DDF News — 30 Jan 2017
JEAN BUTLER’S ‘THIS IS AN IRISH DANCE’, Project Arts Centre 8-11 Feb
Following sell-out performances in the US, the critically acclaimed 'this is an Irish dance' is coming to Ireland. Choreographed by the world renowned dancer and choreographer Jean Butler and composed by Belfast-born composer and musician Neil Martin, this duet for dancer and cellist will be on stage at Project Arts Centre, Dublin 8-11 February, as well as Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick 17 February and Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 2 March 2017.
Inspired by the interdependent relationship between traditional music and dance, and the formal spatial relationship between dancer and musician that characterises Butler's experience from competition to stage, this is an Irish dance explores the often-invisible interplay between dancer and musician in live performance.
The movement and music, created simultaneously through improvisation during the piece’s development, raise questions about who is leading and who is following. this is an Irish dance reveals a dialogue between music and movement, movement and sound, sound and space, space and sculpture, sculpture and body, body and instrument, cello and cellist, cellist and dancer, and ultimately a man and woman.
“Butler is an extraordinary dancer, the accent of her dancing is distinctly Irish … her footwork is light and crisp—she skitters across the floor, like a butterfly skimming the surface of a lake.”
-The New Yorker
“Her striking clarity, rhythmic command and redheaded elegance were all still there yet now allied to a searching intelligence that pulled apart Irish step dance and put it back together in intriguing ways."
-The New York Times.