Sometimes you stumble upon an ‘experience’ that is so unique, so damn CLEVER that it takes your breath away.
Guru Dudu has created that ‘experience’: an hour long tour in the hands of a self appointed guru and yoga instructor with a deep love of Disco music.
50 of us congregated in the Grassmarket at 2pm on a busy Fringe Sunday afternoon, right in the heart of thronging Edinburgh touristville. After being given radio controlled earphones Guru Dudu commenced the tour with a bit of dance yoga warm up, meet the neighbours, before commencing the tour. In a fairly tight mile or so loop we danced to Abba, Stevie Wonder, Backstreet Boys, Chic and many more disco and discoesque classics.
We created a Soul train near the University.
We sang Bohemian Rhapsody to the crowd at Greyfriars Bobby.
We air guitared.
We serenaded strangers.
But, most of all, we danced like crazy gradually becoming less and less aware of the fact that this was essentially a public performance with a cast of strangers and a conductor that is also a master choreographer.
“Voullez Vous, Aha” a second before each ‘Aha’ Guru Dudu points out a passing person on the left or right and instructs us to shout ‘Aha’ and point at them in unison. It works every time. You laugh at your innate ability to be a massed choir and dance troupe with absolutely no training. It is miraculous.
And we grinned. Oh how we grinned, from ear to ear for every second of the 45 minute tour.
This is as good a Fringe show as you will EVER perform in. Go on, release your inner Bee Gee.