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Wednesday, 25th May 2011

DDF Photo Diary – Reception for Balbir Singh Dance Company and Compagnie Sui Generis

On Monday May 23 we enjoyed performances by Balbir Singh Dance Company and Compagnie Sui Generis / Emmanuelle Vo Dinh, and after the performances we toasted to them in the lobby of Project Arts Centre. Antanas Burokas was on hand with his camera, take a look below at what and who he snapped:


Balbir Singh Dance Company, L – R: Bigg Taj, Ezekiel Oliveira, Sooraj Subramaniam, Balbir Singh, John Ball


Laurie Uprichard and John Scott toast to Emmanuelle Vo Dinh


L – R: Cindy Cummings, Robert Jackson, Solenne Racapé of Compagnie Sui Generis and Bernard Schmidt

All photos by Studio Antanas Burokas

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Wednesday, 25th May 2011

DDF Photo Diary – Rehearsal with Fearghus Ó Conchúir

On Tuesday May 24 Dave headed into DanceHouse to see how Fearghus Ó Conchúir and his dancers were getting on with rehearsals for Tabernacle. Take a look at their progress below!

All photos by Dave Soanes

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Wednesday, 25th May 2011

DDF Photo Diary – Our Festival artists and friends…

Here’s a picture one of our visiting Japanese artists, Eiko Otake, sent us. One of the best things about the Festival is meeting such wonderful artists from all over the world, but we hate to see them leave and find ourselves missing these guys already!


L – R: Hiroaki Umeda, Val Bourne (DDF Board), Koma Otake, Eiko Otake, Cédric Andrieux, Betsy Gregory (Dance Umbrella) and Yasuko Yokoshi

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Sunday, 22nd May 2011

DDF Photo Diary – Rehearsal with Mugiyono Kasido

On Thursday 19 and Friday 20 Indonesian dance artist Mugiyono Kasido wowed a packed Project Cube with two pieces – Bagaspati, which explored Javanese mythology through traditional dance and gamelan music, and the rather different (and very funny!) Kabar Kabur which took a satirical look at the fall of the Suharto regime in Indonesia. Dave caught a dress rehearsal, take a look:

All photos by Dave Soanes

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Sunday, 22nd May 2011

DDF Photo Diary – Rehearsal with José Navas

The 2011 Festival is the second that the exquisite José Navas has been part of. In 2009 Navas brought the house down with his performance entitled Miniatures and from reports so far, it seems that this year’s performance, Personae, lived up to people’s high expectations. Here are some shots Dave took during the dress rehearsal:

All photos by Dave Soanes

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Saturday, 21st May 2011

DDF Photo Diary – Post-show discussion with Hiroaki Umeda

After his second performance to a full house, Japanese artist Hiroaki Umeda joined moderator Ciaran O’Melia for a quick chat about his performance of Adapting for Distortion and Haptic. It was a really great insight into the thinking and preparation that goes into Hiroaki’s striking multimedia work, and a great follow-up to a top notch show!


Photos taken by Studio Antanas Burokas

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Saturday, 21st May 2011

DDF Photo Diary – Rehearsal with Hiroaki Umeda

Japanese artist Hiroaki Umeda performed this week in the Space Upstairs in Project Arts Centre. Both Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 May there was a full house pretty much spellbound by Umeda’s unique collision of digital sound, lighting technology and street dance-inspired movement. If you missed it, here’s the next best thing: Dave’s rehearsal shots below!

All photos by Dave Soanes

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Saturday, 21st May 2011

DDF Photo Diary – Festival Club @ Project Bar

If you fancy shooting the breeze before or after a performance, we recommend heading to DDF’s Festival Club @ Project Arts Centre Bar. There’s always a good atmosphere, there are discounts on drinks if you’re a Festival Friend and you might even get to rub shoulders with some of the Festival artists. Fab!


Festival artists Eiko & Koma at the Festival Club @ Project Bar

All photos by Studio Antanas Burokas

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Saturday, 21st May 2011

DDF Photo Diary – Cédric Andrieux warms up

Our team of photo bloggers has recently been joined by Antanas and Olga from Studio Antanas Burokas. Just before Cédric Andrieux took to the stage for his performance in Samuel Beckett Theatre on May 18, Antanas and Olga snapped him warming up.


All photos by Studio Antanas Burokas

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Tuesday, 17th May 2011

DDF Photo Diary – Dancing at the disco, Bumper 2 Bumper…

DDF’s opening weekend continued in style on Saturday May 14 in the Courtyard at IMMA for Bumper 2 Bumper – the Festival’s headphone disco, presented in association with Phantom 105.2! DJs Claire Beck and Michelle Doherty were on the decks while the crowd put even our Festival artists to shame! Well, almost…

All photos by Studio Antanas Burokas.

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Monday, 16th May 2011

DDF Photo Diary – Opening Night

Friday May 13 saw the opening of Dublin Dance Festival in the beautiful surroundings of IMMA! Stunning performances by Jodi Melnick and Yasuko Yokoshi were followed by a reception in the Chapel – take a look at the photos below.


The Chapel, IMMA


Dermot McLaughlin, chairman of the DDF board


Yasuko Yokoshi, Iseult Sheehy and Caroline Williams, DDF

Paul Johnson, Dance Ireland and Laurie Uprichard, DDF


Aideen McCole and Dermot McLaughlin, DDF


Sean Kissane, IMMA, Jodi Melnick and Burt Barr

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Saturday, 7th May 2011

DDF Photo Diary – Volunteers Meeting in DanceHouse

With the Festival looming, on Wednesday it was high time to meet our team of volunteers! Some thirty wonderful people will join the DDF team to help at performances and events, and our meeting in the Resource Room in DanceHouse was a great chance to get to know them all and tell them what they’re in for over the next few weeks…


Ellie, Laurie and Kerry of DDF talking to the group


Ellie, Annette and Kerry of DDF talking to the group

All photos by Dave Soanes.

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