Company Philip Connaughton returns with a provocative and seductive new dance work exploring the infinite possibilities of love.
Love Songs brings together a beguiling cast of eight intergenerational performers, collectively looking to an imagined future for answers to an unknown past – and all bent on entertaining.
Premiering December 14-17th at Project Arts Centre, in association with Once Off Productions, Project Arts Centre, and Cork Opera House, Love Songs takes a deep dive into the glorious undefinable while tethered firmly to a love song.
After a year of dazzling audiences with No Control, Party Scene, and WAKE, Love Songs sees Connaughton return again to his own dance company bringing his unique vision to this, his most ambitious work to date.
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Creator and Director Philip Connaughton
Performed by Clare Adam, Philip Connaughton, Orla Dwyer, Helen Jordan, Anna Kaszuba, Isabella Oberlander, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, and Anderson de Souza.
Set Design by Molly O’Cathain
Costume Design by Emily Ní Bhroin
Lighting Design by Begoña Garcia
Sound Design by Luca Truffarelli
Hair and Make-Up by Leonard Daly
Dramaturg Philip McMahon
Stage Manager Marella Boschi
Production Manager Veronica Foo
Line Producer Lisa Nally
Producer Maura O’Keeffe
Production Photography Patricio Cassinoni
A new dance work by Company Philip Connaughton, in association with Once Off Productions, Project Arts Centre, and Cork Opera House.
Philip Connaughton is a choreographer from Dublin. He trained locally and then studied at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. He was artist in residence at axis:Ballymun  where he created Mortuus Est Philippus for Dublin Dance Festival and Festival Instances, Chalon-sur-Saône . He was associate artist of Dance Ireland in 2013 and in 2014, he formed Company Philip Connaughton and made a large-scale ensemble piece Tardigrade that won best design in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards. His lecture-performance Dance Uncovered… (sensational) was featured in DDF 2015. Following that, he created Whack!! with Compagnie Kashyl (Paris), which has toured extensively throughout France and Ireland, followed by Extraterrestrial Events which previewed in Paris and then premiered at DDF 2017. ASSISTED SOLO, was created for Dublin Fringe Festival’s 2018 programme. The company made Mamafesta Memorialising at KLAP, maison pour la danse, Marseille, followed by a run at the Cork Opera House and Project Arts Centre in 2019. Philip was awarded an Irish Times Theatre Award for his work on Rough Magic’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. This year he created Party Scene in collaboration with Phillip McMahon and THISISPOPBABY for Cork Midsummer Festival and No Control, a new outdoor work for Company Philip Connaughton as part of Carlow Arts Festival. Most recently, he choreographed and performed in THISISPOPBABY’s WAKE at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival.
Theatre and opera include Threepenny Opera (The Gate Theatre -Dublin Theatre Festival), Noel Coward’s The Vortex (The Gate Theatre), Der Vampyr, Faust (The Everyman Theatre), The Bloody Irish (PBS TV, America), Elevator, I’m Your Man, RIOT, and SHIT (THISISPOPBABY). Annie, The Wizard of Oz , The Cork Proms (Cork Opera House), Much Ado About Nothing (Rough Magic Kilkenny Arts Fest.).Philip was a Platform 31 Artist representing Dublin City Council in 2020 and is currently a Project Arts Centre resident artist.
Love Songs is funded by the Arts Council.
Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.