Taiwan Season: Bout

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

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  • Summerhall - Old Lab
  • 10:20
  • Aug 25
  • 40 minutes
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: Taiwan (Republic of China)
  • Group: Chang Dance Theatre
  • 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 2 years


Taiwan's Chang brothers (co-creators of Bon 4 Bon, a five-star hit at the 2018 Fringe) bounce back with a dance that reveals fresh facets of their fraternal relationships and the rich possibilities – and inherent conflicts – of male bonding. Originally inspired by the ritual and physical rhythms of the boxing ring, this simply staged, unpretentiously eloquent new work is the physically deft and thoughtful expression of three contemporary young Asian men who communicate best through their bodies. By exploring their strong, if sometimes strained, personal connections, the Changs once again endear themselves indelibly to us.

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General venue access

  • Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, go through the double doors at ground level next to the shop shed, past the Anatomy Lecture Theatre and through the double doors, take a right; down to the end of the corridor.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Rosamund Williams 81 days ago

Absolutely brilliant. Mesmerising. I loved it. 5 stars.

AlainaS 90 days ago

I'm more of a wordy girl, and every year at the Fringe, my friend Jackie gets me to see at least one dance performance, in hope that I will learn how to appreciate more what dance might be trying to say.

This year, I tried Taiwan Season: Bout. And I'm so glad I did. It's a quiet, intense work that isn't necessarily telling a story. It just lets you feel what brotherhood feels like (or so I'm told, since I only have a sister) from moment to moment. Beautifully danced. A pleasure, and a fantastic way to start the morning.

Rachael Caulton 94 days ago

Amazing movement quality and complicite between performers. Captured the fine lines of the boxing ring perfectly

Kristen Growney 98 days ago

Our whole family enjoyed this show- very relatable and impressive dancing and athleticism and emotion. Here are reviews from our two kids- age 13/11.

1. I thought the dancers were highly skilled and told an elegant story about brotherhood and compassion. The dance was very intricate and use space and sound very well. Overall I was very impressed and would highly recommend.

2- It was so impressive and I still think that it was an amazing performance. They were constantly jumping,moving and doing acrobatics, without a break, under all the lights on the stage. It was a great show and i hope that they get much more audience.

Roanna K 98 days ago

Simply stunning - a complex interplay between movement and silence juxtaposed with music. Masterful use of lighting and space within an all black stage to set the mood. Intimate and emotional.

Hsin Shyu 104 days ago

I quite like the setting of three people dancing together cause that way the relationship among dancers will never be equal or even. The emotion bonding between dancers are so strong yet tender, especially in such a small venue where the audiences could easily feel the dancer breathing and sweating, which gives audiences even stronger influences because we kind of breath and hold our breaths with dancers. This is a show that you will have to take a moment to calm yourself down after finish watching.

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 81 days ago

One of the real joys of anticipating the annual Taiwan season at the Fringe is that you know you’re never going to be presented with a Coppélia or a Swan Lake, and so it was with an air of almost breathless excitement that your intrepid reviewer crawled out of bed...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 87 days ago

When you’ve grown up with someone, shared joys and sorrows, meal times and playtimes, it brings about a certain closeness that can’t be replicated in adulthood. ...

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To Do List (4/5 stars) 88 days ago

A beautifully contemplative dance piece inspired by boxing.Chang Dance Theatre’s Bout is themed around boxing, but it explores relationships in a wider sense also. Choreographing for three dancers in a performance inspired by a one-on-one sport is an interesting choice and worked very well.The opening of the piece saw a...

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The List (3/5 stars) 92 days ago

Compelling and cerebral meditations on the body and its context...

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Seeing Dance (4/5 stars) 92 days ago

Always full of depth, Bout has tension, focus and energy, even when the moving stops. Even in moments of silence. The three brothers fill the space with feeling, mood and movement, although it’s at its best in those moments when all three are involved, which is most of the time.

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A Younger Theatre (3/5 stars) 93 days ago

Taiwan Season: Bout is a beautifully choreographed physical theatre/contemporary dance piece by the magnificent Chang Dance Theatre. The dancers move between contemporary and almost hip-hop choreography throughout this quietly stunning piece. It’s inspired by the observation of professional boxing, and examines the idea that this primitive behaviour in the ring...

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

Edinburgh’s Summerhall has a rowdy late-night festival hit with Square Go, which imagines a school fight with all the excess of professional wrestling. The mood is more subdued for its breakfast show Bout, an exploration of brotherhood through the motif of boxing. It’s performed – literally toe-to-toe at times –...

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