Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

Tardigrade: bombarding the  senses

Contemporary dance performances can often call on self-consciously meagre means. Driven by a shoestring aesthetic – think street clothes, bare stag(...)

End Game: Arya Stark and the Dying Man (Barry McGovern) in Game of Thrones

Two tired, wandering figures arrive at a desolate place. Here they find a man, slumped outside his ransacked home, slowly bleeding to death. To judge (...)

The General considers lettuce particularly dangerous – ‘especially if you’re driving a car’

I was at the Dublin Dance Festival last week to see a beautiful work called Tundra by Irish choreographer Emma Martin. It’s hard to say what it was(...)

Shacked up: Justine Cooper, Simon Jaymes, Oona Doherty and Neil Fleming Brown in Tundra. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

I’ve picked up the tickets at the kiosk. The match programme is tucked under my arm. And if there were a merchandise stall hereabouts, I’m sure I’d(...)

Dancing in the streets

If you see some colourfully clad individuals stuck halfway up a pole in Dublin this weekend, do not be alarmed. Or, if individuals are wrapped awkward(...)

Review: Tundra

Tundra **** Samuel Beckett Theatre We feel and hear the Arctic wind howling across the imagined tundra of Emma Martin Dance, and watch (...)

In between: dancer Oona Doherty at a rehearsal of Tundra. Photograph: Luca Truffarelli
Dancers in the dark

‘Have you seen my notebook?” Simon Jaymes has a touch of panic in his voice when he can’t find his rehearsal jottings. They could be anywhere. Rather (...)

Scene from Russell Maliphant’s Still Current. Photograph: Warren du Preez

Reading Russell Maliphant’s CV, nothing fits together: ballet, t’ai chi, martial arts and deep-tissue massage. Watching his choreography, it comes tog(...)

Some feat: Ashley Chen and Kevin Coquelard in Actions, by Irish Modern Dance Theatre

For once, a glint of light in the tunnel of recession is not from the blade of an approaching axe but a welcome flash of optimistic endeavour. A new (...)

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