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12 February 2016 The Leitrim Equation Leitrim County Council
2 - 5 March 2016 The Hostage DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama
17 - 19 May 2016 Planites Patricia Apergi/Aerites Dance Company (Dublin Dance Festival)
23 - 25 May 2016 Anam Siamsa Tire (Dublin Dance Festival)

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The Leitrim Equation

Date:

Friday 12 February 2016 at 8pm

Company:

Leitrim County Council Arts Office

Details:

The Leitrim Equation production looks to the long tradition of Leitrim music to trace a wider history full of colour, of love and loss, and of leaving and coming back. From the hills of Si Beag and Si Mor to the pits of the Arigna mines, the show describes how landscape shapes us, how we live and learn, and find beauty in the smallest of things.
The show is the culmination of a residency in Leitrim over the last 18 months by musicians Eleanor Shanley, Dave Sheridan, Padraig McGovern and John McCartin who have been researching and sourcing Leitrim music and song, and together with Donal Lunny now present beautiful arrangements of these tunes, some of which have not been played for over 200 years. The cast is completed by Leitrim poet, playwright and broadcaster Vincent Woods and the captivating footwork of Sean Nos dancer Edwina Guckian. With lighting design by Michael Cummins, the show also incorporates film produced by Johnny Gogan of Bandit Films.

A strong narrative arc lit by music. It's tight, enthralling, different, and the audience loves it.  - Deirdre Cronin

I loved the show. The music was superb, the dancing was superb, the film/visuals were beautiful, but the surprise was how brilliantly the poetry glued everything together. So simple but right on the nail. - Stuart Ongley, SGO Music

Duration: 120 minutes (incl 15 min interval)

Tickets:

All tickets: Euro 20

Booking:

Click here to make an advance booking for this show. The Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office (01 - 896 2461) will be open from 4pm on the day of performance for the sale of any remaining tickets. Advance booking strongly recommended.

For Box Office enquiries, please contact Francis Thackaberry, General Manager, at fthackab@tcd.ie

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The Hostage

Dates:

Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5 March 2016 at 7.30pm; matinee Saturday 5 March at 2pm

Playwright:

Brendan Behan

Company:

Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama, featuring drama students of the DIT BA in Drama (Performance)

Director:

Susie Kennedy

Details:

The Hostage, written by Brendan Behan in the mid-twentieth century, has proved itself to be a touchstone for contemporary theatre. It is a love story embedded in a political thriller, a comic tragedy ... a tragic comedy.

A young British soldier is taken hostage by the IRA and held in a Dublin brothel. The hullabaloo of the brothel, the singing, dancing and carrying on provides the context for this deeply provocative debate around republicanism, nationalism, and (in the end) the meaning of life itself.

The graduating student actors of DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama are proud to present this energetic, thought-provoking play in an ensemble production, showcasing their many talents and skills as actors and theatre practitioners.

Tickets:

Euro 15/12 conc

Preview (2 March) and Saturday matinee: all tickets Euro 12

Booking:

Click here to book online. Tickets booked online will be held for collection from the Box Office from one hour before the performance time. If booking concession-priced tickets, please bring proof of status (student/unwaged/pensioner) when collecting your tickets. Please bring a printed copy of your confirmation e-mail when collecting your tickets.

For Box Office enquiries, please contact Francis Thackaberry, General Manager, at fthackab@tcd.ie

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Dublin Dance Festival presents

Planites

Dates:

Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 May 2016 at 7.30pm

Company:

Patricia Apergi/Aerites Dance Company (Greece)

Details:

Dublin Dance Festival opens with an intensely physical, urban fusion piece for five male performers by Greek choreographer, Patricia Apergi. Five bodies of the time, necessarily political.
Apergi's Planites are the migrants who, like planets, are forever on the move. They navigate the city streets, bringing with them their stories, experiences and hopes. While creating this production, Apergi soaked up flamenco in Barcelona, traditional step dance in Dublin, and Arabic and African moves in France. The result is an interplay between these diverse traditions and her own choreography, which is inspired by street culture and actions related to protest.
This high energy piece deals with the foreigner, the immigrant, the person who travels whether by choice or by force. An Irish premiere, Planites is a compelling mix of dynamic movement and sharp humour.

loose-limbed precision, edgy energy and punchy accents ... an assured, original piece of work. Time Out

Duration: 60 minutes (no interval)

Tickets:

Euro 25/20 conc

Booking:

Follow this link to make advance bookings for Planites at the Dublin Dance Festival Box Office.

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Dublin Dance Festival presents

Anam

Dates:

Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 May 2016 at 7.30pm

Company:

Siamsa Tire, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland (Ireland)

Details:

Co-commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival and The National Folk Theatre of Ireland, Anam (meaning ‘soul’) brings together the skills of world-class step dancers from the US, Canada and Ireland in an exhilarating fusion of styles.
Authentic and raw, this percussive dance piece explores the similarities and differences between the dancers, each with their own distinct hard shoe style. Anam attests to the tradition of ‘passing on’; celebrating the dance’s essential spirit, yet injecting it with fresh energy to create something new.
Performed with live music and song by acclaimed musician Fergal O Murchu.
Featuring dancers Matthew Olwell (Appalachian Flat Foot), Jonathan Kelliher (North Kerry “Munnix”), Nathan Pilatzke (Ottawa Valley, Canada) and John Fitzgerald (Modern Irish).

brave and illuminating ... good-humoured and moving - Irish Theatre Magazine on What The Folk

Duration: 65 minutes (no interval)

Tickets:

Euro 25/20 conc

Booking:

Follow this link to make advance bookings for Anam at the Dublin Dance Festival Box Office.

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Last updated 8 February 2016 by Francis Thackaberry (Email).