Ephemeral Ensemble


Forensic anthropology and physical theatre collide in REWIND, a compelling, kaleidoscopic show inspired by Latin American refugee stories.

Premiering at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe to critical acclaim and multiple awards, REWIND is a visually stunning, deeply powerful new show, inspired by testimonies of Latin American refugees and migrants across generations.

Drawing from the science of Forensic Anthropology as both methodology and a form of resistance, Ephemeral Ensemble combine energetic physical performance, dynamic live music and a distinctive style in a show unlike any other.

Committed to remembering those who endured, and those who continue to live under authoritarianism, REWIND ultimately tracks back through time to reveal a universal story of the struggle for social justice.

Age guidance: 14+


Summerhall’s inaugural Rewind Award 2023
Warwick Award for Public and Community Engagement 2023
LUSTRUM Award for unforgettable work at Edfringe 2023

Post Show Q&A

Thu 18 Apr 2024

Join Professor Dame Sue Black and Professor Ben Bollig for a post-show Q&A panel, led by TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities)

About Professor Dame Sue Black

Professor Black (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics) is currently President of St John’s College and one of the world’s leading forensic anthropologists. Originally from Inverness, she graduated from the University of Aberdeen, specialising in human anatomy and forensic anthropology. Her extensive career has included lecturing at St Thomas’ Hospital London and working as a consultant for the Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and United Nations, eventually leading on the war crimes investigations in Kosovo

About Professor Ben Bollig

Ben Bollig (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages) works on contemporary literature and film in Latin America, with a particular focus on Argentina and its poetry. He recently published a book on the cinematic adaptation of poetry in Argentina, entitled Moving Verses, and a volume edited with David M.J. Wood, The Poetry-Film Nexus in Latin America, as well as a volume of translations of Cristian Aliaga’s travel prose poetry, Music for Unknown Journeys. He is an editor of Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. He co-edited Latin American Cultural Studies: A Reader. He has written on Latin American topics for the TLS, The Guardian, and The Observer.

Free event / no booking required


“Kaleidoscopically creative”

The Stage

"Ingenious...Ephemeral Ensemble use music, movement and puppetry to astonishing effect"

The Guardian

“Deeply moving”

The Scotsman

"This how theatre should be"

Broadway Baby


18 April 2024 - 8:00 pm
19 April 2024 - 8:00 pm

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