Total Theatre Awards announce 2017 shortlist
The awards, overseen by a panel of 28, highlight the best in circus, dance and physical or innovative theatre as well as emerging companies
The shortlist has been announced for this year's Total Theatre Awards, highlighting the best talent at the Edinburgh Festival.
A total of seven awards will be presented across five categories, Physical & Visual Theatre, Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form, Emerging, Circus and Dance.
Speaking about the list, awards co-directors Jo Crowley and Becki Haines said, "In a festival year when many international artists have been denied visas to enter the UK to perform at the Fringe, Total Theatre continues to champion the vital contribution independent artists and independent voices make."
A total of 538 eligible shows were assessed over the first 11 days of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. These shows have been viewed between two and four times by a curated panel of 28 peer assessors from nine countries.
The shortlisted shows will now move to a judging panel where shows are seen by leading arts industry figures from seven countries including critics, academics, artists and programmers.
The judging panel will announce their decisions at an awards ceremony on Thursday 24 August.
The shortlist in full:
Shows by an Emerging Company / Artist
Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist
Power Ballad Julia Croft and Nisha Madhan presented by Zanetti Productions (New Zealand)
Physical / Visual Theatre
Gandini Juggling (England)
Snigel and Friends
Caroline Bowditch and Company (Scotland)
Spitfire Company (Czech Republic)
Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus
All Genius All Idiot
Svalbard Company with Aurora Nova and Follow the Rabbit (Sweden)
All the Fun
Cie Ea Eo in association with Aurora Nova (Belgium)
Fauna in association with Aurora Nova and Follow the Rabbit (Sweden)
Ellie Dubois (Scotland)
Total Theatre & The Place Award for Dance
Arab Arts Focus: Dance Double Bill
Shaymaa Shoukry / Yazan Iwidat (Egypt)
Bill Coleman and Gordon Monahan (Canada)
Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus
Oona Doherty (Northern Ireland)
Rachael Young, created with Dwayne Antony (England)
Taiwan Season: Together Alone
Chen-Wei Lee x Art B&B (Taiwan – Republic of China)
Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form
Ontroerend Goed, Big in Belgium, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Vooruit, Richard Jordan Productions (Belgium)
Break Up (We Need To Talk)
Binge Culture (New Zealand)
Give Me Your Love
Our Carnal Hearts
Rachel Mars (England)
Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas (England)
Selina Thompson Ltd (England)
Northern Stage @ Summerhall
The Believers Are But Brothers
Javaad Alipoor (England)
Northern Stage @ Summerhall
The Shape of the Pain
China Plate, Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe (England)
Zoe Coombs Marr, Ursula Martinez & Adrienne Truscott, Soho Theatre and Malthouse Theatre (England)