Bench #3 CoisCéim Dance Theatre & Waterways Ireland



A new outdoor dance commission inspired by Dublin’s canals and surrounds

Bench #3

Fri 24—Sat 25 May 2024

A bench by the water – a place to rest, a point to meet, a space to dream. Inspired by Dublin’s canals and their surroundings, Bench #3 is the latest dance piece in a series of works to be performed on the banks of the canals across the city.

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FREE, no booking required


Grand Canal Dock, at the Red Sticks outside Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

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How long?

15 mins


Fri 24 May


Sat 25 May


"Should you be stopped in your tracks by the sight of dancers performing beside [canals], rest assured. That’s the intention; [to] encourage passersby to pause, reflect and, perhaps, reimagine how they interact with the waterways."

The Irish Times

“I felt like I was in Paris or London, stumbling upon performances in the streets - I didn’t think that things like this happened in Dublin!”

Audience reaction

Fresh from her tour of the critically acclaimed MINSEACH, Sibéal Davitt is the commissioned artist and choreographer for Bench #3. An award-winning artist, Sibéal's work is influenced by contemporary, classical and Irish traditional sean-nós dance which she will bring to this innovative new commission.

A collaborative project between CoisCéim Dance Theatre in partnership with Waterways Ireland, Bench is a collection of artworks that celebrates everyday places as creative spaces. It encourages us to pause and be inspired by these feats of engineering through vibrant choreographic commissions and short live performances by distinctive local dance artists.

With free outdoor performances over two days, Bench #3 is an invitation to take a breath and discover dance.


  • Choreographer & Performer Sibéal Davitt
  • Curator David Bolger
  • Production Manager Seán Dennehy
  • Production Coordinator Caoimhe Coburn Gray
  • Graphic Design Alphabet Soup
  • Waterways Ireland Louise Dredge, Máirín Ó Cuireáin
  • Producers Sarah Latty, Bridget Webster

A new commission by CoisCéim Dance Theatre in partnership with Waterways Ireland.

  • Arts Council Funding Dance
  • Dublin Canals
  • Cois Céim Dance Theatre
  • Waterways Ireland

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