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Divine Madness - March 27
A dance-opera study of grief, revenge and love built around a soprano, three dancers and a live pianist. Divine Madness explores the physicality of the soprano in the context of dance, the singer exploring her practice beyond the concert recital. The sound score centres on using fragmented operatic extracts from arias in a context of exile, loss and revenge, including Ave Maria from Verdi’s Otello, Vissi d' Arte from Puccini’s Tosca, Ebben? n'andro lontana from Catalina’s La Wally, Morgen by Richard Strauss, O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, Song of the Moon from Dvorak’s Rusalka and None but the Lonely Heart (Op 6 No 6) by Tchaikovsky.
"Visually striking and infused with an exuberant energy, Divine Madness is something of a wild, bittersweet joy" - Chris O'Rourke, The Arts Review
"A full-throated and full-bodied exploration of the physicality of the operatic soprano" - Michael Seaver, The Irish Times
"Highly original and exploratory... every minute of the show is a reminder of the versatility, adaptability, resilience, discipline and strength of singers and dancers" - No More Workhorse
Choreography: John Scott
Soprano: Mairéad Buicke
Dancers: Magdalena Hylak, Simone O’Toole, Mufutau Yusuf
Pianist: Aoife O’Sullivan
Lighting and Design: Eric Wurtz
Performance time : March 27, 2023 from 19:00 to 20:00
Location : CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1, D01 KF84
Ticket Price : 15.00 €
ADOLETA! BY SELMA DANIEL DANCE-March Tour
Created by Selma Daniel, this heartwarming and joyous dance theatre show, about friendship and play, will tour to 7 theatres nationwide 3 - 28 March 2023.
A highly imaginative piece AdolteTa! is a day in the life of two friends, Joy and Sky who live a world where everything is possible! Through play the two friends overcome differences and together imagine, create and expand their reality.
Solstice Arts: Fri 3 Mar
Backstage Longford: Tues 7 Mar
Dance Limerick Hub: Fri 10 Mar
Linenhall Arts Centre: Tues 14 Mar
Riverbank Arts Centre: Wed 22 Mar
Garterlane Arts Centre: Fri 24 Mar
Axis Ballymun: Tues 28 Mar
Choreography & Concept: Selma Daniel
Dancers: Ellie Marsh & Mirela Romano
Composer / Performer: Patrick Stefan
Visual Consultant: Sabine Dargent
Costume Designer@ Sabine Dargent
Lighting Design: Sebastian Pizarro
Dramaturg: Raymond Keane
Photo by Luca Truffarelli of Deirdre Griffin and Sarah Ryan in AdoleTa!, 2019
To book tickets head to the venues website.
Supported by Arts Counicl Ireland, Solstice Arts Centre, Meitheal
WEATHERING BY MARY WYCHERLEY: 30 March, Dance Limerick
Weathering is a new feature-length hybrid work by director and choreographer Mary Wycherley
Created in collaboration with writer Jools Gilson, singer Ceara Conway and composer Jürgen Simpson, Weathering showcases Wycherley’s hallmark interdisciplinary style. Navigating the boundary between film and live performance, the work explores our relationship to our ancient past; and how to ground ourselves within the precarious social, political and environmental landscape of our present and future.
Conceived together with cinematographer Raja Nundlall as a multiscreen work, Weathering immerses the audience in the work’s point of departure – the striking and poignant landscape of The Gearagh / An Gaorthadh in County Cork – an 11,000 year-old submerged glacial Irish woodland. This last surviving full oak forest in Western Europe was felled for the building of electrical dams in the 1950s and within Weathering it acts as a bridge to the prehistoric age, asking us to reflect on how ancient places and natural environments infuse our current relationship to the natural world.
Featuring dancers Justine Cooper and Aoife McAtamney, and costume by Triona Lillis, Weathering is presented with live sound and voice performance, inhabiting the space between film and liveness.
Book tickets HERE.
GARDEN AS GALLERY- JOAN DAVIS- Various Dates- April-Sep
GARDEN AS GALLERY is a wonderful daylong event of dance and sound, inspired by the present moment, the inter-connections of the performers and the powerful presence of the natural world.
Conceived by Joan Davis, four dancers, one musician and two hosts create an offering which is heartful and vibrant, expressing the world inside themselves in relationship with the outside world.
Set among four acres of gardens overlooking the Irish sea, GARDEN AS GALLERY is a visual delight for the senses. The audience impacts the creation through their presence making each performance unique.
The day long performances take place throughout April, July and September 2023. 10:30am to 4pm.
For more information please contact: The Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow https://www.mermaidartscentre.ie 01 272 4030
Arts Administrator Rosemary St. Leger 087 9172572
Or visit www.gardenasgallery.com
WICKLOW SCREENDANCE FESTIVAL-3-7 April
From April 03 – 07 WSL will be offering a live in-person and virtual programme. This Irish festival focuses on the Art of Dance through training, performance, screenings, discussion, and craft. Offering unique opportunities for communities of artists, participants, audiences and curious bystanders, WSL features both local and international artists in a five-day exploration into the art of movement through live performances and film. The films screened in the festival focus on movement of all types, whether it be nature, machinery, or the human form.
Continuing its focus on the legendary choreographer Martha Graham, WSL 2023 offers the opportunity for dancers to study her pioneering repertoire with former Martha Graham second company members, Jean-Baptiste Ferreira and Rafael Molina in a three-day dance intensive presented in partnership with Dance Ireland from April 3rd to April 5th.
On Thursday 6 April, a full day workshop with Screendance experts Marisa Hayes and Franck Boulègue titled, ‘So You Want to Make a Dance Film?’ will explore the art of merging cinematography and choreography. In addition to these training workshops, a series of live performances, live-streamed screenings, and collaborative conversations with both up-and-coming and established artists will take place throughout the week.
