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Kabinet K
27 - 28 August 2016
Edinburgh International Conference Centre

‘Things usually work out in the end. 
What if they don’t?
That just means you haven’t come to the end yet.’
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Raw is dynamic dance theatre, made by children, for children, and for adults too, best for children aged 12 and over.

Raw is about playing, dreaming and pretending. It’s about being a child, which can be difficult. It’s about growing up in a world that seems too big and too chaotic to understand. And it’s about grown-ups, who can seem just as incomprehensible.

A gang of seven children, aged 8 to 12, inhabit a rubble-strewn landscape of stones, tin cans, dripping water and a dirty mattress. Standing strong against what seems to be a constant, invisible threat, they play together, their adventures morphing into a fierce kind of dance, at once brutal and tender. They are powerful but also vulnerable, masters of their actions but equally yearning for attention and affection. Two adults – a young man and an older woman – seem at first like invaders in this children’s world, but grow to become companions.

Belgian dance company Kabinet K place children right at the centre of their powerful, high-energy dance-theatre work, looking unflinchingly at the world through a child’s eyes, and harnessing their young performers’ non-professional naturalism and instinctive charisma.

With powerful soundscapes of live electric guitar music from Thomas Devos, Raw is a wordless show that challenges our preconceptions of children, their strength and resilience, with a sense of innocent wonder never far away.

Kabinet K, directed by choreographers Joke Laureyns and Kwint Manshoven, has been widely acclaimed for more than a decade for its powerful shows designed to connect equally with children and adults, often bringing together untrained and professional performers

For children aged 12+


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Tender, brutal and genuine

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  • Audio Described:
    Sun 28 Aug 2pm
  • Running time: 
    1 hour approximately
  • Touch Tour:
    Sun 28 Aug 1pm


Edinburgh International Conference Centre

The Exchange
150 Morrison Street


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    Joke Laureyns, Kwint Manshoven Choreographers
    Thomas Devos Live music
    Kris Van Oudenhove, Kwint Manshoven Designers
    Mieke Versyp Dramaturg

    Milo De Clerck 
    Suza De Gryse
    Renée Wagemans
    Aagje Van Wesemael
    Louisa Vermeire 
    Judith Ginvert
    Anna Vrij
    Kwint Manshoven
    Kristina Neirynck

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    Kabinet K

    Raw | The Scotsman

    August 28th 2016

    their movement is alive with energy - the performances never short of compelling

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    Review by: 

    Kelly Apter

    The Scotsman

    Raw | The Scotsman

    August 28th 2016

    they are the epitome of happiness

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    Review by: 

    Kelly Apter

    The Scotsman

    Image: Kurt Van der Elst 

    This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

    The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


    All tickets: £20
    Under 18s: £10

    Current discounts

    Under 18s: 50% off
    Young Scot card holder: 50% off
    Students: 30% off
    Senior citizens: 30% off
    Unemployed: 30% off
    BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% off