DDF News — 1 May 2015

DANCING IN THE STREETS AT DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL THIS MAY

DANCING IN THE STREETS AT DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL THIS MAY

Dance will be everywhere in Dublin in May, and not only on our stages. There’ll be everything from high octane hip hop in Smithfield Square, to a world renowned contemporary dancer performing a solo on Bray Promenade, a 12 hour dance marathon on Henry Street and 80 young dancers creating a spectacular moment in Grand Canal Square. These are the highlights of an exciting lineup of free outdoor dance performances throughout Dublin as part of the 2015 Dublin Dance Festival taking place from May 19-30. All of these events are free and no tickets are needed.

RENEGADE: CONNECT

RENEGADE/ LA MACANA/ COMPANY B

Sat 23 May - 1pm & 4pm / Sun 24 May - 4pm, Smithfield Square

Featuring outstanding contemporary and hip hop talent from Germany and Ireland.

Dancers from top German hip hop company Renegade lead an open B-Boy Jam with DJ Dragon, featuring All Ireland Hip Hop Champion Tobi Omoteso and members of Dublin’s Raw Edge Crew. Renegade dancers Alexis Fernández and Julio César Iglesias will deliver the powerful urban rhythms of Drown The Road, while Fernández also partners with Caterina Verla (La Macana) for their international smash hit, Ven. Plus a short performance by Company B, Dublin’s all male youth dance group.

Supported by Dublin City Council and the Goethe-Institut Irland.

(SWEET) (BITTER)

ZOO/THOMAS HAUERT

Thurs 28 May – 1.30pm & 4pm, Band Stand, Bray Promenade

Sat 30 May – 2pm & 4pm, Amphitheatre, Civic Offices, Wood Quay

Swiss/Belgian choreographer and dancer Thomas Hauert’s acclaimed work has a strong relationship with music. His new solo, a response to Monteverdi’s Si dolce e’l tormento, a musical poem of impossible love, will be performed at 2 outdoor locations during the Festival, in addition to his Project Arts Centre performances

Supported by Wallonie Bruxelles and the Swiss Arts Council

LINEAR FLOW

DUBLIN YOUTH DANCE COMPANY

Sat 30 May - 1pm & 5pm, Grand Canal Square

80 young dancers offer a fresh, vibrant and daring new perspective on the Grand Canal area. There’ll be contemporary, jazz, hip hop and break dancing with live drummers and classical musicians in a trail of multiple dance performances all flowing towards Grand Canal Square. Here, all 80 dancers will merge in a finale against the backdrop of Grand Canal Dock. The event will be led by choreographers Mariam Ribón and Karla Holden.

Click here to see 2 min clip of rehearsals.

DANCE MARATHON. BODIES THAT CAN NEVER TIRE

Presented by Dublin2020, International Literature Festival Dublin & Dublin Dance Festival.

Thurs 21 May 8am – 8pm, Henry Street, Dublin 1

Fundraising proceeds to Temple St Children’s Hospital.

Bodies The Can Never Tire is an all day dance marathon taking place on Henry Street. Part of Dublin’s bid to be European Capital of Culture 2020 this event extends an invitation to Dublin’s dancers to mix contemporary, hip-hop, ballet, tap, jazz (and everything in between) in an exuberant celebration of movement, creativity and dance. All dance groups, amateur or professional, in any form, are welcome to join in Groups wishing to participate should contact dance@Dublin2020.ie.

DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL WOULD LIKE TO THANK:

PRINCIPAL FUNDER

Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

FUNDERS

Dublin City Council, Fáilte Ireland

MEDIA PARTNERS

RTÉ Supporting the Arts, The Irish Times, RTE LyricFM, Entertainment.ie

Festival Partners: Aareal Bank, Abbey Theatre, Aerowaves, Approach Trade, Bealtaine Festival, Bayer, Create, Canada Council for the Arts, Coiscéim Dance Theatre, Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Creative Scotland, Instituto Cervantes Dublin, Culture Ireland, Dance Ireland, Duncan Grehan & Partners, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Dublin, Fonds Podium Kunsten, Goethe-Institut Irland, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Live Collision, Mermaid Arts Centre, National Concert Hall, Nationales Performance Netz, Park Rite, Swiss Arts Council, Québec Government Office London, Conseil des arts et des lettres Québec, the RHA, Siemens, The Ark, Volkswagen Bank, Wallonie Bruxelles, Yeats 2015

Venue Partners: Abbey Theatre, DanceHouse, Irish Film Institute, Project Arts Centre, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Mermaid Arts Centre, CoisCéim, National Concert Hall, Gate Theatre Lab, The Ark

For further media information please contact:

Christine Monk | monk.christine@gmail.com | 087 675 5329