Culture Night 2019 with Dance Ireland

Fri 20 Sep 2019
16:00 - 20:00
Please Note:
No booking required

Dance with Us!!

Dance Ireland is a professional dance organisation home to professional dance artists and companies as well as evening classes, open to all who love to dance.

On this special occasion our doors are open to all to see our professional dance studios and enjoy all the dance workshops and performances taking place.

Little Lion Dance Theatre invite you to experience an open rehearsal of their newly produced dance theatre show entitled A-do-leTA! 
With live music and lots of dance, A-do-le-TA! is a dance theatre piece that joyously explores friendship and play for children aged 3 – 6.
…and there is more! After the performance children and parents/carers are welcome to stay and play/dance together with A-do-leTA!’s performers and choreographer Selma Daniel.

Selma Daniel is a choreographer and a dancer originally from Brazil now living in Kildare. She was awarded an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. With support from Fingal County Council in 2014, she completed the first round of research for this work. This has led to developing a dance theatre show informed by the importance of free play during early childhood, something Selma strongly believes in as a parent and arts practitioner. In this phase of the production, Selma is working closely with a set-designer and puppeteer and the relationship between the dancer, the props and performance.  

Duration: Approx 1 hour

The dynamic acrobatic-duo which forms Cikada Circus (Ali Stanger & Henrik Gard) will amaze audiences as they perform incredible feats full of skill, thoughtful and humours display of rich imagery and dynamic riveting movement!
Ali (UK) & Henrik (Sweden) are a hand to hand duo based out of Ireland. They began working together in May 2017 after both separately landing a job with Irish company Tumble Circus, and since then have been working as an acro-duo. They created their first show ‘Cikada’ at the beginning of 2018 which was nominated for the Judges’ Choice Award, ‘Best Duo,’ Dublin Fringe Festival 2018.

Ali, originally an artistic gymnast, graduated from the National Centre for Circus Arts in 2014, then co-created ‘Les Femmes’ circus show which toured National and International Festivals.

Henrik was chosen for NEST (New Emerging Street Talents) programme 2015, in association with ISACS and Waterford Spraoi, where he developed his solo show “Shipwrecked.” The show toured to international street arts festivals. He also created a site specific sailing circus show ‘Way of the Coconut’ for Dublin Fringe Festival 2015.

Suitable for all ages. Duration: Approx 35 mins


6.15pm: her minutes  
In Kate Haughton's latest work we learn how each individual's perception of time passing varies within live performance. We follow one performer as she is given the task of the estimating the 9-minute duration of the piece - she decides when it begins, she decides when it ends . Both the presence of another performer  and the soundscape provide physical and emotional distractions from her task - she has no idea what the performer will do, and has never heard the sound before. The audience are given the opportunity to see the time passing, where as the performer must rely on her own perceptions in the heightened state of performance. 

Performers: Vera Stierli, Rebecca Lee

Concept/Direction: Kate Haughton

7pm: LUMEN 
Swedish choreographer Maria Nilsson Waller join forces with Irish electronic band THE SEI in a bold and beautiful environmental dance piece with a sci-fi twist.
Lumen exists in the borderland. Between music and dance, human body and machine, between evening and morning.

Inspired by 70´s and 80´s sci-fi, botany and plants, insects, metamorphosis and flight, Lumen is an immersive piece of live performance. With sound, light, movement and voice it creates a space that vibrates, shivers, thunders, glitters and glows. As if earth was speaking to you. Asking you to remember, to go back to childlike, to nature, to dreaming. 

If we could grant humanity two gifts at this age it would be attention and discernment. Without them there will be no love. And with out love we cannot save the planet. Or ourselves. 

Our eyes are slowly opening. 

LUMEN is the second piece for stage under Flora Fauna Project. (Premiere November 2019.) 
Flora Fauna Project is a series of performances, talks and workshops exploring our relation to nature and environment, natural intelligence, evolution, metamorphoses, gender and sexuality, community and social dreaming. 

“Flora Fauna - a visual force of nature without pointing the finger"
“A futuristic disco with dystopic features" - Länstidningen, Sara Strömberg

Choreography: Maria Nilsson Waller
Performance, Sound and Visual Design: Maria Nilsson Waller and Stace Gill
Video: Stace Gill 

This is a durational piece so audiences are welcome to drop in and out of the studio throughout. Suitable for all ages. Duration: Approx 1 hour in total (3 x 20 min sections).

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Swedish choreographer Maria Nilsson Waller (@nilssonwaller) has presented work in Ireland for the last 10 years: Merry.Go.Round, Blanca, Last Land and Prime for Dublin Dance Festival, Project Arts Centre, and on Irish tours through Dance Limerick and Firkin Crane. In 2015 she choreographed the professional soccer team ÖFK (Swedish premiere league) in a unique and much noticed version of Swan Lake. With work described as pure emotion, mesmerising and profound again and again she draws our attention to our relationship to nature and the environment, examining the borders between the known and unknown, science versus faith and mythology. She was elected Hoffnungsträgerin 2015 by Tanzmagazin, and was a Dance Ireland Associate Artist 2013/2014. 

Electronica group THE SEI (@storyofthesei) (formerly known as OCHO) is comprised of Irish singer/composer/writer Stace Gill with production by Ross Dowling aka DOS (Talos, James Vincent McMorrow). With a distinctive sound and presence that has been compared to Imogen Heap, Portishead and Bat For Lashes, their latest release ‘Metroma’ on Paragon Records is gaining the attention of respected critics from various blogs and fans in places as diverse as Japan, Australia, the USA and Ireland.

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