Ériu featuring Nick O’Connell and Breandán de Gallaí
6 – 8 Mar | 7:30pm | Banquet Hall
Choreographed by ex-Riverdance principal Breandán de Gallaí, Lïnger is a contemporary Irish dance work involving 2 male dancers at opposite ends of their dancing careers.
Performed by de Gallaí and Nick O’Connell this immersive theatrical experience is “a powerfully tender and muscular exploration of Irish gay masculinity”, and unfolds through a rich tapestry of photography, film, music, and movement. Ériu’s work is a 21st century reimagining of Irish dance, exploring the poetic potential of the genre and examining topics rarely dealt with through traditional dance such as identity, sexuality and ageing.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival Aug 2016
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Linger is superb: a must-see full-on theatrical show … intensely moving … technically brilliant … breathtaking”
– Stephanie Green & Mark Harding, The Skinny 9th Aug 2016
“De Gallaí is pushing and playing with his inherited language in ways I’ve never seen before in Irish dance, and in the process exposing aspects of himself and his dance career with a seriousness that feels both tender and brave.”
– Judith Mackrell, The Guardian 19th Aug 2016
“a spirited delivery of ideas and dance that lingers for all the truest, thought-provoking reasons”
– Mary Brennan, Herald Scotland 9th Aug 2016
“When the men move, be it intelligent and moving contemporary dance or energietic and precise Irish dance, it’s a sight to behold.”
– Kelly Apter, Scotsman 9th Aug 2016
Ériu Dance Company was set up by Breandán de Gallaí in 2010. To date the company has produced two significant works, NOĊTÚ and Rite of Spring, which have been met with positive peer review. NOĊTÚ was nominated for 2 Drama Desk awards, “Outstanding Choreography” and “Unique Theatrical Event” (New York 2012). Rite of Spring opened the 2012 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann attracting 14,000 spectators. The work received a nomination for the coveted Allianz Business to Arts Awards (Dublin 2013).
De Gallaí’s overarching artistic ambition is to explore the expressive potential of the traditional Irish dance form and to use this potential to engage with issues rarely explored in traditional dance. His artistic ethos is inspired by choreographic genius Pina Bausch and her perspective on dancers – “I’m not so interested in how they move as in what moves them.” By simultaneously maintaining the traditional Irish dance legacy and emphasising the expressiveness of the dance, de Gallaí desires to bring a fresh perspective to the art form.