This event was part of our 2022 Edition

DanceScapes Onai Tafuma | Jessie Thompson | Jessie O’Reilly

Commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival and co-curated by Top 8



Young female artists bring a new voice to the vibrant street dance culture in Ireland


27 May—29 May

Wood Quay Amphitheatre is set to come alive and vibrate with pulsating rhythms and the fierce energy of three young female artists in this series of new choreographies commissioned by DDF and co-curated by Top 8’s Tobi Omoteso.

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FREE, no booking required


Wood Quay Amphitheatre

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How long?

60 mins approx. (no interval)

Site is wheelchair accessible via the Fishamble St entrance.

Please be aware there is no public toilet on site.

This series of three short dance works showcases female voices from a diversity of backgrounds connected by street dance culture in Ireland.

Each work brings a unique movement language to the stage – sometimes lyrical, sometimes hard-hitting – but all serve up powerfully personal stories, with raw intensity and a passion that sweeps audiences up for an unforgettable dance experience.

The DanceScapes programme includes:

Onai Tafuma

What does it mean to dance like a woman? Why are female dancers criticised for trying to dance too much like a boy? This new choreography by street dance artist Onai Tafuma explores the conflicts we experience in identity, and in the expectation of others. Finding the strength and power in all elements of style and movement, this performance is based on the essence of becoming; of finding balance to reveal the dancers we are today.

Jessie Thompson
From One

Emerging from a place of intersection between diverse choreographic influences, this solo celebrates the unique qualities of contemporary dance and hip-hop freestyle. Creating a textured environment, the work is ever changing as the dancer responds to the live musicians. Embodying the essence of a street dance battle where improvisation is at the heart of the experience, this choreography merges contemporary influences that value precise creation and patience.

Jessie O’Reilly

Using a powerful hip-hop vocabulary, this duet shines a light on the battles faced by women as they step into adulthood. Using layers of tone and structure, choreographer Jessie O’Reilly explores the shape these inner conflicts can take as control and freedom clash, vying for position. This is a journey; a balancing act between conforming to societal standards and finding one’s unique voice.


Site is wheelchair accessible via the Fishamble St entrance.

Please be aware there is no public toilet on site.


  • Onai Tafuma
  • Choreographer Onai Tafuma
  • Assistant Choreographer Conor O’Kane
  • Performers Onai Tafuma, Micheala Matthews, Aine Carolan
  • Creative Assistant Kenneth Fadoju
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  • From One by Jessie Thompson
  • Choreographer and Performer Jessie Thompson
  • Musician Jason McNamara
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  • Evolving by Jessie O'Reilly
  • Choreographer Jessie O’Reilly
  • Performers Jessie O’Reilly, Jodanna Hughes

  • DCC 8
  • Dept of Tourism

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