A megalomaniac film director struggles to bring his vision to life but the workers revolt, the stars take centre stage, and the dancers go wild!

Silent Idols was performed by members of The Dance Ensemble, a group of people aged 50+ who worked with CoisCéim choreographers to create new choreography which drew inspiration from the madcap and theatrical routines by stars such as the Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton.

A partnership project between CoisCéim Broadreach and Dublin City Council’s Arts, Sports & Leisure and Community Development Sections.
SILENT IDOLS is a dance homage to films of the silent era, many of which remain current today, such as Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. Open to people aged 50+ CoisCéim’s choreographers hosted weekly drop-in dance classes across Dublin throughout February and March 2011. At the end of 8 weeks of classes, participants could join The Dance Ensemble which created a new dance theatre performance to tour to venues in Dublin during Bealtaine 2011.

Director: Philippa Donnellan
Choreography: Cathy Coughlan, Philippa Donnellan, and all participants
Production Manager: Maeve Hegarty
Sound Design: Alexis Nealon
Costume Design: Grainne Lynch with assistance from Anna Martin, Janet O’Byrne, Ippy and Jill Donnellan
Props: Cathy Coughlan and Martin Cahill
Costume Assistants: Rakel Arroyo, Amy Gorman
Publicist: Dairne O’Sullivan


READ Article about Silent Idols by Ailin Quinlan, Irish Independent





Past Performances

2011 Tour

SATURDAY 7 MAY | Hugh Lane Gallery
1 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

WEDNESDAY 11 MAY | Donny Carney Local Care Centre
St. John’s Court, Malahide Road, Dublin 3

SUNDAY 15 MAY | Donore Ave Youth & Community Centre
Donore Avenue, Dublin 8

TUESDAY 17 MAY | Axis: Ballymun
Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9

TUESDAY 24 MAY | Sean O’Casey Community Centre
St. Mary’s Road, East Wall, Dublin 3

FRIDAY 27 MAY | Irish Film Institute
Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2