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4 events for... shape-throwing lovers of dance

See a tutu-free Swan Lake set in the midlands or referee a dance battle in Tallaght.

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LOVE THROWING SHAPES on the dancefloor? Grew up wishing you could be a ballerina? Always the first one up when the wedding DJ launches into Love Shack?

Spend the next week immersing yourself in the world of dance with these four events…

Swan Lake – Loch na hEala

When: February 8th – 17th

Where: The Abbey Theatre, Dublin

This production sees Irish theatremaker Michael Keegan-Dolan take one of the world’s most iconic ballets, Swan Lake, and transport it to the Midlands of Ireland. The result is a dazzling and thoroughly unique blend of drama, dance and music, which boasts an original score from Dublin-based trio Slow Moving Clouds.

Come see for yourself why it won Best Production at last year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Just don’t expect tutus.

What Next

When: February 9th & 10th

Where: Dance Limerick Performance Space

What Next is a brand new two-day festival hosted by Dance Limerick. The programme includes a vast array of performances from both Irish and international performers alike.

Highlights include Abacus, a contemporary dance performance featuring 9 women and 18 buckets (yes, buckets) and Music for Chameleons, the closing night party hosted by Padraic E Moore.

Dance 2 Connect

When: February 9th – 11th

Where: Civic Theatre, Tallaght

This weekend, Civic Theatre in Tallaght will be home to a three-day hip-hop extravaganza in the form of Dance 2 Connect.

Curated by dance artist Matt Szczerek, Dance 2 Connect will host performances, workshops, discussions and, most importantly, dance battles. If you’re partial to krumping and breaking, this is the festival for you.


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When: February 9th

Where: Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

Performed by John Scott, founder of Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Heroes combines dance with opera. It helps, of course, that Scott is both a trained dancer and operatic tenor.

Originally commissioned by Carlow Arts Festival, Heroes has since been performed in venues around the country – and has garnered many a standing ovation.

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