Uncover Fresh Perspectives And Ever-Changing Landscapes with Dublin Dance Festival’s 2022 Edition!

Posted May 10, 2022 in Arts & Culture Features

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Uncover fresh perspectives and ever-changing landscapes with Dublin Dance Festival’s 2022 Edition. Complex environments and contrasting views come together through dance performances that offer a lens to reflect, to question and to connect.

DDF2022 offers the chance to view the shifting world through the joy and optimism of dance.

A Call To You
Catherine Young Dance
Fri 20 & Sat 21 May, 7:30pm
Project Arts Centre
Tickets: €22 / €18

Featuring a cast of outstanding international performers and inspired by Ukrainian folk dance traditions, A Call To You is a call to come together; to explore the fragility and friction of community. The strength of the many. Live music directed by Young’s long-time collaborator Martin Schaerer blends percussion, guitar, cello and voice in a passionate celebration of life and dance. It offers an antidote to the imagery of war and the endless rhetoric of politics. As words fail, the body now speaks – untamed and unapologetic.

A Call To You by Catherine Young Dance © Lucca Truffarelli

Somewhere in the Body
Áine Stapleton
Wed 18 – Sat 21 May, 12pm – 6pm

Mon 23 – Sat 28 May, 12pm – 6pm

(every hour, on the hour)

Project Arts Centre
Tickets: €5

Movement, light, and sound weave together a distinctive narrative inspired by Finnegans Wake. Somewhere in the Body is a new film installation centred around Lucia Joyce – a talented visual artist, musician, and dancer, and daughter of celebrated Irish writer James Joyce. Combining exquisite performances by Katie Vickers and Colin Dunne, original light sculptures by German artist Pat Kramer, and a unique soundscape based on the Joyce family biography and Finnegans Wake, Somewhere in the Body reveals both the real and psychic spaces inhabited by Lucia and her father.

Street Pantone
Gilles Viandier
Sat 28 & Sun 29 May, 12:30pm & 4:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
FREE event, no booking required

In this vibrant outdoor performance, Gilles reveals with elegant and adventurous moves a response to the local environment. He envelops the surrounding structures and spaces with a brightly coloured monochrome veil made of 30 metres of lycra – at once delicate, strong, compact, expansive, and bold. Street Pantone invites us all to reconnect with the city; to reclaim its shared spaces through movement and our bodies.

Street Pantone by Gilles Viandier © Martí Albesa

Lia Rodrigues
Fri 20 & Sat 21 May, 7:30pm
Abbey Theatre
Tickets: €13 – €40

Dimly lit and moving in silence, 11 performers lay out a river of bold fabrics that flows across the stage. As the lights rise, the energy begins to vibrate and the dancers move to excerpts of songs of the Guarani people that call to recognise endangered ancestral territories. They shroud themselves in the fabric, becoming brightly patterned silhouettes, magical creatures and enchanted landscapes. Created in the context of the current health and environmental crisis, this work invites us to tame our fears, to return to a natural source of strength to rediscover the power of the collective.

Encantado by Lia Rodrigues © Sammi Landweer

Onai Tafuma | Jessie Thompson | Jessie O’Reilly
Fri 27 May, 4pm

Sat 28 May, 5:30pm

Sun 29 May, 12pm & 5:30pm
Wood Quay Amphitheatre
FREE event, no booking required

Wood Quay Amphitheatre is set to come alive and vibrate with pulsating rhythms and the fierce energy of three young female artists in this series of new choreographies commissioned by DDF and co-curated by Top 8’s Tobi Omoteso. Each work brings a unique movement language to the stage – sometimes lyrical, sometimes hard-hitting – but all serve up powerfully personal stories, with raw intensity and a passion that sweeps audiences up for an unforgettable dance experience.

Explore more and discover more exciting events in the DDF2020 Programme!

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