Dublin Dance Festival

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Country and Region IrelandDublin
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

Dublin Dance Festival
26 South Frederick Street
Dublin 2
Phone: (353) 1 679 0524
Fax: (353) 1-679-0525
Email: info@dancefestivalireland.ie

Festival Description

Inaugurated in 2002, the Dublin Dance Festival (formerly International Dance Festival Ireland) has become the premiere dance event on the Irish arts calendar. Previously a biennial, the festival became an annual event in 2007. The mission of Dublin Dance Festival is to present a high quality international dance festival that promotes the best of contemporary choreography and develops artists and audiences in Ireland.

Festival Dates May 20 - 31, 2014
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Festival Events:

Artist feature 2014:
  • Still Current, by choreographer Russell Maliphant
    • Still Current by Maliphant is a dynamic evening featuring three new works and two of Maliphant’s most iconic pieces and offers audiences an opportunity to see Maliphant perform. The ravishing new repertory, which premiered recently to critical acclaim, also showcases the outstanding skill of Maliphant’s remarkable company of dancers, including the exceptional, award-winning Thomasin Gülgeç, who brings his fluid agility and grace to this daring new choreography; Dickson Mbi, famed for his powerful muscularity and incredible popping style; and Carys Staton, who captivates audiences with her energetic elegance and delicate strength. This strikingly beautiful programme also includes the award-winning Afterlight (Part One), inspired by the great Russian ballet dancer Nijinksy, and the dazzling solo Two, which has toured the world to rave reviews. The pieces feature elements of contemporary dance, ballet and martial arts and eclectic music compositions by Eric Satie amongst others. Lighting design is by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, the award-winning Michael Hulls. Russell Maliphant will be in Dublin and will perform with his company on the Abbey stage. As one of the world’s leading dance creators, he is an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells, and has worked with DV8, the BalletBoyz, Robert Lepage and internationally acclaimed dancer, Sylvie Guillem.
  • bodies in urban spaces, by Cie. Willi Dorner
    • The festival is also delighted to be bringing bodies in urban spaces by Austrian Cie. Willi Dorner to Dublin. A captivating celebration of our cityscape, this unique urban trail will feature 20 locally recruited performers creating a chain of colourful and unexpected installations through the city. Live body sculptures are set up quickly and exist fleetingly along a specially chosen route, before the acrobatic performers disengage themselves and move on. This is an opportunity to witness both daring choreography and outstanding displays of physical strength and skill, and to discover new and imaginative possibilities of well known spaces and architecture – on the run!


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Podcast Interviews:
  • Dance: Merce Cunningham’s ‘Biped’ and ‘Summerspace’
    • The world’s greatest living choreographer, 83-year-old Merce Cunningham opened the first ever International Dance Festival Ireland with performances of Biped and Summerspace at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. (RTE Television, May 14, 2002)


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Aracaladanza “Clouds”, Photo Credit Eduardo Garcia
    • Divya Kasturi “NowHere”, Photo Credit Simon Richardson
    • Junk Ensemble “The Falling Song”, Photo Credit Fionn McCann
    • Liz Roche “Body and Forgetting”, Photo Credit Fionn McCann
    • Jenny Ecke and Dylan Quinn from Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre, Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
    • Jenny Ecke and Dylan Quinn from Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre, Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
    • Trisha Brown Dance Company “Set and Reset”, Photo Credit Julieta Cervantes
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