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4 - 6 April 2017 Big Love Department of Drama, TCD
10 & 11 April 2017 How I Helped End Communism Trinity Week, TCD
5 - 6 May 2017 Snow White Irish National Youth Ballet
19 - 28 May 2017

Dublin Dance Festival at the Beckett

Elvedon - Christos Papadopoulos/Leon & the Wolf (19 & 20 May)

merry.go.round - Maria Nilsson Waller & Co. (23 & 24 May)

Extraterrestrial Events - Company Philip Connaughton (27 & 28 May)

Dublin Dance Festival

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Big Love

Dates:

Tues 4 to Thurs 6 April 2017 at 7.30pm

Playwright:

Charles Mee

Company:

Sugarglass Theatre Company/the Department of Drama, Trinity College Dublin

Details:

For three nights only, Sugarglass Theatre in partnership with the Department of Drama, TCD, will present Big Love by Charles Mee, an ensemble production created by the second-year students of the BA in Drama and Theatre Studies course at Trinity College Dublin.

Big: 1. Of considerable size or extent; 2. Of considerable importance or seriousness.

Love: 1. A strong feeling of affection; 2. A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences under which they incurred the disorder.

Based on Aeschylus's ancient play The Suppliants, Big Love begins its journey of postmodern inquiry at the gates of a luxurious Italian mansion. Caught between a group of stubbornly independent sisters and their aggressively determined male cousins, Piero must decide whether to grant the women asylum, or to prioritise the security of his own home and family.

50 sisters in exodus. 50 brothers in pursuit. Will it be a wedding, or a war?

Euro 10, 5 conc

Booking:

Full-priced tickets may be booked online here. Tickets, including concession-priced tickets, will also be available on the door from 6.30pm on days of performance.

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How I Helped End Communism (and Save Democracy for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin)

Dates:

Mon 10 & Tues 11 April 2017 at 7.30pm

Details:

It is 2016, and best friends Avery and Jason meet on the anniversary of their trip to Poland in 1989, when they accidentally struck a major blow against the Communist Regime. In those days they were like any two twenty-one year old chancers and their main goal while at Uni is to take every free trip imaginable. After coming second at the World Debating Championships (which they managed to qualify for solely for the trip to New York), they were invited to teach debate, free speech and democracy ... in Poland ... behind the Iron Curtain. Thinking it would be another great adventure, they went, only to see the squalor and deprivation of Communism in its final days. As they learned about life under repression from their Polish students, Jason fell in love and began to realize that he had a duty to speak out, even if that meant upsetting his KGB handlers and putting his liberty at risk. But looking at what is happening around the world in the present day - the rise of Putin's power, the election of Donald Trump - they wonder if what they did had any lasting meaning ...

A rehearsed reading of the hit show from the award-winning Lowry Studio.

Tickets:

Euro 5, Euro 2 concession (student, unwaged)

Booking:

No advance booking - tickets available on the door only.

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Snow White

Before the Bell Rings

String Variations

 

Dates:

Fri 5 & Sat 6 May 2017 at 7.30pm; Sat 6 May 2.30pm matinee

Company:

Irish National Youth Ballet, with the Orchestra of the INYB

Choreography:

Stephen Brennan, Kilian O'Callaghan and Sarah Thornton

Details:

2017 marks the 21st Anniversary of Irish National Youth Ballet. To celebrate this milestone, INYB will perform Snow White, String Variations and Before the Bell Rings.

All ballets will be performed with the orchestra of INYB, conductor Brian Dungan. The programme promises to enthral and delight all theatre and music lovers. Don't miss this spectacular production.

