30 April - 19 May 2019


DDF reveals 2014 highlights & new-look website!

Fri 29 Nov 2013

DDF reveals 2014 highlights & new-look website!

Dublin Dance Festival is proud to reveal two world renowned companies that will star in our 10th Festival in 2014. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Russell Maliphant‘s Still Current will take to the Abbey Theatre stage (29th – 31st May), while Willi Dorner’s colourful bodies in urban spaces will claim the streets of Dublin (24th & 25th May).

Internationally acclaimed choreographer Russell Maliphant and award-winning lighting designer Michael Hulls will present Still Current, a dynamic evening of stunning new work, alongside two of Maliphant’s most iconic pieces. This ravishing new repertory offers audiences an opportunity to see Maliphant perform and also showcases the outstanding skill of his remarkable company of dancers, including Thomasin Gülgeç, Dickson Mbi and Carys Staton. This strikingly beautiful programme includes the Olivier Award-nominated solo Afterlight (Part One), inspired by the great Russian ballet dancer Nijinksy, and the dazzling solo Two. The pieces are linked by a diverse physical language, drawing from contemporary dance, ballet and martial arts and featuring eclectic music compositions by Eric Satie among others.

Russell Maliphant is one of the world’s leading dance creators, he is an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells and has worked with DV8, the BalletBoyz, Robert Lepage and ballet superstar Sylvie Guillem.

Dancing bodies rarely look more beautiful than in the work of Russell Maliphant” The Guardian

We are also delighted to be welcoming bodies in urban spaces by Austrian Cie. Willi Dorner to Dublin. A captivating celebration of our cityscape, this unique urban trail will feature 20 locally recruited performers creating a chain of colourful and unexpected installations through the city. Live body sculptures are set up quickly and exist fleetingly along a specially chosen route, before the acrobatic performers disengage themselves and move on. This is an opportunity to witness both daring choreography and outstanding displays of physical strength and skill, and to discover new and imaginative possibilities of well known spaces and architecture – on the run!

“Bodies in Urban Spaces, besides being a wonder of organization and stamina, was a model of public art: free, fun, and transformative” Philidelphia Inquirer

 As if that wasn’t enough news, we have given our website a fresh new look for our 10th festival. We hope you like it. Designed by StudioAad and developed by practice&Theory.  Massive thanks to Scott Burnett and Loughlin McSweeney. We are THRILLED with it!