Trisha Brown Dance Company (photo by Julieta Cervantes)
The 2012 Dublin Dance Festival aims to bring the different flavours of European dance music to Ireland and Irish dance in a fortnight of contemporary dance. The focus of the festival is a three-day gala performance of works by the Trisha Brown Dance Company in association with the Abbey Theatre: an Irish premiere perfomance featuring five sets, combining classical dance techniques with contemporary aesthetics, with a score by Laurie Anderson and visuals by Robert Rauschenberg. Opening the festival is another premiere, of Body And Forgetting and The Wake, the latter of which bring two Irish traditional musicians on stage alongside perfomers from The Royal Ballet.
A midweek triple bill of short works by Mette Edvardsen, Liv O’Donoghue and Howool Baek will bring smaller scale works to the Project Arts Centre on 15 and 16 May. O’Donoghue’s Prompted Breathless piece, which transforms the visceral memories of its four dancers into movement, features an electroacoustic score by Irish composer Benedict Schlepper-Connolly which itself interweaves movement and texture into one. Alan Gilsenan’s The Burning House: An Elegy for Patrick Pearse on 19 and 20 May at The Lír is a collaboration with traditional Irish musician Martin Hayes, and will feature a live performance by Iarla Ó Lionaird, Dennis Cahill, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Hayes.
Published on 10 May 2012