It is with regret that Ballet Ireland announce the postponement of Bold Moves. glór Box Office will be in touch with all ticket holders over the coming days to refund your tickets. Please see note below from Anne Maher, Director of Ballet Ireland.
Normally around this time I would be preparing a note to go into our next programme. Ordinarily, I try to share some interesting facts and personal insights about the production. Just this day last week we were on such a high as we appeared at the launch for Electric Picnic 2020. But as you already know a week later, the world is a very different place.
For very good reasons, we cannot perform our next programme. Here at Ballet Ireland we are committed to practicing the best health and safety practices. We recognize the wise and preventative direction we have received from the Taoiseach and representatives of the Government. We take the threat of COVID-19 very seriously and willingly accept any and all steps in order to ensure our health, your health, and the health of our community. We salute all of the frontline staff in our hospitals and beyond, who are looking after the sick and saving lives. They are doing incredibly heroic work.
And yet the thought of our audience missing out on this current production of Bold Moves is simply heart-breaking. I have never seen our dancers look better as they have worked to master the physical challenges of Stepping Over, Strokes Through the Tail and Minus 16. The works are simply beautiful – each distinct and fabulous.
But we will be back and we are determined to bring this amazing production to our Irish stages.We will be rescheduling this production for Spring 2021. Theatres will be offering a full refund to all ticket holders, however if you were in a position to consider helping Ballet Ireland at this difficult time by donating your ticket we would really appreciate it. Alternatively you might consider becoming a Friend. We also appreciate that lots of our audiences will also be hurting at the moment so we send you our love. We look forward to when all of this is over we can lift your spirits and put a smile back on your face with our performances and activities.
Thank you and stay safe.
As part of its 21st anniversary celebrations, Ballet Ireland is delighted to present Bold Moves, a triplebill of contemporary work featuring internationally renowned choreographers Ohad Naharin (Minus 16), Marguerite Donlon (Strokes Through the Tail) and Filipe Portugal (Stepping Over). Complementing Ballet Ireland’s classical ballet presentations, Bold Moves is a new and exciting work in an evening of dance filled with startling energy, humour and fun.
Featuring an eclectic score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, techno to traditional Israeli music, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 uses improvisation and his acclaimed “Gaga” method, a unique movement language. As former Artistic Director of the Batsheva Dance Company, Naharin has been hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. Last year, Ballet Ireland were the first Irish company to present his work.
Irish choreographer, Marguerite Donlon, created Strokes Through the Tail for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2005. Ms Donlon found inspiration in Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 to create a work for six dancers that combines virtuosic dancing with buckets of humour and a delightful hint of irreverence, it’s definitely a crowd pleaser.
Created for Charlotte Ballet (USA) in 2018, Filipe Portugal’s Stepping Over is set to parts of Philip Glass’ “Tirol” Piano Concerto. Women fall or swoon into guys’ arms; couples move through positions that are sensuous and chastely romantic by turns. Bodies stay flexible, pliant, almost melting into place. The piece wowed audiences when it made it’s North American premiere.
…they move in such heart-pounding, foot-thumping unison their intensity proves as satisfying to watch as the more refined and thoughtful steps later on. ★★★★ 4 Stars – Irish Times
Ballet Ireland is Ireland’s only professional ballet company, bringing new narrative-led ballets to Irish audiences each Spring and Autumn. The company was founded in 1998, and has been funded by the Arts Council of Ireland since 1999. To date, Ballet Ireland has mounted over 30 seasons of work, and their activities – which also include summer schools and professional workshops – have had a profound impact on the landscape of ballet in Ireland.