Heroes take flight at the Edinburgh Fringe

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All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre and Room 2 Manoeuvre, two of Scotland’s most prolific companies working in the world of physical performance, have teamed up for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 to perform Heroes, their new light hearted show for all the family that delves into the world of superheroes and beyond. 


Heroes, featuring a stunning fusion of breathtaking aerial acrobatics, dance theatre, contemporary circus and visceral choreography, will be staged at 15.00 (16.00) at Udderbelly, George Square (venue 300) from 01 to 26 August 2019 (not 12 August).

In their quirky circus universe, two performers (and their miniature sidekicks) explore what it means to be a hero. The dynamic duo tackle the darker side of life in the spotlight and the pressures of being a role model with a never-ending list of enemies. Are we blinded by celebrity? Or are the ordinary people living extraordinary lives our true heroes?

Families assemble – don’t miss this clever caper told through aerial dance theatre and contemporary circus.

Heroes is choreographed and directed by Tony Mills (Room 2 Manoeuvre) and Jennifer Paterson (All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre) and performed by Beverley Grant and Tony Mills.

Audience members of all ages are encouraged to dress as their favourite superhero!

Heroes video trailer – https://vimeo.com/347983301

All or Nothing are Scotland’s leading aerial dance company creating, performing, teaching and pioneering aerial arts in Scotland since 2006. Based in Edinburgh, they blend breathtaking aerial acrobatics with dance, theatre and contemporary circus.

In recent years, All or Nothing has attained new heights in their work, creating Sprawl, a dance theatre duet for all ages, Three’s a Crowd, an ambitious and exciting piece for six performers, as well as their stunning crane show commission for SO Festival, What A Picture! They flew through the trees in the outdoor sound and light show Enchanted Forest and partnered on two Commonwealth projects; White Gold in the historic sugar sheds in Greenock, and Cryptic’s night time nautical extravaganza, Sound to Sea, in which they danced down the roof of Glasgow’s iconic Science Centre.  Over the past 2 years they have been flying from the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle as part of Freedom on the Tyne, dancing on the side of buildings on Princes Street for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Parties, spinning to the tunes of the Grit Orchestra for Celtic Connections spectacular Bothy Culture and Beyond, premiering work at Edinburgh’s newest festival, Hidden Door and creating aerial magic at Archerfield’s Christmas Fairy Trail.

Teaching, training and participation are vital to the company’s work and they run classes for all ages and abilities throughout the year, as well as their aerial tasters project Watch, Fly, Come, Try and one-off professional programmes such as Flying High, upskilling dancers to perform aerial harness. They have also worked in partnership with festivals and arts organisations such as Luminate, Scotland’s festival of creative aging, and The Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock, to deliver longer-term engagement projects designed specifically for diverse audiences and participants, and constantly challenging assumptions about who can do aerial.

In October 2018, All or Nothing combined their expertise in high quality participatory work, with their artistic and spectacular aerial skills for Paisley’s Halloween celebrations, Flying Witches on a 60 tonne crane and 50 young people performing and hanging from the Town Hall.

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Room 2 Manoeuvre

Room 2 Manoeuvre  is an Edinburgh based dance company, resident at The Brunton and founded by Artistic Director, Tony Mills, in 2007. The company aims to produce high quality work that will entertain and challenge audiences. Often thematic in nature, the work is characterised with touches of humour, slick production and visceral choreography.

With a foundation in hip hop dance technique, Room 2 Manoeuvre firmly crosses into contemporary dance and physical theatre genres, as the company seeks new forms of expression highlighted by an original movement vocabulary.

The company has been a recipient of several grants from the national arts body, Creative Scotland, and has gone on to successfully present work around the UK, Europe, Asia and South America. Off the stage, Room 2 Manoeuvre is concerned with delivering dance education to both community and professional organisations through the company itself, partnerships and international initiatives. The company is also involved in the production and programming for live theatre events within Scotland.

Beverley Grant

Beverley trained as a professional dancer at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance 2009-2012, since graduating she has performed with multiple dance companies and has trained as an aerialist.

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