With a programme that includes breathtaking, awe-inspiring and thought-provoking dance from across the globe, this year’s Dublin Dance Festival, taking place from 1-19 May in venues across the city, has something to move everybody
The 15th Edition offers the chance to witness ground-breaking work by legendary dance artists; a space in which to contemplate the politics, environment and technology of our spinning world, and for every body to cut loose, party and DANCE.
In Ensemble, five performers ranging in age from 32 to 76 share a journey that lays bare their strengths, efforts and possibilities. Light and poignant in equal measure, this work by Aerowaves Twenty 19 artists Robbie Synge and Lucy Boyes from Scotland is a joyous physical expression of togetherness.
Inventions by Irish Modern Dance Theatre centres around two extraordinary women: Oona Doherty, one of Europe’s most gifted dance artists, and 84-year-old American dance legend Valda Setterfield. Inventions’ exceptional cast, including Merce Cunningham star Ashley Chen, Kevin Coquelard and Mufutau Yusuf, portrays two contrasting couples – one falling in love, the other falling into an abyss – in a thrillingly intense performance.
A free family event in Meeting House Square, Princesses Can Be Pirates by Mónica Muñoz Marín is a hilarious escapade for ages 4+ that turns stereotypes upside down, playfully questioning what “normal” behaviour is for girls and for boys.
Bounce Club Night, a club experience for adults with intellectual disabilities comes to Dublin for the first time. Bounce creates a fun, safe and accessible space for people of all abilities to socialise with their friends and dance the night away.
In addition to the full line up of performances, the DDF Extended programme offers audiences and communities a chance to dive in and experience more with workshops & master classes, works-in-development, dance on film, discussions and more.
To view the full Festival Programme and to book tickets, visit www.dublindancefestival.ie.