Fanfare and Bell

With a title like Fanfare , some kind of bombastic opening to this year’s Dublin Dance Festival might have been expected, but Jodi Melnick’s choreography offered soft intensity rather than hard-edged pomposity. The audience was lulled even before the performance, with artist Burt Barr’s preset décor featuring a soothing centrepiece of softly whirring fans that cast streaks of shadows and light while billowing gentle turbulence onstage.

Moving to IMMA from the Abbey Theatre – DDF’s traditional opening night venue – might have caused a reduction in scale and size, but it was a confident statement of intent in prioritising strong artistic visions over première night glamour: never mind the width, feel the quality.

read more here in The Irish Times