Com­ing to Car­bon­ear’s Sheila NaGeira The­atre

Ir­ish dance show pro­motes Celtic cul­ture through mu­sic and dance

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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.

Photo sub­mit­ted

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.

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