My Dublin Dance Festival picks

Dublin Dance Festival is in full swing and I am obviously quite late publishing this, but I am going to try and to make this short and sweet. Festival program is quite extensive and brings not just local talent, but as always some very exciting overseas guests to the capital.

There seems to be more masterclasses this year, so if you fancy yourself a lesson from some serious professionals it’s your time to shine. I am personally not too interested in exhibitions, but that should not put you off checking them out anyway. So (drumroll), here are my picks in regards to performances:

Jessica and Me

When: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st of May 8pm
Where: Project Arts Center – Space Upstairs
How long: 70min (no breaks)
How much: €22 full price / €18 conc.


Photo credit: Virginie Khan (photo from DDF website)

This much anticipated new solo show is a self-portrait in two voices: her inner self (Cristiana) and her alter-ego (Jessica). Alternating between losing herself in a whirlwind of movement and observing herself with a fierce and unrelenting humour, this is a fascinating exposé on the life of a star dancer – both on and off the stage. This will be the first time that she will perform the show outside her native Italy.


When: Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th May 7:30pm
Where: Samuel Beckett Theatre
How long: 65 min
How much: €25 full price / €20 conc.


Photo credit: Christopher May. Photo taken from DDF website

Authentic and raw, this percussive dance piece explores the similarities and differences between the dancers and their distinct hard shoe styles. Anam celebrates the essence and spirit of these step dance traditions while injecting them with fresh energy to create something new.


When: Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th of May 7:30pm
Where: O’Reilly Theatre
How long: 120 min (incl. interval)
How much: €32 full price / €28 conc.


Photo credit: Michael Slobodian

Epic, engrossing and visually arresting, Betroffenheittouches on universal themes of loss, addiction and recovery. With unflinching honesty, Pite and Young explore what happens to a person in the wake of a trauma.

Five extraordinary performers provide a glossy cabaret of distraction to Young’s tragic central character using movement, comedy, drama and text. With an A-team of artistic collaborators, this major new production has taken North America by storm. As thrilling as it is affecting, it is a stunning testament to the transformative power of art.

Chotto Desh

When: Friday 27th 7pm, Saturday 28th May 2pm and 4:30pm
Where: O’Reilly Theatre
How long: 50min (no interval)
How much: €14 full price / €12 conc


Photo credit: Richard Haughton

Chotto Desh, meaning ‘small homeland’, draws on Khan’s unique quality of cross-cultural storytelling, creating a thrilling and poignant tale of a young man’s dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh. An enchanted imaginary world is skilfully brought to life using a magical mix of dance, text, visuals and sound. Vivid and touching, Chotto Desh celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the modern world.

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