Next up in our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A’s it’s the turn of James Cousins, rising star of the British dance scene.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
Rosalind is the danced adventures of a Shakespearean heroine defying gender stereotypes in the modern metropolis.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
The Fringe is known for its comedy and theatre but less so for dance, so it’s a great opportunity to encourage people who might not usually watch dance to give it a go. Also the show was commissioned by the British Council as part of Shakespeare Lives to celebrate the 400th anniversary, so it feels fitting to bring the show to the Fringe which has seen so many different interpretations of the great Bard’s work over the years.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
It’s always tempting to go and watch things you’re already fairly sure you’ll like, but I’d say take a chance and try something that’s outside your comfort zone.
What makes your show stand out from all the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!)
It features an incredible international cast who come from a huge range of dance backgrounds including breakdance, Korean traditional dance as well as contemporary. Rosalind is probably one of the most physical dance shows at the festival and is guaranteed to amaze audiences with the dancers’ relentless physicality. It also features poetry from the acclaimed Sabrina Mahfouz and a huge neon structure.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
I can’t wait to see our collaborator Sabrina Mahfouz perform as part of That’s What She Said at Bar Bados Complex and see her show Offside at Pleasance Courtyard.
Name of the show: Rosalind
Dates: 4 August – 26 August 2017 (not 14 & 21)
Image: Camilla Greenwell