The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - TCL Lau­rence Mackin

Dar Wil­liams (above left), for­mer stage man­ager of the Opera Com­pany of Bos­ton, has taken a side road to suc­cess. Highly re­garded by those who like their singer-song­writ­ers sweet on melody and bit­ter­sweet in content, Wil­liams makes a rare ap­pear­ance in Ire­land, so th­ese shows come with a def­i­nite thumbs up. THEATRE Be­ing Nor­we­gian

DUBLIN DANCE FES­TI­VAL Dublin Dance Fes­ti­val has al­ready kicked off its shoes (see what we did there? Oh never mind) with a glit­ter­ing ar­ray of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional acts.

On Fri­day, ex­pect pulses to race (see what we... okay, okay) at Jockey, in which Wil­lFredd Theatre and Emma O’Kane ex­plore her fam­ily’s horse rac­ing her­itage. Eva Meyer-Keller will also be re­mind­ing us that Death is Cer­tain with a per­for­mance that takes a fright­en­ing and funny ap­proach to cher­ries. Not for the faint of fruit.

You can also catch Frag­ments: Vol­ume 1 on Fri­day or Satur­day, in which Cana­dian chore­og­ra­pher Syl­vain Émard presents three so­los and one duet, fo­cused on hu­man vul­ner­a­bil­ity. Emard also gives a master­class on Satur­day.

On Satur­day and Sun­day Smith­field will be hosting an af­ter­noon open air con­tem­po­rary and hip hop dance off, when all-male youth dance group Com­pany B present In­clu­sion of Ex­clu­sion and Alexis Fer­nán­dez and Julio César Igle­sias give them a run for their money with Drown the Road. Af­ter that, it’s the turn of Fer­nán­dez and Ca­te­rina Varela with Ven (above), and Ger­man crew Rene­gade lead an open B-Boy Jam with DJ Dragon, fea­tur­ing all ire­land hip hop cham­pion Tobi Omoteso and mem­bers of Dublin’s Raw Edge Crew. We might go along and show them what we’ve got (noth­ing, if we’re be­ing hon­est).

And head­ing into next week, Bas­tard Am­ber is the first time an Ir­ish chore­og­ra­pher has been com­mis­sioned for the Abbey main stage. Liz Roche Com­pany’s new show re­turns the favour by tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from Abbey founder WB Yeats and painter Pa­trick Scott. See dublin­dance­fes­ti­val.ie for more.

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