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Bal Moderne at the Edinburgh International Festival

Posted on August 15, 2014


balmoderneThis weekend, Bal Moderne recreate wartime dancehalls in an event mixing live music, archive film footage and a chance to dance.

The show, held at The Hub in Edinburgh from August 15 to 17, is an immersive dance experience that invites the audience to dress up in period clothes, joining singers, ensemble musicians and participatory dance specialists Bal Moderne for a chance to experience wartime era dance culture.

Bal Moderne’s choreographies are specially designed for beginners, so however much dance experience you have, you can dress up and join in to understand the joy and escapism of dancing in turbulent times.


Picture: Butlin’s Reunion Dance at the Empress Hall in Earl’s Court, London. Photograph: Associated Newspapers/REX



Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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