FABLE: The People Behind It

FABLE is a sinister dance-theatre production for young adults. An all-male cast of highly physical street dancers dissect modern life, revealing the disease that sits just under the skin. From the unanticipated consequences of new technologies to political conspiracy and manmade horrors and drawing on classic dystopian cinema and cautionary tales, these five short stories don't shy away from the gruesome details. Choreographed by Matt Szczerek and directed by Cathy Coughlan.

See FABLE in Project Arts Centre on 9 & 16 September as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival


 MATT SZCZEREK (31) is a Dublin based (contemporary-urban) Dance Artist and a professional member of Dance Ireland. Over the last three years he has danced regularly with CoisCeim Dance Theatre, performing as a principal dancer in THE WOLF AND PETER (2017 Sydney Opera House), and in RTE’S 1916 CENTENARY performance at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, choreographed by David Bolger. His own choreographic work EMERSION (2016) was performed as part of OIL&WATER (2016), a collaboration with Cathy Coughlan (HAVOC), supported by The Arts Council and South Dublin County Council. Matt has programmed and delivered several international urban dance events bringing together dance communities, musicians and videographers. Most recently [2018], he directed/curated Dance2Connect, a 3 day Urban Dance Festival at The Civic Theatre, South Dublin. D2C recently received Arts Council funding for a second festival.

TOBI BALOGUN (25) is an African-Irish dance artist and fashion designer based in Dublin. Tobi was introduced to movement through social dances such as makossa and afro-beats, joining Dublin based crews Jam Masters, So Little Crew and Random Heroes in 2014. He is currently a member of Human Collective and Fly Dance Company. Most recently he performed with Joanna banks, Glenna Batson and Ailish Claffey as part of film installation RAW PORTRAITS for Rua Red Gallery. As part of Human Collective he has performed in TRANS-BORDER for the Launch of IN CONTEXT 4 FESTIVAL ’16 as well as OIL&WATER ‘16. As a new Irish voice in the ethical clothing movement Tobi reworks vintage streetwear to create bespoke pieces for specific events, as well as made to order designs for his own clothing line - SELF MADE.

LEON DWYER (21) was dancing from a young age at his mothers dance school, starting with ballet, and moving through a range of other dance styles. When he was 11 Leon joined his first hip hop class and continued into breakdance. He is now a full time Breakdance mentor/ performer and has his own hip hop school based in South Dublin. He competes regularly at an international level across Europe and has won numerous titles including; All Ireland Championships, 1st place - bboy Clash of Cultures, 1st place - Work in progress, among others. He has designed and delivered promotional dance work for brands such as Nike, J.D. Sports, Lifestyle Sports, Red Bull, Orchard Thieves, Bulmers, and L’Oriel.

CRISTIAN EMMANUEL DIROCIE (20) is a professional bboy (breakdancer) from
Dominican Republic. He started dancing as a teenager in a park close to home, with his
little brother Kevin Dirocie (aka Lil Cosmo). They started competing in events nationally
and internationally, eventually moving to Europe to gain a more varied experience of the
dance world. In 2017 he won 1st place at SOAR UK. In the last year he has done
promotional work for Bank of Ireland, Orchard Thieves, Bulmers, The Wright Venue and
Red Bull. Most recently Cristian was part of a performance with Human Collective for
Cruinniú na nÓg, supported by Dublin City Council in partnership with Dance Ireland.