Night Dances Emma Martin / United Fall

Presented by Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre


A ferociously exhilarating performance of pure dance and live music

Night Dances
© Sean Breithaupt
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Fri 24—Sat 25 May 2024

Acclaimed choreographer Emma Martin presents her work on the Abbey stage for the first time with Night Dances, an ode to the body and a visceral, sweaty love letter to dance in all its forms.

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€15 – €42 (concession rates available)


Abbey Theatre, on the Abbey stage

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How long?

60 mins (no interval)

Contains loud music and strobe-like effects.



Fri 24 May

Sat 25 May

From the show

© Sean Breithaupt
© Sean Breithaupt
© Sean Breithaupt
© Sean Breithaupt
© United Fall
© United Fall
© Ste Murray
© Ste Murray


★★★★ “[A] shared sense of joy and release after a thrilling hour of relentless dancing and music.”

The Irish Times

“Emma Martin’s Night Dances is about the ecstasy of moving on a dancefloor that time forgot.”

The Guardian

Presented in a series of four vignettes, Night Dances is a celebration of dance culture – from clubs to competitions to ceremonies. Performed to pounding beats by Daniel Fox and with atmospheric lighting by Stephen Dodd, it opens with a solo and accelerates as a young dance troupe launches into a ferocious routine of kicks, flips and cartwheels. A brief respite is offered up in a second solo that magnifies every movement, before surging to a close with unbridled fervour.

Through raucous choreography and rumbling bass that reverbs in your belly, Night Dances revels in fury, rebellion, hope and freedom. It unleashes the exhilaration of getting lost in your own rhythm where nothing else matters, just the sweat and the groove.


  • Created and choreographed by Emma Martin (in collaboration with the dancers)
  • Music Daniel Fox
  • Design Katie Davenport
  • Lighting Design Stephen Dodd
  • Performers Robyn Byrne, Jonas Krämer, Aoife McAtamney, Ryan O’Neill, Jessie Thompson
  • Young Dancers Anne-Marie Lambert, Sarah Kathleen Lambert, Romie Rose Moynihan, Casey O'Reilly, Tiffany Owens, Annie Jane Tarzan, Gabriella O'Neill Visibelli (Studio 85)
  • Band Brian Dillon, Daniel Fox, Jamie Hyland
  • Produced by Jill Murray
  • Rehearsal Assistant Jodie Li Flynn
  • Wardrobe Mary Sheehan
  • Stage Manager Fiona Keller
  • Production Manager Veronica Foo
  • Sound Engineer Ben Healy
  • Chief LX Seb Pizzarro
  • Set Construction Ger Clancy
  • Photography Ste Murray, Sean Breithaupt
  • Company Administration Ois O'Donoghue

Originally co-produced by Dublin Theatre Festival.

  • Arts Council Funding Dance
  • Abbey Theatre 2024

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