Ireland | World Premiere. DDF Commission
(Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland )
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 U.S., Canada and Ireland in an exhilarating fusion of styles. Authentic and raw, this percussive dance piece explores the similarities and differences between the dancers and their distinct hard shoe styles. Anam celebrates the essence and spirit of these step dance traditions while injecting them with fresh energy to create something new.
Featuring dancers Matthew Olwell (Appalachian Flat Foot), Jonathan Kelliher (North Kerry “Munnix” style), Nathan Pilatzke (Ottawa Valley, Canada) and John Fitzgerald (Modern Irish). This uplifting new show will be performed to live music and song composed by acclaimed Irish musician Fergal Ó Murchú, Mikey Smith (pipes and tin whistle) and Joseph McNulty (bodhrán and guitar).
Concept: Jonathan Kelliher
Co-Directors: Jonathan Kelliher & Sue-Ellen Chester-MacCarthy
Performers: John Fitzgerald, Jonathan Kelliher, Matthew Olwell, Nathan Pilatzke