Lïnger - Full Irish Tour - March 2017
The Millennium Forum will welcome the critically-acclaimed contemporary Irish dance work 'Lïnger' to the city with an evening performance on Tuesday 14th March and a special schools performance the following day.
The ground-breaking theatrical experience received stellar reviews and sell out success at home and at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and involves former principal of Riverdance, Breandán de Gallaí and Nick O’Connell, two male dancers at opposite ends of their dancing careers.
Choreographed and directed by de Gallaí, who is returning to Derry as a past pupil of Soal School of Irish Dance, this immersive work explores identity, sexuality and ageing, unfolding through a rich tapestry of music, movement, live drawing, photography (Declan English), and film (Terry O’Leary). The piece offers a visceral aesthetic, the mercurial movements of youth juxtaposed with the more considered gestures of the less young.Lïnger harnesses this contrast, making us reflect on the passage of time and who we are at various junctures of our lives.
Although Irish dance is a choreographic starting point for Lïnger, de Gallaí is influenced by many dance genres, and what unfolds on stage is a new style of Irish dance that is both contemporary and provocative. The soundtrack ranges from classical music to traditional, from tango to jazz.
His artistic ethos is inspired by choreographic genius Pina Bausch and her perspective on dancers - "I’m not so interested in how they move as in what moves them.” By simultaneously maintaining the traditional Irish dance legacy and emphasising the expressiveness of the dance, de Gallaí strives to bring a fresh perspective to the art form.
He explains: "I grew up in the competition scene and subsequently became principal dancer with Riverdance. When I left the commercial performance world, I wanted to focus on exploring the capacity of Irish dance. I wanted to see what the dance could do in terms of evoking emotions, and use its expressive potential to address issues and themes rarely explored in traditional dance."
De Gallaí continues: "Lïnger is a meditation on masculinity, a concept that can mean many things, and it aims to leave the viewer a little closer to understanding its complexity. Lïnger is biographical and it comes from quite a sad and painful place, but it resolves into something quite hopeful. It was a very cathartic experience to make the piece and it’s always very satisfying to perform."
Linger performs at the Millennium Forum on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th March and tckets are now available from the Box Office.