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Published on Monday, 17 June 2013


Assembly George Square (venue website)
Dance and Physical Theatre
1-6, 8-13, 15-26 Aug, 6:00pm-7:00pm

 Family-friendly. Suitable for all ages.

Are you searching for a sure-fire, tried-and-tested, award-winning show – one with appeal for almost anyone, yet which still embodies the quirky spirit of the Fringe? Then look no further than Leo. The self-styled “anti-gravity show” is back for a third successive year, and it’s sure to wow audiences again with its arresting mix of optical illusion and physical skill.

The concept’s as simple as it’s breathtaking. A solitary man performs agile acrobatics on the stage – while beside him, you see his performance repeated in a life-sized projection, as though you’re watching him on CCTV. But the video’s spun around by 90 degrees, so the floor becomes the wall, and a wall becomes the ceiling. When he lies on the ground he’s leaning on the wall, and when he stands on his hands… well, he’s all but floating.

To explain too much more would ruin the surprise, but it’s a solid and well-constructed ninety minutes, with a hint of a plot and a host of striking imagery. The relentless physicality is hugely impressive, and the creativity which underpins it is more impressive still. Most of all, it’s the safest of bets, yet the kind of show you really won’t find outside the Fringe. So, if you’re planning to experience the eclectic side Edinburgh… Leo should be the first thing you ink into your festival plan.

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