Claim Your Space, Find Your Movement at Dublin Dance Festival 2022!

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Dublin Dance Festival’s 2022 Edition will welcome a diverse programme featuring emerging and established artists from Ireland and across the globe. With an array of events to suit everyone, DDF2022 will engage young audiences, challenge stereotypes, and invite you to find your own groove.

Claim your space, find your movement. Discover dance that connects us, and movement that celebrates different backgrounds, ages and identities. This is your time to move and be moved.

any attempt will end in crush bodies and shattered bones
Jan Martens / GRIP & Dance On Ensemble
Fri 27 & Sat 28 May, 7:30pm
Abbey Theatre
Tickets: €13 – €40

“Each dancer seems to represent an individual planet, with its own rules and movement language, yet all are part of the same galaxy, forming a collective movement.”– Movement Exposed.

A seventeen-strong, atypical dance ensemble ranging in age from 17 – 70 takes to the Abbey Stage in any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones. Each individual seeks out their own voice to a soundtrack full of protest songs from different eras, with pieces from Henryk Górecki to Kae Tempest. The title comes from a quote by Chinese President Xi Jinping in relation to the right to protest, and the performance is a celebration of the fundamental right to freedom of speech and the unique power that lies in being out of step.

Any Attempt… by Jan Martens & Dance On Ensemble © Phile Deprez

Silvlia Gribaudi
Fri 27 & Sat 28 May, 7:30pm
Project Arts Centre
Tickets: €22 / €18

For more than a decade, Italian choreographer Silvia Gribaudi has been questioning gender stereotypes and blending the boundaries of dance theatre and performing arts. She will bring her generous humour and radical empathy to the Project Arts Centre stage in Graces, as she elevates ideas of human imperfections to an artform, going well beyond the expected or the cliché. With wit, joy and tenderness, the three male performers together with Gribaudi search for new meanings of the word ‘grace.’ This work, inspired by mythology and The Three Graces – a sculpture representing Zeus’ daughters, was described by Movement Exposed as “an homage to the poetic powers of imperfection.” Graces reveals a vital and welcome core of humanity with warmth and lightness.

Club Origami
Takeshi Matsumoto
Tues 24 & Wed 25 May, 10:30am & 2pm
The Ark
Tickets: €15 full price / €12.50 conc.
A dance work for children aged 5 and under

Rip, fold and scrumple! Dance, fashion and live music meet the magic of origami to take us on an inspiring adventure for young audiences. Club Origami invites young audiences to create, imagine and explore new ways of thinking, playing and moving. Creator Takeshi Matsumoto uses his background as an inclusive dance artist, performer and choreographer to immerse young audiences in a magical world of interactive dance. “This imaginative stage show is ripping fun for under-fives, who will be mesmerised by the paper birds and monsters,” says The Guardian.

Club Origami by Takeshi Matsumoto © Summer Dean

Dances Like a Bomb
Junk Ensemble
Wed 25 & Thurs 26 May, 7:30pm
Project Arts Centre
Tickets: €22 / €18

Multi-award-winning dance innovators Junk Ensemble celebrate the strength and beauty of mature bodies and challenge the cult of youth in this new work performed by acclaimed actor Mikel Murfi and leading Irish dance artist Finola Cronin (former Pina Bausch company). The performers are heroic, vulnerable, comedic, acerbic, and completely themselves. They care fiercely for each other and defend their independence. As they move, interact and connect, the universality of ageing and the ‘performance’ of age is unpacked, alongside the limits of love and care. Blending visceral imagery, dance, text and music, Dances Like a Bomb is a reclaiming of the ageing body.

Dances Like A Bomb by Junk Ensemble © Fionn McCann

The Shake
Laura Murphy
Sat 28 & Sun 29 May, 2pm & 4pm
Wood Quay Amphitheatre
Tickets: €5

The Shake is an immersive participatory performance that connects you to your inner dancing diva, your shaking goddess, your caveman club. Whatever your preference, join us on a journey to a world where movers are united in a celebration of dance. The Shake brings people together… to move, to dance, to vibrate. Whether ancient mysticism or the latest dance meme is your thing, The Shake will resonate with you. Part dance class, part concert, part hooley, we’re here to move on up and shake it out. Guided by four performers, you can move at your own pace and choose the gear that suits you best, whether that’s mellow, moderate or wild. Or do your own thing – originals are welcome!

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