The Chosen

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (contemporary, physical theatre)

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  • Dance Base - Studio 1
  • 17:00
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Company Chordelia
  • Warnings and additional info: -
  • Accessibility:
    Hearing not needed
    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 18 months


The Chosen is about dying and so is also about living and time: how we choose to live in the face of dying and how we think about dying. Increasingly, as medicine advances, knowledge of imminent death has become a reality for everyone. From the shifting perspectives of both the Chosen and those close to them, this piece is a personal reflection on experiencing the time left to us. A reference to The Rite of Spring – the “chosen” is to be sacrificed, but also special or honoured. Created by award-winning artistic director Kally Lloyd-Jones.

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General venue access

  • Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: Lift from street entrance to first floor
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

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The Herald [paywall] (3/5 stars) 47 days ago

Self-defined as a piece “about dying and embracing the art of living”, it is painting on the broadest, some might say the most ill-defined, of canvases. A company of six young dancers, three female, three male, come to us (and, at the end, go from us) from a metaphorical shore...

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The Fountain (4/5 stars) 55 days ago

As an ensemble piece, it was flawless. Every dancer (I want to say ‘actor’) played their part within the structure of an incredibly moving corps. [...] With a cast of such impressive dancers/actors, stunning choreography, and excellent technical back-up, I wonder if this production is destined for greater fortunes. Perhaps a 21st Century Stravinsky could write an original score?

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Exeunt 60 days ago

Every so often I become temporarily paralysed by the idea my husband is about to die. Or has died. I’ll be, for instance, at work and I’ll suddenly get hit by the fear my phone is just about to ring and there will be someone on the other end telling...

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FringeReview 61 days ago

Six characters wearing every day clothes each stand on a silver box. One by one, to the sound of a heart beat a dancer folds into themselves – and the sound of waves envelopes the dancers. The waves become more vigorous as they move forward and back. The metaphor of...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 65 days ago

Death isn’t an easy subject for any of us, our own or someone else’s. ...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (5/5 stars) 71 days ago

How does one live life, when having acknowledged the harsh reality of death? Company Chordelia approaches the matter through a dazzling contemporary dance piece, capturing the intimidating power of such a problem. The struggle against the knowledge o...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 72 days ago

How do we face dying if we know we have a terminal illness? And also how do we live in the face of death, imminent or not? Losing several friends in the same year, Kally Lloyd-Jones, Artistic Director and choreographer of Company Chordelia faces these questions in The Chosen. Normally...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 72 days ago

Strong ensemble dance can be hard to find on the Fringe. Scottish choreographer Kally Lloyd-Jones' Company Chordelia goes a long way towards filling the gap with this sextet, which is essentially about how to live with the knowledge of one's own mortality. The set is clean, white and spare. The...

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The Guardian (3/5 stars) 74 days ago

The weighty issue of mortality informs Kally Lloyd-Jones’s latest work for Company Chordelia. An hour-long piece with six dancers in everyday clothes and trainers, it earnestly attempts to confront the incomprehensible certainty of non-existence. In subject and practice, dance is so often about youth – the title suggests the adolescent...

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The List (4/5 stars) 76 days ago

Reflection on death proves to be full of life...

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 77 days ago

6 mirrored cubes sufficient for sitting on lined up along the back of the stage. A cool moon glow fills an otherwise empty stage. For all its simplicity it is a beautiful opening scene and the metronome beating of a heart commences the show, this returns again and again. There...

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