Colin Dunne

Concert

Limerick, Ireland

Dutch Premiere

Peter Hallward

Concert

Limerick, Ireland

Dutch Premiere

Peter Hallward

Concert

Limerick, Ireland

Dutch Premiere

Peter Hallward

An unorthodox Irishman and his folk dance revolution
There are few traditional Irish dancers who are famous the world over. Colin Dunne, however, is one of them. This master craftsman and folk dance ‘heretic’ managed to unleash a revolution a few years ago in the world of Irish folk dancing by radically but respectfully breaking with ancient traditions. Dunne abides by a single tradition: his own. His style is unorthodox, yet warm and unparalleled. In his most recent solo performance, Concert, Dunne dances to the music of virtuoso Irish violinist Tommie Potts (1912–1988), an equally ground-breaking performer. It is nearly impossible to dance to the irregular, melancholy sounds of his delicate and controversial album, The Liffey Banks. Except, of course, if you're Colin Dunne. Collaborating with director Sinead Rushe and composer/sound designer Mel Mercier, and armed with a vinyl record album, a cassette deck, portable loudspeakers and a few pieces of flooring, Dunne portrays the desolation and deviation of the music of Potts in his own inimitable way.

“Warm, funny, respectful, irreverent”

- Irish Times

Credits

Concept | Colin Dunne together with Sinéad Rushe and Mel Mercier
Director | Sinéad Rushe
Music | Mel Mercier
Light | Colin Grenfell
Audiovisual design | Jeffrey Weeter
Production | Maura O’Keeffe

Coproduction | Dublin Dance Festival, Centre National de la Danse, Paris, MA Scène nationale – Pays de Montbéliard and La Comète, Châlons-en-Champagne

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