. Credits include performing with Franco Dragone, legendary director of Cirque de Soleil, and sharing the stage with Dita Von Teese, Queen of Burlesque Cabaret. Sold out tours in more than 30 countries with over 5,000 performances.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Lift access to level minus 2. Early access offered where possible.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not Selected

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Kathryn about 10 hours ago

These show notes warn of 'scenes of a sexual nature' but do not mention the graphic sexual violence which is also played out on stage. In one opening scene a clearly unconscious woman is sexually assaulted by three seperate men. These men then appear to take trophies from her lifeless body. I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of sexual violence to carefully consider whether this show is right for them. I would also encourage this site to update their show description to more accurately portray the nature of this show.

Fran Boto 1 day ago

Amazing performances and choreography. Very moving. The interpretation has polarised people but I saw it as the violation of Ukraine and the fight back rather than gender based or patriarchal .

Ricky M 4 days ago

I don’t know what the hell happened as I felt like I was transported to Narnia on acid, but this is an hour of my life I’ll never get back. A bizarre combination of skits blending soft porn with roast chicken. Avoid.

Maria 4 days ago

Best show on fringe festival. I visited some more (about 10 shows) and I could not found any better

Maria Skolozynska 4 days ago

A beautiful, sensual and perfectly executed contemporary ballet performance. Made me cry and made me happy. Worth seeing for sure

Zito 4 days ago

While the dancers are very skillful and the stage design is amusing, the overall choreography and music is very underwhelming. From a gender point of view, the whole show is very heteronormative and binary, and the show also includes a lot of gender-specific violence, which is quite unsettling. It's a bit sad to see genders are still presented in such a flat way in such a grand show in 2022.

Antony Etherington 5 days ago

Amazing definitely the best show we have seen at the fringe. Graceful, thought provoking passionate and sensitive. I can’t recommend this company enough. Thank you. Seeing other comments come through the reviews…everyone has individual preferences and ways of processing the art in front of them. The world would be vanilla without this difference, people take different thoughts away with them at the end of this adaptation. Personally I looked beyond the flesh to the movement and grace and skills of the performers Well done all involved

Sharon Alexander 5 days ago

The dancers were limber and interesting but we found the theme verging on soft porn and some of it miming violent porn. Nothing in the description prepared us for such a lengthy sexualized performance. It wasn’t our taste. Also the music was way too loud. Unnecessary. Our ears were still ringing after the show.

GH 5 days ago

I took my 9 year old and we both really enjoyed it. I would say though that I think a lot of it went straight over her head - a slightly less naive kid would have had a lot of new knowledge after this show! Really engaging but would suggest being mindful of the warnings (though there's no nudity -that was the main warning and I'm not bothered by that - but the dancers are often scantily clothed and enjoying lots of sexy times! And some murder)

Tania Fedirko 7 days ago

An excellent, entertaining and engaging show!

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Edinburgh Guide (5/5 stars) 1 day ago

From the opening procession of the hip thrusting waiters to the moving, flag waving finale, the audience was completely engrossed in the slick, sassy and scintillating theatrical dance show.

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