Dublin Dance Festival is celebrating its 15th edition in 2019. Since its beginnings in 2002 the Festival has been bringing artists and audiences together to share exceptional, provocative and relevant dance

With over 14,000 people attending festival events in 2018, the 2019 Festival will once again be bringing extraordinary dance experiences to Ireland. DDF is proud to announce five stunning shows as part of the 2019 Festival 1st-19th May: a trio of iconic international shows in partnership with the Abbey Theatre; a jaw-dropping international smash hit sensation at Vicar Street, and an exquisite family show at the O’Reilly Theatre, in partnership with The Ark.

On the Abbey Stage

Session, a new collaboration between leading traditional Irish dance artist Colin Dunne and internationally revered Flemish-Moroccan choreographer and dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, commissioned by DDF and the Abbey Theatre

• La Natura Delle Cose (The Nature of Things), a lyrical and hypnotic work by Italian choreographer Virgilio Sieni, former Director of the Venice Biennale’s Dance Department

• Rosas danst Rosas by Belgian artist Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, one of the most iconic and influential pieces in the history of contemporary dance

At Vicar Street

THISISPOPBABY’S RIOT, a disorderly cocktail of eye-popping circus, gut-punching spoken word and mind-blowing moves, coming home for six shows only at Dublin Dance Festival 2019

At O’Reilly Theatre, presented in partnership with The Ark

W.A.M. We are Monchichi, a family show for ages 7+ by Company Wang Ramirez (France/Germany), which mixes storytelling, hip-hop, classical and contemporary dance as two dancers from different worlds search for ways to understand each other.


Session will be an opportunity to witness two highly accomplished and diverse artists, Colin Dunne and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (pictured above) perform together in a work specially commissioned for the 15th edition of Dublin Dance Festival. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui fuses eclectic influences including martial arts, hip hop, Kathak and jazz into his unique choreographic style, and in Session, the two performers draw from the rich rhythmical and sonic aspects of Dunne’s traditional Irish dance to discover a shared language through the exploration of sound. The lines between movement and music, seeing and listening become a source of play, as Dunne and Cherkaoui create new methods of sound-making, ranging from the graceful to the absurd. They are joined on stage by composer Michael Gallen and musician Soumik Datta, who interweave percussive and sean-nós ornamentation into a rich musical tapestry of sound.

The universe of the choreographer Virgilio Sieni could be that of David Lynch in cinema. Magical and enigmatic” wrote Liberazione. Portraying a character moving through the entire cycle of life in one hour, Sieni draws inspiration from Roman philosopher Lucretius to explore The Nature of Things/ La Natura Delle Cose. Director of the Venice Biennale’s Dance Department 2013-16, Sieni created this definitive work in 2008, which will be on the Abbey Stage 14th& 15th May, the first time the choreographer’s work has been seen in Ireland. In the piece, five dancers offer a counterpoint to what Lucretius believed to be the chief cause of unhappiness: the fear of death. Moving as a single body, they create a rich visual poemthat presentsthe masked character of Venus at three stages of life, in a performance of overwhelming beauty.


Rosas danst Rosas by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas is regarded as one of the great artworks of the late 20th century. Created in 1983, it instantly put De Keersmaeker’s newly-formed company on the map. This seminal piece will have its Irish premiere on the Abbey Stage as De Keersmaeker makes a welcome return to the Festival for its 15th edition in May. Undeniably feminine, the ferocity of this rigorously structured work for four female dancers is countered by small, everyday gestures: the running of a hand through hair, the straightening of a blouse. The dancers test the limits of the choreography and of their own tenacity, creating a tension where structure contrasts withemotion, uniformity with individuality, and where aggression meets tenderness.

THISISPOPBABY’s RIOT has set hearts alight all over the globe, and now makes a triumphant return to Dublin to open the 15th edition of the Festival with a bang. A love letter of hope to the future, a clarion call on the state of the nation and a divine celebration and blunt criticism of the world today, RIOT unites the hottest stars of Irish stage and screen in this glittering roulette of the brilliant, brazen and downright bizarre. Featuring Panti, Lords of Strut and more, this is a night of acrobatics, thumping tunes, slapstick comedy and jaw-droppingly sexy circus. “A rose-coloured response to a mean, grey world”, wrote The New York Times, while The Age (Melbourne) declared RIOT, “A wild night of entertainment that will make you want to change the world”, and entertainment.ie raved, “Gorgeous, with glitter on top.”

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For audiences aged 7+, the Festival and The Ark will be presenting W.A.M. We are Monchichi from Company Wang Ramirez. Sharing four cultures between them, Shihya Peng (born in Taiwan and living in Paris) and Marco Di Nardo (born in Naples and living in Berlin) invite young audiences into their story as they find common ground and ways of communicating. With each move, jump or chase, they seek to find a country to live in together, and to live in with others, playfully exploring the search for harmony in today’s multicultural world.

DDF Festival Director Benjamin Perchet says, “It is a thrilling achievement for Dublin Dance Festival to celebrate its 15th edition in 2019. Over 19 days from May 1st – 19th we will be offering a selection of works, specifically from European countries, chosen for their artistic audacity and their creative singularity, as well as their sensitivity to social themes. This programmeoffers a distinctive line-up of highly significant worksfrom the past four decades – Rosas danst Rosas, created in 1983, La Natura Della Cose, which premiered in 2008 and, from the present day, We are Monchichi (created in 2018) and Session, which will premiere in February 2019. We are proud to be continuing our work of creating space for both spectacle and discussion, and look forward to introducing these ground-breaking artists to Irish audiences.”


Vicar Street
Wed 1 & Thurs 2 May, 8:00pm
Fri 3 & Sat 4 May, 7:00pm & 9:30pm
€30 – 50
90 mins approx. (no interval)

Colin Dunne & Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Belgium / Ireland) SESSION

Abbey Theatre, on the Abbey Stage
Fri 10 May, 7:30pm &Sat 11 May, 7:30pm
€13 – €40 (conc. rates available)
90 mins approx. (no interval)
Post-Show Talk: Sat 11 May

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Virgilio Sieni (Italy) LA NATURA DELLE COSE

Abbey Theatre, on the Abbey Stage
Tues 14 May, 7:30pm & Wed 15 May, 7:30pm
€13 – €40 (conc. rates available)
60 mins approx. (no interval)
Post-Show Talk: Wed 15 May

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas (Belgium) ROSAS DANST ROSAS

Abbey Theatre, on the Abbey Stage
Sat 18 May, 7:30pm &Sun 19 May, 7:30pm
€13 – €40 (conc. rates available)
95 mins (no interval)

Company Wang Ramirez (France/Germany) W.A.M. We Are Monchichi

O’Reilly Theatre
Sat 11 May @ 6pm &Sun 12 May @ 12pm & 4pm
Ages 7+
€15 full price / €12.50 conc. | €54 for 4 people.
55 mins (no interval)


Booking via Dublin Dance Festival

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All photos courtesy Dublin Dance Festival; lead image RIOT by Conor Horgan for THISISPOPBABY; photo of Colin Dunne and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui by Koen Broos; photo ROSAS DANST ROSAS by Anne Van Aerschot; photo of Company Wang Ramirez by Fred Fouché; photo of LA NATURA DELLE COSE by Paulo Porto

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