Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (hip hop, experimental)

  • Summerhall - TechCube 0
  • 19:20
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: Canada
  • Group: Helen Simard and We All Fall Down Interdisciplinary Creations
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  • 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 2 years


What can we expect from the unexpected? What can we recognize in a world governed by unpredictability? Street and contemporary dance collide as three dancers weave in and out of sync through a complex choreographic partition, supported by a live, hypnotic musical soundtrack that blends the sounds and rhythms of jazz, hip hop and drum'n'bass. Inspired by chaos theory and complex mathematical equations, Papillon is an emotional, engulfing reflection on order and disorder, singularity and similarity, metamorphosis, and the importance of human connection in trying times. A powerful performance that will have audiences dancing in their seats.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, take the access ramp into the main reception, take a right down the corridor, past the cafe, through a corridor with neon strip lights in the walls(slightly inclined), past the red lecture and through the double doors into the ground floor of tech cube.
  • Wheelchair access type: Wheelchair accessible (please contact the venue for more information)

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Gav W 104 days ago

I am a latecomer to the world of dance, and certainly don't come from an angle of expertise. But I do know what I like, and Papillon was certainly amongst the beest dance I have ever experienced.
The live created electronic music was in turns hypnotic, driving, and frenetic. The three dancers, varied in their physicality and style, each brought an individuality to the parts of the piece, but very much a coherent whole too. As they moved around the stage, drifting in and out of sync and step, it was almost overwhlming visually (and audibly from the band). It was definitely a very intense experience, I was stunned when it ended as I had completely lost track of time. It was a truly fantastic experince, I hope WAFD return to these shores.

Marion MacDonald-Andrews 113 days ago

I went to this show with a friend who had booked the tickets, so I had little prior knowledge of what to expect. I was blown away, it was utterly incredible. The music is gorgeous, and the 3 dancers were so talented. The dancing is free flowing and enthralling, what a beautiful show. Highly reccomend.

Hussein Malik 114 days ago

I went into this show with an idea of what it was about. That idea was nowhere to be found. I watched the show with intrigue. I was more than intrigued - captivated, transfixed and inspired - by the end of it. I had no idea what the meaning was about, but the power in it was the raw emotion. The focused techno music, alteration of the drums and synths based on the dancer's movements, was definitely intended. You could just as easily believe the dancers were responding to the music, expressing themselves carefully yet carefree as possible. It was both organised and disordered, harmonious and cacophonous, purposeful yet not. You'll just have to see for yourself.

Susie Hicks 118 days ago

The choreography of this show is definitely at the informal end of the spectrum, in fact I thought it was improvised until the choreographer was introduced at the end. Not to my taste, though the audience generally were enthusiastic. The electronic music however was excellent, progressing subtly in tempo and theme throughout the hour long performance.

Neil 119 days ago

The three dancers are all very talented, and all have their own style of dance performance. The show is interesting throughout, as the dancers constantly switch from dancing independently to interacting with each other. I personally didn't quite understand what it all meant, even after looking up the description, but enjoyed myself nontheless and found the show worth the visit.

If I can make a small suggestion, I'd recommend sitting in one of the back rows for a better view, as sitting at the front can sometimes put you so close to the performers that you may need to keep panning your head around to see them all.

Alkistis 119 days ago

Amazing, my favourite performance so far. Dancers and music are mesmerising, absolutely loved this show.

Doriane 123 days ago

Such an amazing performance, great artists and music, loved it! Thank you for bringing it to the Fringe!

rob beattie 124 days ago

Went with my daughter and we were both blown away. Epic sound track for those brought up with drum and bass and house music. And the dancers are mesmerising.

Marisol Ruiz 127 days ago

Subliminal, touching, vibrant and realistic. Definitely recomendable

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