Coming to Carbonear’s Sheila NaGeira Theatre
Irish dance show promotes Celtic culture through music and dance
To show the close historic ties between Newfoundland and Ireland, this province holds the distinction of being the only place in the world outside the Emerald Isle whose name also appears in the Irish Gaelic language.
Talamh an Éisc is a Gaelic term meaning Land of the Fish, or perhaps more accurately translated as “the fishing grounds.” That’s what the early Irish fishermen and sailors called it when they came here aboard British merchant ships.
It’s also the name adopted by Irish dancer Shawn Silver for Atlantic Canada’s only touring Irish dance show.
The show will be in Carbonear Friday, July 9 for one night at the Sheila NaGeira Theatre.
“ Traditional dance and music have long been driving forces of both Newfoundland and Labrador and Irish culture,” notes Silver. The show’s Newfoundland director describes Talamh an Éisc as “a unique offering and the first of its kind from Newfoundland and Labrador with award winning dancers and musicians. Every note, lyric, and tap is performed live, without the use of pre-recorded elements to fill out the sound. As a result, every show is different. The most exciting thing about a Talamh an Éisc performance is the spontaneity the performers bring to the stage,” he says.
“ We’re offering a shared experience that involves the audience in an intimate setting. The show draws on the traditional “ceili” - the social gatherings that take place across Ireland - evoking a time and place steeped in legend, lore and enchantment.
“It is exactly what a traditional dance show is meant to be,” promises Silver, “authentic, live, beautiful and moving.”
The seasoned dancer has toured with Irish dance shows across Canada, the USA and around the world. He is also the artistic director of iDance Inc., this province’s premiere and most successful traditional dance company developing talent since 1998.
Talamh an Éisc promotes Celtic culture through traditional live music and song, accompanied by champion dancers from this province.
Showtime is 8 p.m.
Surrounded by dancers, Irish dancer, Shawn Silver demonstrates some of the steps in his show, Talamh en Éisc, which will be coming to Carbonear in July.