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A visually stunning and physically impressive look at the relationship between mind and body. 

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Note: This review is from the 2017 Fringe

Mind-Goblin, presented by Korean dance company Lee. K Dance and performed by its founder Lee Kyung-eun, deals with mental health and the goblins of her mind and body.

The performance begins in blackout and you can just about hear a performer’s footsteps in the darkness; it’s only as the lights begin to gradually illuminate the stage that we see Lee Kyung-eun in front of a large white backdrop. The lighting here all comes from above and means Lee Kyung-eun’s body is distorted and androgynous. Her movements are small and slow at first, beginning with the extension of her arms and the flexing of fingers, but Lee Kyung-eun is immediately a strong presence on the stage.

The music Lee Kyung-eun performs to is a soundscape of metallic sounds, sloshing water, vibrations and echoes. As the rhythm of the music increases, so do Lee Kyung-eun’s movements and her addition of grunts and shouts to the soundscape. She is a dynamic and powerful performer and the choreography of the piece has an interesting ebb and flow to it. There are moments where Lee Kyung-eun’s body is controlled by other parts of her body or is blocked or stopped somehow. A leg is moved by hitting it with a hand or is stopped from moving by her arms joined together and used as a barrier. It’s an interesting portrayal of a mind and body not fully in sync.

The piece has two false endings: one where Lee Kyung-eun stops to drink a bottle of water and one where she almost crawls off stage entirely. The pause in the performance to drink the water is a good reminder of the physical demands this kind of performance must put on a performer. Lee Kyung-eun is the only performer on stage for the 30-minute show and she demonstrates stunning strength and grace throughout without visibly tiring.

The movement comes to a climax as Lee Kyung-eun runs in a large circle with her arm raised. As the running becomes faster and faster, her arm begins to batter her own head until the movement stops and a thick, black liquid pours from her open mouth. It’s a moving and visually striking moment, something that Lee Kyung-eun achieves often in this relatively short performance.

This is a visually stunning and physically impressive look at the relationship between mind and body.

Hannah is an arts and festival worker based in Edinburgh. She spends her spare time reading, learning to code and hanging upside down on the trapeze, silks and aerial hoop. She also likes food, cats, roller-skating and science.


  • Dance Base, Edinburgh
    from 15 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017



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