INTERBEING – Stories from a Current War

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (true-life, music)

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  • Assembly Rooms - Ballroom
  • 15:30
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Group: 2Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 14 and above (14+)Contains Distressing Themes
  • 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 18 months


A visual rhapsody of stunning physicality and original music, using artefacts as props and documentary photography for script. Award-winning international company debuts a tour-de-force troupe of Ukrainian artists to tell a story about the root of human conflict. INTERBEING explores the themes present in the semi-autobiographical testimonies from our research, from love to the post-traumatic syndrome. Acrobatics, object animation and live music in a world premiere of 'five-star theatre' (Berria). 'Like never before in history, interconnectedness is the means of our survival' (Lord Ashdown).

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  • Accessible entry: There is lift access into the performance space. If not taking the lift there are 23 steps into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 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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Angelina Smolynec 51 days ago

A really amazing interpretation of Ukraine at war told through dance. Creative, moving, captivating. The live music is a great touch.

Elaine Butterfield 57 days ago

Such a powerful and emotional performance - left in tears and 5 days later am still thinking about it - cannot recommend highly enough - thank you

C Cowe 61 days ago

Good production and well performed. However I was confused for 90% show I understood what I was seeing and happening but I had no idea why it was happening. Narrative got a little lost for me

Loïs 66 days ago

Over the years I've heard various productions described as 'a powerful tour de force' , and it's always felt like a bit of a cliché. But here I am, thinking about how to write about INTERBEING and I want to use this phrase. Because it is a powerful tour de force.

It's a couple of days now since I saw it, and initially I felt unable to write about it at all - I had no words, I felt stripped of them. And I wondered if this was because the production needed no words? (there was minimal dialogue, but all in a language I do not understand).

This visceral story of life as a soldier in eastern Ukraine (though it feels universal) immerses us in their world - we feel the fear, we see the brutality, we enjoy those few tender moments of gentleness, and we recoil at the impact of the violence. I don't understand the language they were speaking, but then I don't understand the language of war itself. I do understand the bonds that we make with one another and our need for human contact, for love, for being part of a group, for hope. And all of this was portrayed by the remarkable team involved in this production.

Interbeing doesn't just deserve a wider audience, it needs it.

Thank you for bringing it to Edinburgh.

Emma F 67 days ago

Powerful and relevant content and performance. The musical soundscape , and the documentary projection really added to the storytelling. Loved the dog(s).

Alexandra C 68 days ago

Incredibly powerful and emotive show by a very talented group of performers. This has been my favourite show of the Fringe so far and I doubt it will be surpassed. Incredibly clever choreography depicting war and its devastating effects. It is a visual feast but also portrays a very important message. Everyone should see this show. I was saddened to see a small audience on the day I attended as this really deserves to be a sell-out. The performers are both dancers and actors, as well as being able to sing and play instruments - a talented bunch indeed. It was also fantastic to have the entire soundtrack to the show produced by a single on-stage musician. I was in tears by the end of the performance. It really moves you and speaks to you - and its content affects all of us. Go see it! I can't get it out of my head and would even consider going to see it for a second time.

Nikki Plowman 68 days ago

An absolutely stunning piece of theatre full of beauty, heart break and somehow considering the content, a sense of joy against the odds. A wonderful company working in absolutely synchronicity.

Late Bloomers' Tales - Anna Vanosi 69 days ago

this show is a feast for the eyes and the ears. only 6 bodys in the space and one musician creating the soundscape of the scenes are able to gives us moments, scenes, and very human situations, of a war we don't know nothing about. They even manage, with their incledible ensemble work, for us to see what's going on inside some character's head. Astonishing energy, rythm and I loved the rap, hearing the sound of their language, and the songs from the actors. At the end, I was in tears. Shaken and full of anger against all the wars that divide us. Thanks!

Ian Castro 69 days ago

An absolutely incredible show. I haven't stopped thinking about it since I saw it. It's probably the only show that deals with this topic that everyone else seems to be ignoring. A must see experience.

Claire Landis 69 days ago

this is a beautiful, but challenging piece of physical theater. I left with an entirely new perspective and knowledge of a war that has been happening right under my nose that I had no idea about. This is an eye-opening performance that everyone should see.

CoCoDanse 70 days ago

A fast paced physical and audiovisual precisely performed show that maps the real and imagined into an emotional web. It started with a capturing intensity and soon I got sceptical as whether the story and/or the performers could keep the pace. And oh how they could! The piece got stronger in emotional intensity throughout. I particularly loved the live music and the storytelling of the post-traumatic experiences. A great show!

Sydny Hansen 70 days ago

Absolutely stunning. An incredibly important piece - the storytelling blew my mind. I will never forget this. Super relevant, will leave you shellshocked, and will open your eyes to a story that we aren’t hearing about.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 50 days ago

The current war in Eastern Ukraine – which began in 2014, and shows no sign of ending any time soon – is often described as Europe’s forgotten conflict, even though it has already cost at least 15,000 lives. ...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (3/5 stars) 62 days ago

Interbeing is a physical theatre piece that charts a Swedish journalist’s visit to eastern Ukraine to document a group of soldiers. The subtitle ‘Stories From A Current War’ is well chosen. Since fighting broke out in March 2014 the conflict in Eastern Ukrain...

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The List (3/5 stars) 66 days ago

Physical theatre piece on war photography is sharply told but lacks depth...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 66 days ago

This. This. THIS is why we all keep coming back to the Fringe. Passionate, powerfully-honed talent telling the tales of our lives with humanity, empathy and a sense of powerful urgency.Of all the many, many fabulous shows I have seen over two decades at the Fringe, only two (Yael Farber’s...

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