AN acclaimed dance artist will perform his latest creation in Cork at Shandon's Firkin Crane from July 25 to August 3.
Breandán de Gallaí, artist director and choreographer of Ériu, is a former principal dancer of Riverdance.
In his new critically lauded show 'Aon', he explores what it’s like to be unattached in the digital age of internet dating and smartphones and what would happen if we were more truthful in our online profiles. The narrative is delivered through Irish dance with modern elements and a familiar soundtrack.
"I grew up in the competition scene and was fortunate to be selected as principal dancer with Riverdance in 1996. When I left the commercial performance world, I wanted to focus on exploring the capacity of Irish dance," said de Gallaí.
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. Aon is about identifying who we really are; the me that longs to be seen rather that the pressure of being someone to suit others,” he added.
Although Irish dance is his main influence, de Gallaí's work is informed by numerous genres and particularly the work of Pina Bausch.
As a dancer, Breandán toured with Riverdance from 1994 to 2003, seven of which in the position of principal dancer. He performed in Europe, USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and led the company at the opening ceremony of the World Special Olympic Games in 2003. In 2007 he returned to Riverdance as dance director.
He regularly presents TV programmes for RTÉ and TG4 and acts in TG4’s popular soap opera Ros na Rún.
This production is funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhaírle Ealaíon with support by Firkin Crane, Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, Dance Limerick, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance University of Limerick and Corp_Real | Galway Dance Days and Presented in Cork in association with Firkin Crane.
See www.firkincrane.ie for tickets or call 0214507487.