‘I need to be able to say something when the taxi driver asks me what I do’

‘I need to be able to say something when the taxi driver asks me what I do’

Antonia Baehr is a performer, curator, producer, and writer. But is she a choreographer? “Hmm, good question,” she says. “For many years I didn’t put a…

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Dusk Ahead

Dusk Ahead

Junk Ensemble’s latest work returns to familiar territory: the state of unpredictability between pillars of certainty, a juncture to be embraced rather than feared. Dusk Ahead is…

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Fit / Misfit

Fit / Misfit

**** Explorations of community often descend into touchy-feely earnestness: not so Fit/Misfit, an archetypical Fringe show about fitting in that is full of flippancy, self-knowing…

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How to be a Lad(y)

How to be a Lad(y)

** The new group Ponybois might be a chip off the Ponydance block, but with none of the ironic charm, quirky characters and carefully crafted…

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Wage

Wage

**** Wage might be a feminist polemic about inequality and the pornographisation of the female body, but at its essence is choice. Are the choices…

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Dancing in the dark: Junk Ensemble brings on the blindfolds

Dancing in the dark: Junk Ensemble brings on the blindfolds

Rehearsal studios are a bit like classrooms: even a quick visit will reveal the learning dynamic. Is there a contented hum of collaborative activity from…

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Irish aerial dance: ‘It’s taking off’

Irish aerial dance: ‘It’s taking off’

Niamh Creely took up aerial dance she was “awestruck by the immense strength and skill needed to produce such graceful movements, but I was also…

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The naked truth about dance

The naked truth about dance

Theatre audiences are only ever warned about strobe lighting and nudity. One causes epileptic fits, but what’s so dangerous about the other? Quite a lot,…

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Dancing from down under to Dublin

Dancing from down under to Dublin

The Dublin Dance Festival is always comfortably familiar. Now on its third artistic director, the festival’s format hasn’t changed much since it’s inception in 2002, even if…

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The Bolshoi and the fractured state of Russian ballet

The Bolshoi and the fractured state of Russian ballet

When Sergei Filin had sulphuric acid thrown in his face by a masked attacker outside his Moscow apartment on January 17th, there was just one obvious suspect: the Bolshoi…

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‘I’m just at a stage in my life when I want to try new things’

‘I’m just at a stage in my life when I want to try new things’

There are two Ingrid Nachsterns. One has a ballet school in a church hall in Dublin 4 and the other performs post-modern dances at New York’s…

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Made in Dublin

Made in Dublin

In its 21-year history, Dance Ireland has evolved from a quasi-union for dancers based in makeshift studios to a representative body providing a range of…

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