BalletBoyz: Them/Us

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (dance, contemporary)

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Description

Award-winning all-male company makes an explosive Edinburgh debut. Created collaboratively by the BalletBoyz company dancers, Them explores the individuality that resides within each dancer and the versatility of movement which BalletBoyz are renowned for. In Us, Tony and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon examines human connections, culminating in the tender duet which premiered in 2017 to public acclaim. With contrasting scores by artist Keaton Henson and composer Charlotte Harding, this double-bill asks where we see ourselves in relation to the 'other'. ‘It doesn’t seem to matter what they dance. The result is always the same – fantastic’ (Times).

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Donnie Zuo 114 days ago

The six dancers, with their amazing physique, graceful movements and fluent interactions with each others, were extremely strong stage presences fit for the big venue. The two pieces, the former gentle and personal in its exploration of individual spaces and relations while the latter focusing on human interactions in an increasingly complex environment, formed a strong contrast and complimented each other well like yin and yang, showcasing the versatility of this amazing group. It ended in a mesmerizing duet that literally took my breaths away. Yes, masculinity can be a toxic thing, but here it was simply beautiful, sensitive, constructive and completely mind-blowing. This was my first live BalletBoyz show, and I couldn't wait for more.

Paul 115 days ago

An hour of all-male fusion dance, mainly contemporary but certainly leaning heavily on ballet forms and training. This was split into two halves (Them and Us) with a short break. The first, played in tracksuits with a moveable tubular cube, seemed to explore friendship, the second, more formally costumed, was perhaps looking at totalitarianism and the ability of the human spirit to survive and prosper despite it. Both were complex 6-handers containing solos, pairs and other groupings. The dance was high energy throughout – unusually, there were genuinely no dips, suggesting intense concentration. The dancers were both athletic and graceful with smooth interactions and transitions. This is difficult stuff and was mind-blowing to see from the 3rd row. You are in awe of the sheer fitness and technical brilliance and moved by the connections they create – the final duet was a thing of beauty. Enthralling, captivating, thrilling …. fantastic.

Maurice McKeown 115 days ago

I thoroughly enjoyed the show. The first half was very good but the second half was fantastic. The interpretation of the music was superb. The final duo was breathtakingly beautiful and moving.
Glad I saw them. 5 stars.

sharon williams 121 days ago

Mesmerising, bodies bent into shapes I hadn't thought physically possible, light as dandelion clock seeds. An incredible sight.

Tom Foster 121 days ago

Fantastic performance, well-choreographed and a pleasure to watch, best show I saw on Fringe

Pauline 124 days ago

"Them" in the first half was well choreographed and performed but "Us" in the second half was ballet at it's best. Amazing and innovative choreography and perfectly executed. A "must see" for ballet lovers

Jo 125 days ago

Powerful yet sensitive, wonderful music brilliantly interpreted. The final duet was so intimate and totally hypnotising. A privilege to watch.

Penny Wilson 128 days ago

Second half of this performance is miles above the first half, and even the first half (Them) is good. Us, the second piece, is supremely gorgeous. The grace, fluidity, and ability of these men is remarkable. The music of US was beautiful, and the performance moved some audience members to tears.

James M 129 days ago

Brilliant must see performance. Wonderful choreography, fabulous original music, incredible timing and strength. Sensitive portrayal and beautiful fluidity of movement.

Ana Lim 132 days ago

Exciting and beautiful choreography. Exceptional dancing.


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Voice Mag (5/5 stars) 115 days ago

This double-bill has many strengths, but the undeniable excellence of the contact work has to be one of the strongest points. BalletBoyz are fluid, strong and fierce, destroying stereotypes of typical male dance and bringing a new dreamy dynamic with them in their Edinburgh debut.

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FringeReview 120 days ago

their debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the award-winning all-male company, BalletBoyz present a one-hour programme comprising two contrasting contemporary dance pieces, with a 5-minute break.   The opening piece, Them is a collaboration of choreography by the BalletBoyz Dancers with Charlotte Pook, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt and original...

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Deadline News (5/5 stars) 121 days ago

The dancers managed to deliver a strong, professional and coherent performance, always staying in perfect sync with the music.

This a performance really worth seeing.

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The Student Newspaper 122 days ago

BalletBoyz creates a compelling and intriguing story through beautiful dance in Them/Us. Divided, as the title suggests, into two parts, each half explores the relationships between the six male dancers, culminating in the latter half focusing on a partnership portrayed in a moving duet.

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Miro Magazine (4/5 stars) 125 days ago


Award-winning all-male company BalletBoyz make their Edinburgh Fringe debut with their latest work Them/Us, a double-bill in collaboration with choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Josephine Balfour-Oatts reviews:
BalletBoyz‘s latest double bill of work Them/Us sees the award-winning troupe as choreographers for the first time.

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 131 days ago

BalletBoyz was co-founded by ex Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt. Over the last 10 years the company has performed around the world and won numerous awards and accolades working with leading dancers, choreographers and designers. Their performance … Read More ...

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Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 132 days ago

BalletBoyz came into existence back in 1999, which is an eternity in this business and I have been looking forward to watching this company perform this piece for some time. This is a show in two halves, and unfortunately or fortunately the latter is significantly better than the former. The...

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