Centring on Dance in Ireland
We are very excited to debut our fully-curated live dance show in the Wicklow Screendance Festival! The festival main event takes place in the Mermaid Theatre and features Irish-based dance artists and choreographers, with special performances of Graham extracts by Jean-Baptiste and Rafael.
For further info and booking see HERE.
BOLD MOVES BY BALLET IRELAND- 14-22 April
Experience exhilarating and dynamic choreography by internationally renowned choreographers Ohad Naharin, Aszure Barton and Filipe Portugal in Ballet Ireland’s Bold Moves 2023.
Feel the beauty, passion and energy in this stimulating programme of dance this spring.
An audience favourite when performed by Ballet Ireland in 2019, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 makes a much-welcomed return. Featuring an eclectic score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, techno to traditional Israeli music, Minus 16 uses improvisation and Naharin’s acclaimed ‘Gaga’ method, a unique movement language that breaks down old habits, pushing the dancers to challenge themselves in new ways.
Happy little things (waiting on a gruff cloud of wanting)
Aszure Barton’s Happy little things (waiting on a gruff cloud of wanting) is full of twists and turns like a ride on a West Virginia mountain railroad. A lively and animated work steeped in energetic, physical emotionality and set to music from a variety of artists including the guitarist/composer Bill Frisell and ‘Appalachian post-punk solipsist’ and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.
All that remains
Filipe Portugal returns to Dublin to create a world premiere for Ballet Ireland. All that remains is set to music by Ezio Bosso, is a reflection on the present moment, what connections we create between us and what remains with us.
O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College, Dublin
Friday 14 April to Saturday 22 April- Book tickets HERE.
LEITRIM DANCE FESTIVAL- 9-14 April
FREE EVENT 4pm: The Cake Dance – Mount Allen Eco Farm Lough Allen.
FREE EVENT 9pm – Cryan’s Teach Ceoil Dance Session with Joey Abarta, Jackie O’ Riley, Séan Ward & friends
10 - 11am: Step Share at The Dock Arts Centre- An hour of free space for dancers to share steps, thoughts and create together.
11 - 2pm: 21st Century Dance Masters Workshop with dancer and musician in residency, Jackie O’ Riley & Joey Abarta at The Dock
3 - 5pm: Understanding Music as a Dancer with lilter Eoghan O Ceannabháin at The Dock
FREE EVENT 9pm: Cryan’s Teach Ceoil Dance Session with Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, Paddy Cummins, Zoe Basha & Ultan O Brien.
For the full programme of events and ticket information, see HERE.
AEROWAVES SPRING FORWARD FESTIVAL-Dublin, 27-29 April
At Spring Forward 2023 Aerowaves is presenting the #Twenty23 artists, a selection which includes works from 16 countries and showcases a diverse and inspiring selection of choreographers working across Europe. In addition, Oona Doherty will present Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus, the work that was selected by Aerowaves in 2017, but has never been presented live before as part of the festival.
Since Spring Forward Festival is mainly a professional festival, and only registered professionals will have access to all the performances. However, some of the works and double bills will be open to the public at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, The Complex and Smock Alley.
Tickets will be put on sale soon for those shows open to the public.
To read more about the festival, see HERE.
YES AND YES-LIZ ROCHE DANCE COMPANY- Irish and American Tour-April-May
IrYes and Yes takes its title from the final episode of Joyce's Ulysses, which both begins and ends with a “yes”: “…yes I said yes I will Yes,” the famous last words of the novel, exclaimed by Molly Bloom. The dance journeys through the chapters of Ulysses, exploring its sensuality, absurdity, release, and resignation in movement with four extraordinary dancers and through film, sound, and design.
"Like Joyce did with words, Roche plays with the infinite choreographic possibilities of movement ... A wonderful, dreamlike experience.”—THE ARTS REVIEW
Yes and Yes by Liz Roche was originally co-produced by Solas Nua in Washington, D.C. and Liz Roche Company, in partnership with Cork Opera House. Commissioned by Solas Nua. Presented in association with the James Joyce Society.
April 26th-Cork Opera House
May 4-6th- The Irish Arts Centre, New York
May 10th- Spring Moves Dance Festival, Wexford
May 12th- Hawks Well Theatre, Sligo
May 17th- Town Hall Theatre, Galway
May 20th & 21st- Dublin Dance Festival, Project Arts Centre
To book tickets, see HERE.
DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL-16-28 May
Join us this May to discover dance from world-renowned artists. Dance that invites us to be open and courageous, to celebrate love and our shared humanity, and to reconnect with ourselves and the world around us.
The programme includes a host of Irish and International dance artirts- check out the lineup and book tickets here.
Events on in DanceHouse:
19-20 May: Originate – Performance Showcase- Magdalena Hylak | Mufatau Yusuf | Jessie Thompson. Presented by Dublin Dance Festival, Dance Ireland and Culture Ireland.
20 May: Originate – Artist Pitches- Junk Ensemble | Monica Muñoz | Isabella Oberländer. Presented by Dublin Dance Festival, Dance Ireland and Culture Ireland.
17-23 May: Talks and Workshops: see here
Image from Navy Blue by Oona Doherty
MIGRATION SONATA BY IMDT
This project will see an open invitation to 'new' (er) citizens of Kilkenny, with a particular focus, but not exclusively, on the Ukrainian and South Sudanese communities. It will involve a series of dance and vocal workshops with John Scott who has a long track record of community-based dance projects along with David Brophy. The work will be presented to audiences at Kilkenny Arts Festival 2023 and will be artistically driven by the participants themselves.
For further info see HERE.