Now in its 7th year, the new season of Dublin’s Kaleidoscope Night is ushered in this September with a gala launch at a very special venue. The monthly celebration brings the worlds of classical, contemporary and experimental music together, and for the first time, moves out if its traditional home at the Odessa Club and into various new venues throughout the season. Taking place in the uniquely intimate and spiritual setting of the Unitarian Church on St Stephen’s Green, the gala programme will delight those looking for a taste of Dublin’s finest musical talents. Featuring New Dublin Voices directed by Bernie Sherlock, as well as Francesco Turrisi & the Taquin Experiments, you’ll hear Mozart’s Gran Partita Serenade no. 10 for 13 winds, John Adams’ Shaker Loops, Irish choral works and more. Founded by violinist Cliodhna Ryan and cellist Kate Ellis, and curated by violist Karen Dervan and cellist Lioba Petrie since 2014, Kaleidoscope Nights has become an Irish musical institution. Showcasing the country’s premier performers of all genres, it creates unique evenings of musical discovery.
Fans of contemporary dance will not want to miss this fantastic opportunity to enjoy a fusion of jazz, hip hop and breakdancing performed in the Grand Canal area for free, by some of the best youth dance groups from Dublin. Performing with the Dublin Youth Dance Company will be members of Dizzy Footwork Dance Academy, Westside Performing Arts & C&N Dance Academy. Participants will join 80 young dancers as they make their way towards Grand Canal Square to converge in an exhilarating fusion of colour, sound and movement, culminating in an impressive finale against the backdrop of the Dock. The festival will offer an exhilarating, vibrant and fresh new take on the Grand Canal area where dancers will be led by choreographers Mariam Ribón & Karla Holden from the Dublin Youth Dance Company. The celebration, which promises to be fun filled and dynamic, aims to act as a playful contrast to the urban intensity of the Square and the calmness of the surrounding water.
The annual Dublin Dance Festival returns in May to showcase the talents of some of the leading dance artists and choreographers from around the world. One of the most significant events in Ireland’s cultural calendar, the Dublin Dance Festival is now in its eleventh year and continues to grown in both ambition and scale. This year’s festival is graced by performances from both major international figures like Meg Stuart and her group Damaged Goods and Flemenco superstar Israel Galvan and lesser known emerging choreographers and performers. Meg Stuart’s Built To Last opens the festival and offers Ireland a first chance to encounter her acclaimed group Damaged Goods. Built To Last plays at the Abbey Theatre on the 19th and 20th May and promises a thrilling journey through the history of dance as the performers respond to an ever evolving wave of classical and contemporary music, from Beethoven and Rachmaninoff to Xenakis and Schönberg. Another highlight comes courtesy of the Liz Roche Company who present Bastard Amber, a major new work inspired by WB Yeats’ seminal poem Sailing to Byzantium and the late paintings of Patrick Scott.
The great burlesque boom shows no sign of abating, especially in London where the revived popularity of burlesque has been one of the last decade’s most eye-catching – and enduring – cultural trends. Which makes London a fitting place to celebrate the twisted glamour of neo-burlesque in all its titillating twenty-first century glory. The London Burlesque Festival brings together a sparkling array of neo-burlesque talent from across the globe to present an eye-opening insight into world’s latest and greatest vaudeville acts. Brought to you by London’s King of Burlesque, Chaz Royal, the festival was originally planned as a weekend-long celebration but has evolved into a two-week extravaganza spread across a variety of the city’s best venues. This year LBF’s devilish platter of raunchy striptease and weird and wonderful cabaret can be encountered in more venues than ever before. Taking in Dingwalls, The Grand Hall, Kings Cross, Fiddlers Elbow, Bush Hall and Conway Hall, the festival boasts a program that aims to showcase the sheer diversity of today’s burlesque scene. Commencing and concluding with two glittering balls and packing an abundance of glitz and garter filled events in between, this year’s London Burlesque Festival promises a fortnight of unforgettable thrills and frills that will delight anyone who’s happy to leave their inhibitions at the door.
When Michael Flatley created Riverdance back in 1994, he changed the face of Irish Dance forever. He then took things further with the critically acclaimed Lord of the Dance, which he debuted at the Point Theatre in Dublin in 1996 before taking it all over the world. The name Michael Flatley and his Lord of the Dance brand are internationally recognised and stand for spectacular artistry and grand scale productions. As well as Lord of the Dance, Michael has created, directed and produced several other hugely successful shows including Feet of Flames and Celtic Tiger. All of which break the mould of more traditional Irish Dancing by incorporating upper body movement and creating edgy rhythm patterns. With Lord of the Dance; Dangerous Games, Michael has entered the world of art where he elegantly portrays the fluid movement of dance on canvas. The spectacular result of the dance is a unique and inspiring visual display.
The BBC’s ever-popular dancing show returns to the O2 Arena fresh from another great series that proved yet again how smitten the nation has become with the spectacle of celebrity pairings exploring a variety of exotic dance moves. Once again the glitz and glamour of the TV show will be brought to life on the O2 stage courtesy of director Craig Revel Horwood who will also take his customary role on the judging panel alongside a brand new judging team including the winners of the 2008 BBC1 Strictly series Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup. The show follows the same format as the TV show, complete with the plenty of characterful critiquing from the judges. This year’s lineup adds Simon Webbe and Scott Mills from this year’s show to an all-star assemblage of celebrities from series gone by including Frankie Bridge, Thom Evans, Caroline Flack, Mark Wright and Alison Hammond. Zoe Ball will preside over events as host.