Next up in our annual series of Fringe preview Q & A’s it’s the turn of Joan Clevillé on Plan B for Utopia.
In one sentence tell us about your show.
Plan B for Utopia is a series of attempts to talk about change in the culture we live in.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
Plan B for Utopia premiered at the Fringe two years ago. It was a wonderful platform for the work and since then we performed it more than 50 times around the UK. This year we are lucky to be part of both the Made is Scotland platform and British Council Showcase and we hope to give the show another life after that. We have deliberately chosen a theatre rather than a dance venue because we believe (in fact, we know!) that the show appeals to comedy and theatre audiences who don’t usually ‘do’ dance.
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
The Fringe can be so overwhelming. Best thing is word of mouth. It gets you talking with people and it helps mapping out the festival from somewhere else than the brochure. Also good to think of what kind of stuff you’d like to see beforehand. It helps focusing your choices once you are in the storm of it all.
What makes your show stand out from all the others on offer? (Don’t say that it’s because you’re in it!
I have not seen all the other shows so I can’t tell you. What I can say about us is that we have worked to find a language at the border of dance, storytelling, theatre, singing that feels unique to me. You’ll laugh too and that can be uncommon with show labelled as contemporary dance.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
Kin from Bearly Methodical troupe – circus and physical theatre, a treat directed by Ben Duke, a choreographer that has influenced us in our work. The Dreamer, a show created by the Gecko creative team on Shanghai Dramatic arts centre and The North is our second show and will be on from the 4th to the 13th at Dance Base.
Finally, the boring but essential bit:
Name of the show: Plan B for Utopia
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
Dates: 21st – 27th August 2017