This year I had the pleasure to be in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival.

For those of you who don’t know, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. Basically every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste: theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, exhibitions and events.

In this (and in the next) posts, I’ll try to show and tell you the best (artistic) hidden gems that I was lucky enough to find.  Let’s start with the amazing show of the Russian “Hand Made” theatre.

This unique troupe from St Petersburg created an exceptionally beautiful and upbeat show using only their hands. All started with the hands of the actors popping up out of the fringes of the scenery. Just a moment later you will find yourself in the middle of a very rare form of theater expression with hands performing the wildest and unexpected movements on stage.

Fingers, palms and arms are used in their full extent to create hundreds of images that will catch your imagination: landscapes, wilful heroes, funny situations, animals, clocks  - all beautiful “hand made” gifts for the audience of the show.

Their incredible talent, unlimited imagination and uncontrollable humour created a unique show (hand)-made by great visual imagery, amusing stories and charming poetry.

If I were you, I won’t miss them. And if you are around Edinburgh in August, you still have time to see them at the Fringe Festival.

A spectacular teamwork that makes you forget you’re just watching ten people with their sleeves rolled up.

They’ll make your day.


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