THE DANCE ENSEMBLE
CoisCéim Broadreach presents:
THE DANCE ENSEMBLE
Made up of people aged 50+
TALKING AT THE SAME TIME
Bealtaine Festival Launch at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin2.
23 April 2012
Curtain Raisers performances at Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
21 & 22 March 2012
Part of the AGNES Parallel Programming
From January to March 2014, participants of CoisCéim’s dance classes 50+ worked with Choreographer Philippa Donnellan on TALKING AT THE SAME TIME. This original dance theatre piece was inspired by Cabaret and Theatre artist Agnes Bernelle, and performed to a compilation by renowned musician Tom Waits.
DANCE ARIAS at Culture Night 2010
Performed at The Mansion House, Dublin at two outdoor locations in Temple Bar, Dublin
In 2010 Temple Bar Cultural Trust commissioned CoisCéim Broadreach to create an intergenerational performance for Culture Night. The genesis of DANCE ARIAS was a partnership project with CoisCéim Broadreach and Dublin City Council Arts, Sport & Leisure, and Community Development Sections. For Culture Night, DANCE ARIAS was re-developed bringing members of two CoisCéim Broadreach groups together for the first time: THE DANCE ENSEMBLE made up of participants from CoisCéim Dance Classes for ages 50+ and CREATIVE STEPS.
Working with choreographer Philippa Donnellan, twenty people aged 18+ created choreography to such arias as Barcarolle by Offenbach, and La Donna é Mobile by Verdi. The dancers, dressed in black, looked fabulously elegant and danced with great flair, poise – and finesse! With the whole of Dublin city centre alive with different cultural events it felt that DANCE ARIAS contributed to the real spirit of Culture Night and was warmly received by the audience at each performance.
‘It was a delight to work with everyone. I found it challenging to explore and create movement, to discover what we had in common – and the different styles of dancing. During the rehearsal period it was interesting to see how people’s movement awareness and confidence grew. I was lucky to have a chance to re-work choreographic material, and to work with such a committed, creative and fun-loving group of people – I’m looking forward to the next opportunity as I hope everyone else is.’ Philippa Donnellan, October 2010.