The 2022 edition of the Dublin Dance Festival opens tomorrow, May 17, and is ready to take us on a groundbreaking and empowering journey. Curated by Artistic Director Jazmin Chiodi, this year’s program is a collection of extraordinary works from Africa, Brazil, Europe and Japan that celebrate diversity in all its facets and the power of the collective.
There’s such a variety of performances at the 2022 Dublin Dance Festival that we thought we’d give you a taste of what you can expect to see at the various locations these fantastic performers take over.
The Abbey Theater
This famous Dublin stage will host the latest creation by Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues: Enchanted. A set of eleven performers will dance to songs of the Guarani people that call for recognition of endangered ancestral territories and invite the audience to explore our connection to the land.
Fell from the sky is a radical celebration of femininity presented by award-winning flamenco star Rocío Molina. Fusing the intensity of flamenco with contemporary feminist aesthetics, this performance explores different incarnations of the feminine archetype.
Jan Martens and the GRIP & Dance On Ensemble present on the Abbey stage a production that embraces diverse voices with an atypical dance ensemble aged 17 to 70. They take their title from the words of Chinese President Xi Jumping regarding the right to protest and demonstrate: “Any attempt will end with crushed and plugged bones“.
Encantado, by Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues, invites us to tame our fears, to return to a natural source of strength to rediscover the power of the collective.
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Project Art Center
Under the direction of Amala Dianor, a constellation of talents from Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso will present Siguifina collective African dance that celebrates individuality and the power of connection.
In GracesItalian choreographer Silvia Gribaudi transforms human imperfections into an art form, questioning gender stereotypes with wit and tenderness.
Coming out of the urgency of current times, A call to you is a captivating new work by Catherine Young that explores human rights through the lens of the human body.
The cinematographic installation somewhere in the body by Áine Stapleton tells the story of Lucia Joyce, a talented visual artist, dancer and daughter of the famous Irish writer James Joyce.
Finally, the Project Arts Center will also host the premiere of Dance like a bomb by the award-winning Junk Ensemble, a performance that celebrates the strength and beauty of mature bodies and unpacks the boundaries of love and care.
The cultural center of the Ark
Origami club by Japanese choreographer Takeshi Matsumoto is an interactive dance performance for children that invites audiences to explore new ways of playing and moving.
Dance artist Gillies Viandier will stage his performance outdoors Pantone Street on the grounds of Christchurch Cathedral, exploring the history and identity of heritage sites and townscapes.
At Wood Quay Amphitheater, the DanceScapes program, co-curated by Tobi Omoteso, will come alive to present powerful personal stories in an unforgettable dance experience.
At the same place last weekend, Shaking by Laura Murphy will offer the public an immersive participatory performance to celebrate dance.
The 2022 edition of the Dublin Dance Festival will also feature the “Professional Intensive” series of workshops to give dancers and dance students the chance to learn from Takeshi Matsumoto, Amala Dianor and members of Lia Rodrigues Company and Dance On Ensemble.
Moreover, the Origin – Showcase of performances will provide a powerful platform for new work by artists based in Ireland.
The festival will also present Big Pulse Guest Artist Programwhich will include performances, interesting discussions and key personalities in dance in Ireland.
For tickets and more detailed information about the festival, visit their website here.
Much like its previous iterations, this year’s Dublin Dance Festival promises an exciting and thought-provoking spectacle. Artistic Director Jazmin Chiodi said of the programme, “My hope is that it gives us all a unique moment to be together and brings dance to the heart of our people, and our people to the heart of our city. .
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