Tuesday, 20th October 2009

Aerowaves network meeting in Vilnius, October 22-25

Laurie will be attending the 14th meeting of the Aerowaves network in Vilnius, the European Capital of Culture, this week (the hotel she’s staying at has guaranteed her “an Irish welcoming smile”!!) in order to take part in the assessment of over 300 applications from promising young companies and choreographers across Europe who are seeking to tour abroad.  The chosen artists will then be invited by the partners to perform in their cities.

For the first time this year, approximately 80 performances took place beyond London in Moscow, Oslo, Tallinn, Vilnius, Copenhagen, Dublin (as part of Absolut Fringe), Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Prague, Poznan, Warsaw, Zurich, Lausanne, Bassano del Grappa, Rome, Porto, Limassol, Osijek and Zagreb. Aerowaves plans to extend the number of opportunities in 2010. This expansion of Aerowaves performances is a development that provides a European network without precedent in dance.

Watch this space for news of whom we’ll be inviting to Dublin for DDF 2010!

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Tuesday, 6th October 2009

DDF Friends’ Event

Dublin Dance Festival had its first event for Friends on Friday, October 2. The Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival kindly treated DDF’s Friends as if we were their own so that we could experience the phenomenon that is DV8.

To Be Straight With You proved a powerful, often violent and beautiful work – vignettes of spoken word and dance conjuring characters and events that were variously shocking, disturbing, humorous, full of fear and sometimes glimmering with hope.  The ‘In Conversation’ session that took place beforehand with Artistic Director Lloyd Newson (moderated by the omnipresent Caroline Williams) provided insight into the factual background of the work without giving too much away.  It was a great chance to see some world-class dance theatre and catch up after the summer.

If you’d like to Be Our Friend and be in the know about events like this one,
you can join here

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