PICK OF THE WEEK
Misha Freshin’ is a new monthly beats night with the intention of showcasing the best Irish underground DJs and producers, both new and established. It kicks off with two stalwarts of the scene, namely Sunken Foal and Jimmy the Hideous Penguin. Sunken Foal is Dunk Murphy, a producer with releases for Planet Mu, Front End Synthetics and Black Acre to his credit, while Jimmy the Hideous Penguin represents Galway’s Community Skratch collective and runs the Alkalinear label. TRAD Pauline Scanlon, Pádraig Rynne and Cillian Doheny Lumiere’s Pauline Scanlon and concertina maestro Pádraig Rynne regroup, in the company of banjo player Cillian Doheny, in a venue tailormade for intimate listening. TRAD Mariachi San Patricio
DANCE YOURSELF CLEAN
Dance is a tough sell for those who don’t know their ball changes from their beats, but three different events this weekend showcase emerging Irish dance talent, and illustrate how dance can resonate in areas far outside of the studio. This weekend,
is taking a particularly aggressive approach, with its theme as Bodies in Conflict. Performances, installations,
talks and workshops will focus on the role dance and movement can play in trauma recovery, conflict resolution and resilience.
Artists, activists and academics will be coming from Palestine, Lebanon, Canada, Belfast and Enniskillen to share their experience and ask the question: Why would you risk your safety to dance in a conflict zone? See ciotog.ie for details.
Meanwhile, Dance Limerick is staging the kind of show that could give Louis Theroux a run for his money.
(above) was created by Limerick dancer in residence Megan Kennedy and is at The Sailor’s Home today and tomorrow.
The promenade performance is based on individual stories and hidden histories
from the archives of St Joseph’s Mental Health Hospital in Limerick, along with interviews with former staff and patients. See dancelimerick.ie for more .
And in Dublin’s Project Arts Centre on Saturday, there is a chance to see work by one of the best choreographers in the business. is a solo created for Jone San Martín by choreographer William Forsythe, along with “a conversation through dance on the unique process of choreographic creation”, again by Forsyth for San Martín and Josh Johnson. Forsythe is one of the people in modern dance credited with pulling it away from classical ballet and creating a more dynamic, modern artform.