PICK OF THE WEEK
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.