False Start

Theatre (physical theatre, musical theatre)

  • Summerhall - Main Hall
  • 17:45
  • Aug 14
  • 55 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
  • Country: Belgium
  • Group: Lucilia Caesar, Performing Arts Laboratory
  • Warnings and additional info: None
  • Accessibility:
    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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False Start: a theatrical, musical and physical project. Four performers put themselves in the shoes of sprinters, depicting their relentless preparation for the race. False Start takes its inspiration from sport (the sprint) to question our society's obsession with speed, success and the cult of the body and performance. The project explores our relationship with failure as part of a quest for glory, dreams of flight and surpassing ourselves.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Once in to the courtyard, follow the signs up the access ramp, around the front of the bar and into the main reception. Down the corridor on your right hand side is the lift on your right hand side. Take this to the first floor, then take a left through the double doors. The Main Hall is on your right.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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The Scotsman - 4 star review 7 days ago

The Scotsman - 4 star review

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre reviews: False Start | The Beast Will Rise | Greg | Marriage In Progress | Fire Signs | The Final Approach

The sweaty rituals of high-performance athletics are examined in an exhilarating physical show, while an immersive noir film/soundscape takes you on a trip to hell. Reviews by Katie Hawthorne, Rory Ford and Fiona Shepherd

Three, two, one! The crowd goes wild! Then it’s back to the starting block. In this sweaty and ritualistic physical theatre, conceived by director Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski, four performers-turned- sprinters bounce on the start line as the clock ticks down, waiting for the gun. Pre-run habits are performed with religious fervour: arms stretched, laces tied, a wink for the camera, a wave at the crowd. As the sound of thumping heartbeats bleeds into pulsing techno, False Start finds the machine in these rehearsed, repeated behaviours – how dedicated, fanatical training can turn bodies into robots. But it also reveals the sheer humanity of it all: the physical pain in the name of transcendence, the mental strain of pushing past the limit in the name of glory, the rush of euphoria if – and only if – it all pays o!

Disembodied sports pundits chatter over the top of Jeanne Dailler, Pierre Gervais, Ninon Pérez and Laurent Staudt’s physical exertions, a surreal counterpoint to their breathless e!orts. One pundit remarks that it takes ten seconds for a sprinter to determine their fate, and the comparison to a Fringe show is stark: years of craft, months of practice, all boiled into a make-or-break performance. False Start grew out of a five-minute “flash” version, and it deserves this hypnotic, extended run – as the performers tire, their limbs finding looser movements, the audience urges them on. In turn, it asks us to reflect: what does it mean to win?

Best of all is when, lit by Jan Maertens’ simple, striking lighting, the four convulse into slow-motion tableaux: faces smeared with desire, limbs bent back, nails scratching into the fabric of a competitor’s shirt. It’s grotesque and biblical and exhilarating – a complex testament to the human need for speed. Katie Hawthorne

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