START, START, START ALL THE DANCING . . .
April is about to blossom with performances all over the country, but especially in the capital, where the now-annual international Dublin Dance Festival (DDF) sets sail with panache on April 17th. William Forsythe, the modern magician of contemporary dance, and his company will be at the Abbey for three days with a politically and physically charged work, Three Atmospheric Studies. The French company Ballet Preljocaj (pictured) will present Empty Moves, I and II, a work by Angelin Preljocaj. And for the following three weeks, dance will be springing forth, from new and old European traditions (among them, Slovenia, Romania, France, Ireland and Denmark) as well as transatlantic imports including Tere O’Connor’s New York company. There will dancing on the street, in the Ark, on the box, in the gym and on the stage around the city! Too many rare opportunities, so start filling the dance card now. For more details, see www.dublindancefestival.ie