There’s a particular sense of anticipation for this year’s Festival, the first to be programmed by our new Director, Julia Carruthers.

On behalf of DDF’s Board of Directors, I’d like to thank the many partners who make this Festival possible. Foremost among these are our funders, the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, who have been committed to supporting the Festival from its inception as a biannual programme in 2002, to the annual event it has become. We are also sincerely grateful to Dublin City Council and Culture Ireland, and all of the embassies and cultural institutes whose collaboration enables DDF to showcase choreography from around the world.

Since her arrival in Dublin, Julia seems effortlessly to have taken up the baton as Director, and she and her team: Caroline Williams, Eleanor Creighton and Tiina Ylönen are a dynamic force. We hope that you, the audience, will be as excited as we are by the programme they have created.

Helen Meany


My first Festival and Dublin’s 8th brings together a range of work that is sure to provoke new and different responses. There is revolution, comedy, intrigue, a choir, a coffin, slapstick, invisible objects, virtuoso performers and much more. Dance’s customary international relations miracle gathers together artists from over 17 countries to show audiences in Dublin what’s happening both at home and internationally.

There is no carefully engineered Festival theme this year, but we will share dance that can make you feel and imagine more intensely – this is dance revealing what it is to be alive.

Heartfelt thanks to my industrious office team, the DDF Board, colleagues in partner venues and the wider dance community, and old acquaintances for sound advice, a fast track into things Dublin, good coffee and casseroles – and for keeping me sane (I think).

Julia Carruthers

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