(Mónica Muñoz, Sibéal Davitt & Kristyn Fontanella, Liam Scanlon, Liz Roche Company)
A programme of new Irish work-in-development, First Looks is a showcase initiative of Culture Ireland, Dance Ireland and Dublin Dance Festival. It is a key part of the Originate programme and the primary platform for Irish choreographers to introduce new work to Irish and international presenters and audiences. Over the years, many of these works have gone on to be produced as full length pieces at the Dublin Dance Festival and have toured successfully both at home and abroad.
Studio-sharings of the following four works will be presented together in a mixed bill:
Sink or Swim
This piece plays with the social norms and expectations imposed on women and with clichés of femininity in an over-sexualised society that accepts women only as the object, not the subject, of desire. In Sink or Swim, Muñoz also questions age and aging using attitudes and images that are irritatingly familiar.
Sibéal Davitt & Kristyn Fontanella
As We Know It
As We Know It is an honest and humorous conversation between sean-nós dancer Sibéal Davitt and traditional Irish step dancer Kristyn Fontanella. Questioning and challenging each other’s perceptions and understanding of Irish dance, they explore a mutual language and present a new movement dialogue which is unique to both.
This collaboration between traditional Irish dancer Liam Scanlon (Dance Ireland Associate Artist) and fiddle players David Doocey and Áine McGeeney delves into the relationship between music and dance by exploring: how one influences the other; how tradition and codes can dictate this exchange; how they connect; and where the space for conversation lies.
Liz Roche Company
Combining intricate movement patterns and live music, Totems strips Roche’s subtle choreography back to its purest essence to echo our accepted wisdoms, collective histories and deepest instincts. The Liz Roche Company (DDF Company-in-Residence) will premiere the full piece at the National Gallery of Ireland in July.