Dublin Fringe Festival review: The Dust We Raised, Raven Eyed & Everything Not Saved

Theatre Review: Dublin Fringe Festival - Various venues

The Dust We Raised - Project Arts Centre

A quixotic faith in human progress, which fails to take into account how toxic that “progress” has always been for the planet and might well be for us humans too, is an article of faith for our tech overlords, and it’s one skewered in Cork choreographer Luke Murphy’s The Dust We Raised.

The edgy, striving movement is set against allusions to gene manipulation, science-fiction and torture to achieve an unsettling though by no means didactic result.

Raven Eyed

You can’t have a Fringe without at least once gathering offsite somewhere in the city to be led to an undisclosed location. That box was ticked this year by Raven Eyed, from the aerial performance group Loosysmokes, which brought punters to a disused warehouse in East Wall. There the box-ticking ended though, as we were treated to an atmospheric, immersive show that used light and sound to great effect, creating an eerie setting for some jaw-dropping and beautiful trapeze displays.

Everything Not Saved - Project Arts Centre

The Dublin collective Malaprop return with a playful essay on the topic of memory devised by the company and Dylan Coburn Gray.

There is plenty of sophomoric philosophising and arch audience baiting, and it has a sketch-like quality that is often a weakness in devised work. The whole, in other words, is about equal to the sum of the parts, no more. But those parts have more than enough wit and intelligence.

  • The Dublin Fringe runs until Sept 24.

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