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Attention Dublin-based dancers and movers: Where will you be next Thursday, 14 March at around 6.30pm? Oh yes, at the Culture Box in Temple Bar for a deadly disco session with a twist as part of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival!

Trip-nós – it’s disco but not as you know it. Experience a completely unique dance experiment mixing Ireland’s indigenous ‘sean-nós’ dance with contemporary disco-inspired moves. Trip-nós is a live performance / workshop mixing sean-nós and contemporary dance with electronic music.

Trip-nós invites you to kick loose and perform using a fusion of tradition and electronic art forms. 3 dancers bring you on a journey where two styles collide resulting in an outrageous 80’s themed dance-off! Dress to impress.

How does it work? It’s simple. First the Trip-Nós gang do their thaaang and then participants must choose which style of dance they would like to ‘represent’. They will then learn four steps or more in their preferred style which will be catagorised in numbers 1-4. Finally the two groups must battle it out in an 80’s themed dance-off and…hey presto…Trip-Nós is born! Expect some belters including the epic ‘Inspector Norse’..yeah, you know what I’m talkin bout!

There’s only room for 30 people so register here. See YOU there!

Oh and it’s free!

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Check out my first public appearance in a tutu for years.. TG4 will air the 150th episode of Imeall on Valentines Day so go ahead – be seduced by the arts! Bígí meallta ag na healaíona

imeall_logoTune into TG4 at 10.30pm tonight for Imeall where I’ll be reporting on Art Clash – an Art class with a twist based in Dublin city.

Seo é mo chéad phacáiste le haghaidh Imeall agus bhain mé an-sult as an taifead ag The Twisted Pepper cúpla seachtainí ó shin. Tá súil agam go mbaineann sibhse an spraoi céanna as!

I got together yesterday with an old school friend, Kyrstin Healy, who’s now working as a freelance photographer. It was a really lovely experience, catching up and collaborating with someone so creative and open to new ideas.

Scenes were shot mainly in the Iveagh Gardens and also at the back of the National Concert Hall. We wanted to mix industrial backgrounds with soft but at times unsettling movements.

I’ve recently been working with Coiscéim Creative Steps on a multi-media, contemporary dance piece on the theme of internet hacking and identity theft. Frame by Frame explores the different stages of identity theft through dance from the logging of valuable information online to the loss of he person’s identity.

Inspiration for the piece was drawn from Jean Baudrillard and Walter Benjamin’s theories on the ‘death of the original’ in simulacra. For example, in art when an original piece is copied or doubled, the original loses meaning or is annihilated. In ‘Frame by Frame’, the main character Olwyn posts a blog of herself talking, giving valuable information online. She naively makes ‘friends’ with hackers on social networking sites and the information she shares with them is then stolen and her identity is copied to the point where the original Olwyn doesn’t exist anymore.

Olwyn Blog

In the final ‘interrogation’ section where Olwyn’s identity is completely stripped from her the following piece of film is projected in the background.

Frame by Frame Red

We performed ‘Frame by Frame’ in Dunamaise Performing Arts Theatre in Portlaoise on March 18th. Here are some stills from the day.

Físín ar chur Gavin FitzGerald le chéile dár script nua, Mac a Mháthar.

Baineann ‘Mac a Mháthar’ le scéal Naoise, fear óg, éirimiúil, ina steillbheatha agus é ag obair mar láithreoir teilifíse. Ach faraor, braitheann Naoise ualach cumhachtach ag luí go trom ar a anam agus é go síoraí ag troid lena mhacasamhail, inmheánach, baineann. Iascaire ab ea a athair ach agus cé gur chlis a chorp agus a aigne air sa tseanaois, éiríonn leis a mhac a cháineadh chuile uair a bhíonn deis aige. Cailleadh a mháthair go tragóideach nuair a bhí sé óg agus is cosúil go bhfanann an tragóid leis go fóill mar a bheadh scáth dorcha de shíor á thaibhsiú.

Cuireann Naoise droch-sraith teilifíse i láthair dar teideal, ‘Dúil  sa Damhsa’. De bharr nach bhfuil ag éirí leis an tsraith, cuirtear brú ar Naoise stíl nua láithreoireachta a thriail agus tugann sé faoin dúshlán ar bhealach nach bhfuil siad ag súil leis …

Coiscéim Broadreach is screening dance films on October 5th which will be the premiere of my film ‘Restless’. If anyone is interested in coming, get in contact with me at sibeal.davitt@gmail.com and I’ll send you out an invite.