Fridays at Noon - The Dancer from the Dance: Contemporary Irish identity and the dancing body - 92Y, New York

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Fridays at Noon

The Dancer from the Dance: Contemporary Irish identity and the dancing body

Jean Butler, Siobhan Burke, Seán Curran, Oona Doherty, Linda Murray, Mary Nunan, Liam Ó Scanláin, Dylan Quinn, John Scott, Mufutau Yusuf

“O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance?” queries Irish poet, William Butler Yeats.

92Y and the Irish Arts Center join forces to present this unique weekend of unparalleled Irish and Irish-American choreography and discussion. The Irish Arts Center is a leading cultural center of Irish arts in NYC.

Guest curated by Irish choreographer and writer, John Scott, this program examines the ways in which Irish identity impacts dances choreographed by Irish and Irish-American artists. What does it mean to be Irish in contemporary Irish society? Where do Irish traditional dance and Irish contemporary dance meet?  Excerpts of dances by choreographers Jean Butler, Seán Curran, Oona Doherty, Mary Nunan, Liam Ó Scanláin, Dylan Quinn, John Scott, and Mufutau Yusuf, plus a panel moderated by The New York Times critic, Siobhan Burke, that includes Sean Curran, Linda Murray, (NYPL for the Performing Arts, Dance Division curator and Irish native), Mary Nunan and John Scott.

“As an Irish choreographer, living and working in Ireland but also looking outwards, I am interested to bring together eleven Irish choreographers with strong Irish identities and work practices: Three from the US, seven from Ireland and one from Nigeria into a small festival showcase ‘New Dance Ireland: Choreographers of Nowness’, at 92Y, presented by 92Y and Irish Arts Center.”—John Scott, Curator

$15 in advance / $25, 2-hours prior to performance

Program is subject to change.

Culture Ireland

Culture Ireland (Irish: Cultúr Éireann) promotes Irish arts worldwide. We create and support opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at strategic international festivals and venues …

The Arts Council of Ireland

The Arts Council of Ireland is the Irish government agency for developing the arts …

Dance Ireland

Dance Ireland supports the development of all forms of dance in Ireland through training, professional opportunities and advocacy …

Irish Arts Center

Founded in 1972, Irish Arts Center is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century …

Jean Butler

Jean Butler, dancer, choreographer, and academic, is a leading figure in the world of Irish dance performance …

Siobhan Burke

Siobhan Burke is a dance critic for The New York Times and a contributing writer for Dance Magazine, where she was an editor from 2008 to 2013. She has written on dance and performance for Open Space …

Seán Curran

Seán Curran’s career in the arts spans 30 years, beginning with traditional Irish step dancing as a child in Boston …

Seán Curran Company

Seán Curran Company’s mission is to promote contemporary dance through innovative performances of impeccably crafted work …

Oona Doherty

Oona Doherty is an Irish choreographer based in Belfast. Oona studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance, University of Ulster and LABAN London (BA Honors and Post Graduate in Contemporary Dance Studies) …

Linda Murray

Linda Murray is the fifth curator in the history of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division and manages all aspects of its collections and public service …

Mary Nunan

Throughout her career Mary Nunan has created a substantial body of critically acclaimed solo and ensemble choreographies that have been performed at national and international venues and festivals …

Liam Ó Scanláin

A former Oireachtas na Gaeilge winner, and a masters graduate of the Irish World Academy, Liam was named Dance Ireland Associate Artist in 2016 …

Dylan Quinn

Dylan Quinn has been working as a choreographer, dance artist and facilitator for over 20 years …

John Scott

John Scott is a Dublin-born, choreographer, performer, singer, founder and Artistic Director of John Scott Dance …

Mufutau Yusuf

Mufutau Yusuf was born in 1993 in Nigeria. He moved to Ireland at nine and in 2011 joined Mariam Ribon’s Dublin Youth Dance Company where he danced for two years …