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Loop – Underbelly Belly Button, Edinburgh

Writer: Alexander Knott

Director:  Zöe Grain

Reviewer: Emma Plotkin

To “loop” a song is to play it over and over again. Everyone knows if you listen to the same song for too long, the tape will break. Yet, play the song again, feel compelled to do it because “it’s like air…you’re lifted out of you…and it’s just you and the music.”

Loop oscillates between music as a solitary act and music as a communal act. Music is the spine, vertebral scenes, each jumping from one generation’s relationship to the next. Each scene could be defined by a different song; it is an eclectic album. The beginning is a rushing hustle and bustle of a woman’s physical and emotional journey. She’s moving to a new place – her life is shifting and she’s riddled with anxiety. Until she meets a man, a jolly, lovely, funnily dressed man who brings her to a club pulsing with seductive music. If she were a piccolo, he is a subwoofer.

Through a musical interlude, we time jump from one couple to the next. Bring on overdrive and electric bass, blue scrunchies and pink hightops, geometric button downs and orange traffic cone coloured headphones. The 80’s brings brash young love and laughably bad Michael Jackson moves.

Physical theatre is integral to this piece. The performers use their bodies to create the setting. They are the bus and the riders, the club and the dancers. With averted eyes – the background is alive, constantly shifting and moulding into new spaces.

From one generation to the next; music becomes a bridge, a friend, a career. Loop is a deceptively simple ode to what was and what will come to be. Watch as friends, lovers, and family come and go and come again. Find solace in the music, a spiritual experience, something that is always with them.

Runs until the 26 August 2018 | Image: Contributed

Writer: Alexander Knott Director:  Zöe Grain Reviewer: Emma Plotkin To “loop” a song is to play it over and over again. Everyone knows if you listen to the same song for too long, the tape will break. Yet, play the song again, feel compelled to do it because “it’s like air...you’re lifted out of you...and it’s just you and the music.” Loop oscillates between music as a solitary act and music as a communal act. Music is the spine, vertebral scenes, each jumping from one generation’s relationship to the next. Each scene could be defined by a different song; it…

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a deceptively simple ode to what was and what will come to be

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