“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.