Tickets:

Evening: Euro 22, 16 conc

Matinee (6 May): Euro 18, 14 conc

Reductions available for groups of 10 or more - contact Francis Thackaberry, General Manager, at fthackab@tcd.ie to make group bookings

Booking:

In advance, tickets may only be booked online. Tickets may also be available at the Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office (01 - 896 2461) from 4pm on 5 May and from 12.00 noon on 6 May. For group bookings, contact Francis Thackaberry, General Manager, at fthackab@tcd.ie

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Dublin Dance Festival at the Beckett

Elvedon

Dates:

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 May 2017 at 7.30pm; post-show talk - 20 May

Company:

Christos Papadopoulos/Leon & the Wolf

Choreograper:

Christos Papadopoulos

Details:

Upon birth, life is set into motion. We become part of a world of constant change, as infinite as time and as unstoppable as the ocean. Inspired by Virginia Woolf's novel The Waves, the concept of eternal flow is at the core of Elvedon by Greek choreographer Christos Papadopoulos.
Six bodies move together to an incessant thrumming beat. Driven forward by a vital, rhythmic pulse, they share a common path. Using repetition and vibrating micro-movements the dancers form subtle, ever-shifting patterns. Gradually they build towards a solid but fluid collective motion of hypnotic beauty.
Papadopoulos's work embraces simplicity and minimalism, allowing the audience the freedom to draw their own conclusions. Set to an immersive soundtrack, Elvedon is an essential and absorbing meditation on the passing of time.

Performers: Maria Bregianni, Epaminondas Damopoulos, Konstantina Gogoulou, Chara Kotsali, Charalampos Kousios, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou

Duration: 50 mins (no interval)

Tickets:

Euro 22/18 conc.

Booking:

Advance booking should be made online at Dublin Dance Festival or by phone at the Festival Box Office 01 - 679 8658.

The Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office (01 - 896 2461) will be open from 3pm on days of performance for enquiries and for the sale of any remaining tickets.

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Dublin Dance Festival at the Beckett

merry.go.round

Dates:

Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 May 2017 at 7.30pm; post-show talk - 24 May

Company:

Maria Nilsson Waller & Co.

Choreograper:

Maria Nilsson Waller

Details:

In her new piece Maria Nilsson Waller looks beyond our world into the great, vast blackness of the cosmos in order to examine our most human of concerns: the search for true love.
In this other-worldly realm of celestial bodies five characters orbit each other. Some are destined to converge, others to split apart. All long for authentic connections in a world where every man is an island.
Rebel Swedish jazz band Je Suis!, NASA recordings of the solar system and iconic opera music all feature as part of the eclectic soundtrack. Strange yet familiar, with a touch of cinematic sci-fi, merry.go.round is never the same twice.

Performers: Elin Hedin, David Nondorf, Marcia Liu, Justine Cooper, Mikel Aristegui

Duration: 50 mins (no interval)

Tickets:

Euro 22/18 conc.

Booking:

Advance booking should be made online at Dublin Dance Festival or by phone at the Festival Box Office 01 - 679 8658.

The Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office (01 - 896 2461) will be open from 3pm on days of performance for enquiries and for the sale of any remaining tickets.

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Dublin Dance Festival at the Beckett

Extraterrestrial Events

Dates:

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May 2017 at 7.30pm; post-show talk - 27 May

Company:

Company Philip Connaughton

Choreograper:

Philip Connaughton

Details:

The truth is out there ... or is it? In a spectacular new dance piece, that's also an opera, Philip Connaughton sets out to uncover Extraterrestrial Events. From the team behind the award-winning Tardigrade, Connaughton is joined by four incredible dancers, composer Michael Gallen and world-renowned soprano Kim Sheehan.
This ambitious show is inspired by real UFO sighting reports made to GEIPAN, a unit of the French Space Agency investigating unidentified aerospace phenomena. One thing the events they record have in common: doubt. Did they really happen? Do we want to know? Exploring denial, truth and fear of change, Extraterrestrial Events is a multi-sensory experience that is truly out of this world.

Performers: Zoe Bernabeu, Philip Connaughton, Kevin Coquelard, Michael Gallen, Lucia Kickham, Ryan O'Neill, Kim Sheehan

Note: Contains surtitles

Duration: 60 mins (no interval)

Tickets:

Euro 22/18 conc.

Booking:

Advance booking should be made online at Dublin Dance Festival or by phone at the Festival Box Office 01 - 679 8658.

The Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office (01 - 896 2461) will be open from 3pm on days of performance for enquiries and for the sale of any remaining tickets.

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Last updated 30 March 2017 by Francis Thackaberry (Email).