Dance review: A Romance
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: A Romance at C Venues – C (Venue 34), reviewed by Kelly Apter
Before they’ve uttered a word, this dramatic show from Korea’s Modl Theatre is already a sight to behold. Colourful silks hang at the side and six women wearing beautiful traditional costumes sit sewing and chatting happily.
So begins this tale within a tale. On the eve of her daughter’s wedding, a noblewoman sits with the bride-to-be and their four servants. Known for her great storytelling ability, the daughter is talked into reading the traditional Korean tale, the Story of Lady Sukyoung.The women come in and out of the tale, but as it reaches its denouement all play a part in bringing it to life. The daughter mouths the words, but her companions take on the roles.
We would understand none of this, however, were it not for the subtitles projected onto a backcloth, the view of which is better for some audience members than others. And there’s a sense that some of the nuances are lost in translation.
A tale of love, deceit and a woman’s place in 19th century Korea, A Romance is a visual treat, with moments of strong drama, atmospheric live music and lively performances.
MORE INFO: A Romance at C Venues – C (Venue 34), Until 26 August
Originally published in The Scotsman