‘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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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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Hip hop trips from the margins to the mainstream

Hip hop trips from the margins to the mainstream

Ask Kyle Abraham how hip hop has influenced his choreography and a wry smile appears. That question again. “I wouldn’t regard myself as a hip-hop…

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Dancing on the edge of vertigo

Dancing on the edge of vertigo

Climbing might be a sport and a pastime, but for some it is a purely aesthetic experience, bordering on the spiritual. For them, the goal…

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Devising a chaotic world for dance to live in

Devising a chaotic world for dance to live in

For almost 50 years, Trisha Brown’s dances have been seen in New York lofts, on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses, or on…

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How science is getting its groove

How science is getting its groove

In the eyes of scientists, dance has never been so chic. These days, the two disciplines are chatting about the perception of movement, bodily memory,…

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Dancing at the ghost estates

Dancing at the ghost estates

The quotation “writing about music is like dancing about architecture” has been attributed to many people, including Frank Zappa and Elvis Costello. But whoever coined…

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