Having just turned 45, the days in which Nina Ananiashvili can perform moves like this must surely be numbered. 80 now’s the time to catch one of the finest prima ballerinas of her generation. A dancer with the Bolshoi for many years, Ananiashvili now runs the State Ballet of Georgia - a once beleaguered company which she whipped into shape quicker than a pirouette. Performing Giselle and a diverse Mixed Bill, the Georgians get the International Festival’s dance programme off to a flying start.
Edinburgh Playhouse, 473 2000, 9—73 Aug (not 'I 7), 7 .30pm (2.30pm matinee Sun 70 Aug), E 70—1342.
As she arrives back for another exciting Fringe performance, choreographer and dancer Rosie Kay takes on our quiz
5 biggest influences as a choreographer
Charlie Chaplin and Fred Astaire films. Artist Otto Dix and the Weimar Republic period of German history. Merce Cunningham. Pina Bausch. My old hist0ry teacher. Philip MacKenzie. at the Royal High School.
4 reasons people should see your show, DoubIePoints: K
It's an amazing piece of dance. The music will shock and delight people. swrtching between Bach and very modern electro mUSIC. It's very constructed yet guite fragile and beautiful. It's got a hell of a lot packed into 30 minutes!
3 things you love most about dancing
The moment when you take off — it can happen in class. in rehearsals and almost always on stage. That anyone can understand the beauty of dance. I love the routine and diSClpline — it keeps yOu grounded and together.
2 other dance shows you’ll be watching at this year’s Fringe/Festival
2FaCeD DaNcE and the Steve Reich Evening by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
1 word to sum up the Rosie Kay style?
I Bosre Kay Dance Company Dance Base. 225 5525. until 76 Aug (not i 7), times vary fit I (577;.
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* Pericles Redux Shakespeare reduced, reused and recycled like never before. Full of athletic movement. wit and poignancy. You'll laugh, you’ll cry, you'll clap very hard. Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 3pm, 89—870 (27.50-28.50).
=l= Bale de Rua Hip hop. salsa and capoeira combine in this expressive celebration of life in Brazil. See review, page 50. Assembly Hall, 623 3030, until 25 Aug (not 77), 6.50pm, $75-$77 ($74—$75).
=i< Children of the Khmer An inspirational hour of music. song and dance by this ensemble of talented young performers from Cambodia. Uplifting and beautifully synchronised. See review. page 47. The World @ St George ’3 West, 07527 050265, until 24 Aug, 4pm, 8 72 (E 70; children £5).
>l< State of Matter A fast. furious fusion of contemporary and streetdance. dressed up in sharp suits and youthful attitude by the new improved 2FaCeD DaNcE Company. See review, page 50. Udderbe/Iy's Pasture. 0844 545 8252, until 25 Aug (not 73), 4pm, 5372—27450 (270—27350).
>i< Capoeira Knights All the spirit. passion and danger of the Brazilian favelas rolled into one Show. featuring gravity-defying leaps and infectious rhythms. See review. page 50. The World @ St George’s West, 07527 050265, until 37 Aug, 7pm, 2 74 (E 72; children E5).
* Holdin’ Fast DOT 504 visits from the Czech Republic with this physically and emotionally charged dance piece. See review, page 50. Zoo Souths/de, 662 6892, until 25 Aug (not 77 8 78), 7pm. £70 (£8).
=i< Afterglow Glasgow has a very, very healthy northern soul and mod scene. This club plays all the best, and has guest Gerry lvchiIliams to help out in case the residents get tired (aye, right). The Universal, Fri 70 Aug.
For venue addresses see index page 96.