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Two artists united by a deep appreciation of tradition yet compelled by their desire to break it apart: Colin Dunne takes on the ‘undanceable’ music of the enigmatic fiddle player Tommie Potts (1912-1988).
Armed with a turntable, portable speakers and sheets of flooring, Dunne enters into a creative dialogue with The Liffey Banks (1972). This rhythmically deviant, melodically resplendent album presents a singular challenge to Irish dance’s most celebrated contemporary artist, as he responds physically and percussively to Potts’ irregular, richly textured tunes.
Created in collaboration with director Sinéad Rushe and composer/sound designer Mel Mercier, Concert sees Dunne draw on his extraordinary technique and deep engagement with the music to illuminate it afresh in a negotiation of old and new.
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Choreography and performance Colin Dunne
Direction Sinéan Rushe
Sound Design Mel Mercier
Lighting Design Colin Grenfell
Film Design Jeffrey Weeter
Archive footage, recordings and research materials courtesy of Professor Micheāl Ô Suilleabháin.
Music from Tommie Potts’ album The Liffey Banks (CC13CD) by kind permission of Claddah Recrods Ltd and Woodtown Music Publications Ltd
Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with the Barbican
With support from Culture Ireland
Once Off Productions
CND Centre National de la Danse Paris
MA Scène Nationale-Pays de Montbéliard
La Comète Scène Nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne
Dublin Dance Festival
The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
University of Limerick, Limerick City Arts Offi ce and Dance Limerick
The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon