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Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

Young People, Old Voices – Olwyn Lyons rejoins the cast in Barcelona

Olwyn Lyons with Raimund Hoghe and the cast of Young People, Old Voices, Barcelona 2011

Olwyn Lyons (third from left) with Raimund Hoghe and the cast of Young People, Old Voices. Barcelona, March 2011

Olwyn Lyons interned with DDF in 2010 and was also selected by Raimund Hoghe to join the cast of Young People, Old Voices, the centrepiece of the 2010 Festival, along with three other young Dubliners. She was recently invited to re-join the cast for two performances at the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona. Here are her thoughts on her involvement in the performance:

“My dream came true last weekend when I was invited by highly acclaimed German Choreographer, Raimund Hoghe to perform once again in his outstanding piece Young People, Old Voices in the beautiful historic city of Barcelona. This was my second encounter with Raimund as I was lucky enough to have been selected to perform in Young People, Old Voices, the centrepiece of last year’s Dublin Dance Festival. Imagine my excitement as I packed my bags and headed to Dublin airport. I felt a cocktail of emotions ranging from excitement to trepidation. My worries were quelled when I was warmly welcomed with genuine affection by Raimund. I became known as ‘Olwyn from Dublin’ for the next few days.

Over the course of four days in enchanting Barcelona I worked intensively with Raimund rehearsing  just ten minutes metro journey from Barcelona’s bustling city centre. I immersed myself in the relaxed Spanish lifestyle sampling paella on La Ramblas and ambling through the Old Town away from the busy tourist areas. The opening night performance was, as usual, an exciting, anxious event, which thankfully ran smoothly and was warmly received by the public – the audience demanded five encores!

Throughout the experience I felt an immense  sense of pride representing Ireland abroad as a dancer, amongst a cast with a varied array of nationalities including French, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese and German. My performance was all the more memorable as after a nine years run of this wonderful show this was its final European performance. I am sure for Raimund it was a proud emotional experience. My Barcelona adventure unfortunately came to an end with a heart warming meal with Raimund and all cast members, enjoyed in the early hours of the morning in Plaza De Realia. This was definitely the perfect end to a stunning stay in Barcelona, between dance, good food and new found friends I could not have asked for anymore. The experience left me with a greater thirst for performing.”

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