Edinburgh Festival 2014: Best dance and music from Camille O’Sullivan to Out of Water

 

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Inala

A dance celebration of 20 years of democracy in South Africa, Mark Baldwin’s new work combines Zulu traditions with classical ballet and is performed by dancers from the Royal Ballet and the Rambert. Ladysmith Black Mambazo provide the music.

10 to 12 August, Playhouse (0131 473 2000)

Britten’s War Requiem

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra and various choirs in Britten’s masterpiece with soloists Alina Shagimuratova, Toby Spence and Matthias Goerne representing Russia, Britain and Germany.

14 August, Usher Hall (0131 473 2000)

Out of Water

Performed at dawn (6.30am) and dusk (8.30pm) on Portobello Beach, Jocelyn Pook’s piece about family and swimming will be sung at the water’s edge by the chart-topping soprano Laura Wright and 40 local singers.

8 to 10 August, Summerhall (0131 560 1581)

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Mark Baldwin’s new work combines Zulu traditions with classical ballet and is performed by dancers from the Royal Ballet and the Rambert

Brazouka

An evening of Afro-Brazilian dances and pulsing music. Arlene Phillips directs, with a story by Pamela Stephenson Connolly, whose stint on Strictly Come Dancing inspired her passion for the Brazilian art of samba and lambazouk.

31 July to 25 August, Assembly Hall  (0131 623 3030)

Camille O’Sullivan

The Queen of the Fringe celebrates a decade of performing in Edinburgh. 10 will feature some of the chanteuse’s greatest cabaret hits plus her own take on songs by Arcade Fire, David Bowie and Radiohead.

30 July to 24 August, Assembly Rooms  (0844 693 3008)

Alison Jackson: A Story in the Public Domain

Best known for her celebrity photographs, Jackson has now turned to opera. La Trashiata will feature lookalikes of the Beckhams, Boris Johnson and Charles Saatchi, among others, performing famous arias in revealing tableaux. Think the Middleton sisters duetting on Lakmé’s “Flower Duet”, aka the British Airways song, or Nigella Lawson singing “O Sole Mio”.

21 to 24 August, Summerhall  (0131 560 1581)

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