30 April - 19 May 2019

There are lots of ways to get involved in the Festival and learn more about dance, with our programme of projects, discussion and events both during and outside the Festival dates.


Liz Roche Company

DDF Company in Residence 2017 - 2019

In its second year in residence, Liz Roche Company will continue exploring new ways of researching, making, experiencing and presenting dance.

The company’s Ideas Interchange event will develop further this year, as will the Active Audience initiative in association with the Civic Theatre, Dublin Dance Festival and Tallaght Community Arts.

Wrongheaded was performed at Dublin Dance Festival in May 2018 and will tour nationally and to Edinburgh Fringe. The company will also present a new site-specific commission for the Goethe-Institut. Then, as part of One Here Now: The Brian O’Doherty / Patrick Ireland Project with Sirius Arts Centre Cobh, a site-specific work, Pilgrimage, will be presented for Cork Midsummer Festival and a major new work, I/Thou, will be commissioned, co-produced and presented by Cork Opera House.

Colin Dunne & Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Dublin Dance Festival welcomes this initiative which brings together two major and undeniable international talents. Irish-based Colin Dunne has achieved more than most in the world of Irish dance, staging a dialogue with his own history and the history of the artform.

Morocco/Belgium-based Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is celebrated as one of the most original and ambitious artists working in contemporary dance today.

They have been dreaming about working together for more than ten years. May 2019 will see the culmination of a two-year collaboration catalysed by Dublin Dance Festival between the two artists, with the Irish premiere of a new joint work.


Open Studio


Dublin Dance Festival in association with the Abbey Theatre, Live Collision and The Ark.

The first Open Studio lab took place at the Abbey Theatre, in the Peacock, from 18-21 April. Open Studio is a creative lab exploring performance, connectivity and young people. It brings together a range of perspectives and methodologies around connecting to younger audiences and participants through dance, performance and live art.

Young people and artists from diverse backgrounds came together for four days of workshops, seminars and scratch events exploring the potential of future programmes, including work co-curated by young people for young people.

This user-driven process, with participation from Collapsing Horse Theatre, The Ark, DYDC, The Autonomy Project, Limerick and Dublin Fringe Young Radicals, explored the potential of digital platforms within performance, children and risk-based practice, and youth and gender activism.

Learnings were shared in an open forum round table discussion for programmers, producers, venues and young people who are already involved or interested in this area.

DDF is committed to continuing to expand programmes for young people as audience members and makers.


Fast Track to Dance


Our 6th successful Fast Track programme took place at the 2018 Festival, presented in collaboration with Live Collision.

16 people participated in this year’s programme, which was designed for people who have not been exposed to much dance but are curious to explore what it’s all about. It ran over 3 days, giving participants the opportunity to see 5 performances, meet with Festival artists and the DDF team, and discuss their experiences through group sessions facilitated by the Live Collision.

DDF offered 3 sponsored places on the programme, including 2 places to ISACS members (as part of their DELVE scheme) and 1 place to an emerging dance writer.

We’re looking forward to keeping in touch with our growing Fast Track alumni and to planning next year’s programme!

Theatre Forum

Developing Audiences

In partnership with Theatre Forum

At DDF2018, DDF was delighted to partner with Theatre Forum for the second year on this initiative to support venue managers in developing audiences. During the Festival, this one-day programme for venue managers looked at growing audiences, especially for dance, in their venues and networks.

In a facilitated group session at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, they shared insights on developing audiences and some of their programming and marketing successes. They also attended a performance of English National Ballet in Akram Khan’s Giselle.

The Book and The Body

Junk Ensemble

In association with University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway, Dance Ireland and Live Collision

Junk Ensemble presented two symposia in April 2018 arising from their new piece Dolores, a DDF Commission that premiered at DDF2018, which was inspired by Vladimir Nabokov’s disturbing novel Lolita.

These two complementary events at National University of Ireland Galway and University College Dublin focused on the representation and misrepresentation of the body within literature and performance.

Themes including gender & performance, sexuality & abuse, and trauma & memory were explored via a programme of master classes, open rehearsals, lectures and discussions with a host of artists, academics and international keynote speakers.