Confidence and sure-footedness
Much of what happened in dance during 2011 gave hope for the future. But some of what happened gave fear for the past. Emerging choreographers came of age, organisations celebrated anniversaries and new developments countered the bleakness caused by growing unemployment, emigration and general social pessimism. But the demise of Daghdha Dance Company, coupled with the prevailing belt-tightening austerity, brought us back to the recessionary 1980s, when the Arts Council axed a national ballet and contemporary dance company. Some impressive choreography made its way onstage over the past twelve months, but the loss of the Limerick-based company was the most significant dance event of the year.