Avant Cymru’s Blue Scar is a hop hop inspired project. Developed in Rhondda Cynon Taf in South Wales, the piece is inspired by the local community. Blue Scar takes its name from the mark of the area which miners had them from their work, proudly earned. Young people went onto earn theirs through their exploits – falling off their Gambo (go-cart) or playing on the mountainside.
Creating a new Blue Scar as the mark of the Valleys, this collaboration of international dancers, hip hop music and filmography, Avant Cymru tell the story of a family in Wales. The production uses the stories heard and combines hip hop techniques- breakin, lockin and poppin – to translate on stage.
The cast comprises three professional international dancers, Rachel Pedley alongside BBoys Tommy Boost and BBoy Flexton. Telling the story of three youths- brother and sister, and friend- through dance. The production effectively overlays video prompts to offer context. The music has been created by music producer Jamie P, violinist Angharad Jenkins and Beat Technique.
Over the 50 minutes we are given an insight into life in the Valleys in the 80’s. The piece flows well and the interspersed videos successfully create intervals within the dance, enabling the story to flow and the pace to be maintained. The story is engaging and familiar, and yet overall the piece feels wanting.
The three dancers individual talents are evident, and as the piece develops more of the momentum grows in demonstrating their skills. But whilst the distinctiveness enables the appreciation of the individual, it feels as if it is only the storyline creating a performance. There is a sense that through more synergy and greater collaboration between the dancers there could be even great success within the piece.
Blue Scar is at C Venues as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You can catch the performance at 15.20 until Monday 27th August.
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