Dublin Dance Festival Presents Colin Dunne
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Leading traditional Irish dance artist Colin Dunne opens the Festival with his highly-anticipated new solo show. In Concert, he confronts the music of virtuoso traditional Irish fiddle player, Tommie Potts (1912-1988).
Potts’ iconic 1972 album ‘The Liffey Banks’ is the only recording of his music commercially released in his lifetime. Although renowned for its delicate, melancholic and playful qualities, it is widely considered to be unsuitable for dancing to. Armed with an LP, tape recorder, portable speakers and sheets of flooring, Dunne sets out to ‘dance’ this controversial album in a concert like no other.
Collaborating with Sinéad Rushe, director of his Olivier Award-nominated solo ‘Out of Time’, and acclaimed composer Mel Mercier, in Concert Dunne embodies the lonesome and deviant nature of the music in his innovative style that is as evocative and idiosyncratic as Potts’ own.
“An unprecedented achievement: an Irish dance performance of emotional and intellectual complexity “ The New York Times on Out of Time
Running Time: 60 minutes
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Dublin Dance Festival Commission.
Co-produced by Dublin Dance Festival, CND Paris, MA Scène nationale–Pays de Montbéliard and La Comète, Châlons–en–Champagne.
Supported by Dance Ireland and Culture Ireland as part of Originate 2017.
Choreographer / Performer: Colin Dunne
Director: Sinéad Rushe
Sound Design: Mel Mercier
Producer: Once Off Productions
Dublin Dance Festival
Dublin Dance Festival is the leading dance event on the Irish arts calendar. Each year in May, the Festival brings together dance artists and choreographers from across the world to share the very best of contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland. Since its inauguration in 2002, the Festival’s ambitions have been big and brave. The Festival brings hugely influential dance makers to Dublin, while also providing an international platform for established and emerging Irish dance artists. The 2017 Festival will run through May 18 – 28. Get ready to experience a vibrant mix of visual theatre, live music, video interactions, powerful personal testimony and incredible dance and much more.