Dublin Dance Festival

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Country and Region IrelandDublin
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

Dublin Dance Festival
26 South Frederick Street
Dublin 2
Phone: (353) 1 679 0524
Fax: (353) 1-679-0525
Email: info@dancefestivalireland.ie

Festival Description

Inaugurated in 2002, the Dublin Dance Festival (formerly International Dance Festival Ireland) has become the premiere dance event on the Irish arts calendar. Previously a biennial, the festival became an annual event in 2007. The mission of Dublin Dance Festival is to present a high quality international dance festival that promotes the best of contemporary choreography and develops artists and audiences in Ireland.

Festival Dates May 14 - 26, 2013
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Festival Events:

Featured highlights 2013:
  • Dublin Dance Festival is proud to announce that two stellar European dance companies will be taking to the Abbey stage during the 2013 Festival, in celebration of Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Julia Carruthers of Dublin Dance Festival says, “These choreographers and performances have been specifically chosen because of their influence on the European arts scene. The colour and aesthetic beauty of Saarinen’s re-imagined ballets contrast with the raw athleticism of Ultima Vez’s landmark work. We are excited to share these gems from the European scene with audiences here in Ireland.”
  • May 14 - 15, 2013, at 7:30pm — Finland’s Tero Saarinen Company will present a Stravinsky Evening
    • Tero Saarinen is one of Europe’s leading dance makers and has created work for major international companies. His Stravinsky Evening will open the 2013 Dublin Dance Festival. It is presented in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the infamous first performance of Rite of Spring by the Ballets Russes, and will feature two stunning works. HUNT is Saarinen’s heart-stopping solo set to Rite of Spring, in which he is both the hunter and the hunted. The music’s unstoppable rhythms are matched by sinuous movements. Saarinen’s body acts as a canvas for atmospheric lighting created by renowned designer Mikki Kunttu and a kaleidoscope of live multi-media projections by artist Marita Liulia. Saarinen’s Petrushka is a love triangle played out with all the wit of a silent movie comedy and the colour of the fairground. Two classical accordionists play the score live on stage in an extraordinary version of Stravinsky’s ballet. Full price: €20-€35 Concession: €18-€32
  • May 16 - 18, 2013, at 7:30pm — Ultima Vez from Belgium will present their game-changing What the Body Does Not Remember
    • What the Body Does Not Remember by Ultima Vez stunned audiences when it premiered in 1987, and, like Set and Reset by Trisha Brown Dance Company that featured in Dublin Dance Festival 2012, the work created a new landscape for dance. The New York Times wrote, “Tough, brutal, playful, ironic and terrific. Adjectives seem unduly passive in describing What the Body Does Not Remember”. Bricks are hurled across the stage, bodies collide in mid-air. 25 years on, the revival of this essential, gripping work comes to the Abbey stage for three nights only. Full price: €20-€35 Concession: €18-€32
Full programming 2013:
  • DDF 2013 will take place from May 14-26. The Festival will announce the full DDF 2013 programme next March. Highlights will feature exciting Australian and Irish elements, including the European premier of Jean Butler’s newest work.


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Podcast Interviews:
  • Dance: Merce Cunningham’s ‘Biped’ and ‘Summerspace’
    • The world’s greatest living choreographer, 83-year-old Merce Cunningham opened the first ever International Dance Festival Ireland with performances of Biped and Summerspace at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. (RTE Television, May 14, 2002)


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Aracaladanza “Clouds”, Photo Credit Eduardo Garcia
    • Divya Kasturi “NowHere”, Photo Credit Simon Richardson
    • Junk Ensemble “The Falling Song”, Photo Credit Fionn McCann
    • Liz Roche “Body and Forgetting”, Photo Credit Fionn McCann
    • Trisha Brown Dance Company “Set and Reset”, Photo Credit Julieta Cervantes
  • Project Arts Centre
  • SS Michael and John
    Essex Street West
    Dublin 2 Ireland
  • The Abbey
  • The Ark
  • The O’Reilly

    • Booking by Phone
      (353) 1-881-9614


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