Prepare for local challengers, international superstars and breathtaking talent as the 15th Dublin Dance Festival opens this week and runs from 1-19 May in venues throughout the city.
The full festival programme that includes sensational Irish and international performances offers audiences a chance to consider different views on The Shifting World with this edit of compelling, unique and provocative shows.
The smash hit sensation RIOT from THISISPOPBABY comes home to Dublin for the first time since its sell-out international tour to open the 15th Festival with a bang at Vicar Street. Uniting the hottest stars of Irish stage and screen, this disorderly cocktail of bangin’ jigs, mind-blowing moves, jaw-droppingly sexy circus and gut-punching spoken word will leave audiences dazzled, dizzy and ready to change the world.
AFTER by Liv O’Donoghue dives head first into the unknown when the world as we know it has ended. Dark but shot with humour, AFTER uses film, physicality and performance to explore our fear of endings, and was one of the hits of the 2018 Dublin Fringe Festival.
A piece for drones and dancers, Phoenix by Eric Minh Cuong Castaing is a collaboration between French and Palestinian artists that starts playfully, as drones on stage interact with three performers. Then a live connection is made via Skype with artists in Gaza who live with the constant threat and roar of drones. They share their dances and experiences with us – their artform, an act of resistance.
As always, DDF 2019 is offering an excellent programme of events for younger audiences, including a gorgeous, playful, multicultural adventure for ages 7+, W.A.M. We Are Monchichi by Company Wang Ramirez. Presented by Dublin Dance Festival and The Ark at the O’Reilly Theatre, the two performers mix storytelling, hip-hop, classical and contemporary dance, as they playfully search for harmony in today’s multicultural world.
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.