Raw, 27 août 2016 16:00, Edinburgh International Conference Centre
For children aged 12+
‘Things usually work out in the end.
What if they don’t?
That just means you haven’t come to the end yet.’
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Raw is dynamic dance theatre, made by children, for children, and for adults too, best for children aged 12 and over.
Raw is about playing, dreaming and pretending. It’s about being a child, which can be difficult. It’s about growing up in a world that seems too big and too chaotic to understand. And it’s about grown-ups, who can seem just as incomprehensible.
A gang of seven children, aged 8 to 12, inhabit a rubble-strewn landscape of stones, tin cans, dripping water and a dirty mattress. Standing strong against what seems to be a constant, invisible threat, they play together, their adventures morphing into a fierce kind of dance, at once brutal and tender. They are powerful but also vulnerable, masters of their actions but equally yearning for attention and affection. Two adults – a young man and an older woman – seem at first like invaders in this children’s world, but grow to become companions.
Belgian dance company Kabinet k place children right at the centre of their powerful, high-energy dance-theatre work, looking unflinchingly at the world through a child’s eyes, and harnessing their young performers’ non-professional naturalism and instinctive charisma.
With powerful soundscapes of live electric guitar music from Thomas Devos, Raw is a wordless show that challenges our preconceptions of children, their strength and resilience, with a sense of innocent wonder never far away.
Kabinet K, directed by choreographers Joke Laureyns and Kwint Manshoven, has been widely acclaimed for more than a decade for its powerful shows designed to connect equally with children and adults, often bringing together untrained and professional performers.