Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (dance, contemporary)

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  • ZOO Southside - Main House
  • 21:00
  • Aug 24
  • 30 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Scottish Dance Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: None
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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 2 years


Scottish Dance Theatre's Ritualia shakes tradition to its core in this bold re-imagining of Nijinska's 1920s ballet, Les Noces. An ensemble of other-beings vogue through a wedding ceremony, donning queer wigs in a visual feast of wearable art and lush lighting set to Stravinsky's original modernist score. As we reach the climax and witness the vows, society's pre-assigned roles are shed in an androgynous gender utopia created by internationally celebrated choreographer Colette Sadler. Part of British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019. 'An utterly absorbing, undeniably fresh vision of the future' ***** (Scotsman). 'Visually striking, astutely clever' **** (Herald).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: The level access is via the rear or the builiding. There are 16 steps from the street level to the seating.
  • Wheelchair access type: 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.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (3/5 stars) 81 days ago

Clad in black, hooded nymph-like all in one suits, a group of dancers begin the piece as an entangled entity. Chewing and intertwining between each other, they move like a school of feathery fish. Backstage left of them is a rope headed empress type creature,...

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The Times [paywall] (3/5 stars) 82 days ago

Scottish Dance Theatre’s ambitious, two-show run at the Fringe starts with Ritualia by the Berlin-based Scottish choreographer Colette Sadler. It is a stylish although inconclusively limp and fundamentally shallow re-imagining of Bronislava Nijinska’s 1923 ballet Les Noces. Lasting half an hour, it features an eight-strong ensemble in knitted, hooded black...

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 82 days ago

Scottish Dance Theatre is internationally renowned for creative, groundbreaking work while choreographer Colette Sadler explores the transforming perceptions of the human body. The ideal partnership. Ritualia is Sadler’s artistic re-invention of Bronislava Nijinska's Les Noces (first performed by the Ballets Russes in 1923). This avant-garde masterpiece depicts the traditional rituals...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 83 days ago

A seething pack of hooded androgynous people creep across the stage. It is white. The lights are bright. The music is loud, discordant. Their movements are fluid and hypnotic. For a time, they remain linked, almost symbiotic,  contorting into impossible shapes but never losing the connection between the eight dancers. This...

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