Dubliners have been spoilt for choice at this year’s Dublin Dance Festival which has already seen two weeks of dance taking place at venues across the city. Artists from Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, South Africa, the UK and USA have wowed audiences with everything from exquisite ballet and high-energy street dance to poignant and provocative contemporary works and even dancing artificial intelligence.
The Festival continues this week all the way through to Sun 20 May as artists from Spain, Lebanon, Ireland and Northern Ireland take to the Abbey Stage and Project Arts Centre, as well as The Ark and DanceHouse.
The week’s performances get off to an explosive start with the hotly anticipated flamenco spectacle, Catedral by Spanish star Patricia Guerrero. With fierce flamenco dance, live music and song, the Abbey Stage will be transformed into sacred, spiritually charged space.
The Abbey Theatre will also be host to Northern Ireland’s Oona Doherty who has teamed up with renowned DJ and composer, David Holmes to present a captivating reflection on their home town in Hard To Be Soft – A Belfast Prayer. This 4-part work features a unique cast including nine Hip-Hop dancers from Belfast’s Ajendance Youth Dance Company.
As the 8th Amendment remains the main topic of debate and discussion in Ireland, Liz Roche Company will showcase an extended version of their work, WRoNGHEADED which confronts the stark realities of women’s rights and freedom of choice in Ireland today. The piece ultimately offers the audience refuge of the debate, and a space to consider the issues from a new perspective.
To close the 2018 Festival, Ali Chahrour shares his striking work Leila’s Death at Project Arts Centre, delving into the fading tradition of professional Shiite mourners. Joining Chahrour and live musicians on stage is Leila, a mourner who uses song to give voice to sadness and loss, transforming a funeral into a grand and joyful event.
This week also sees new works-in-development by Ireland-based artists being showcased in First Looks, an initiative of Dublin Dance Festival and Culture Ireland.
To find out more and to see the full Festival line-up, visit www.dublindancefestival.ie