Irish Modern Dance Theatre: Oona Doherty and Valda Setterfield rehearse Inventions. Photograph: Ewa Figaszewska The Irish Modern Dance Theatre will perform ‘Inventions’ at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photograph: Ewa Figaszewska

Inventions, a new Bach-inspired dance by John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre, will premiere in the midst of Kilkenny Arts Festival’s classical-mus(...)

Mikel Murfi and Amanda Coogan in Dolores

Dolores ★★★★ Dolores Haze was raped and brutalised in Nabokov’s novel Lolita. In Junk Ensemble’s Dolores, she is dancing back at that oppression, high(...)

“We rarely hear Dolores’s voice. The story is written by a male writer and narrated by a male character, and they both deny her existence as a human, instead creating this fantasy being called ‘Lolita’”

Dolores Hazes is not a famous literary character. But Lolita is. When Humbert Humbert, the child rapist narrator in Nabokov’s novel, imposes his nickn(...)

Junk Ensemble’s Dolores

Akram Khan’s Giselle with the English National Ballet and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre provided an unusually lavish openi(...)

The Chorus of Dissent and the Elastic Band

We’re almost afraid to say it out loud, for fear of putting a hex on it, but it looks like the weather could be good for this May bank holiday weekend(...)

Authors Marita Conlon-McKenna (left) and Melatu Uche Okorie at the launch of the programme for the 21st International Literature Festival Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An event at Dublin’s International Literature Festival that was to discuss an anthology of writing about the movement for reproductive rights in Irela(...)

Abbey Theatre directors: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The door of the Abbey directors’ office opens to reveal an almost touchingly Dickensian sight. Graham McLaren, still recuperating from flu, is holding(...)

Oona Doherty in ‘Hope Hunt’

Performances normally begin with theatre lights dimmed or a curtain raised. Oona Doherty’s Hope Hunt opens with the audience standing outside the thea(...)

Pere Faura in Stiptease. Photograph: Rafael Gavalle

The concluding days of this year’s Dublin Dance Festival brought into focus themes that had peeked through earlier performances: in a world of where t(...)

Balletto di Roma’s At Home Alone: a clever duet with technology

Elvedon, Balletto di Roma, Top 8 Hip-Hop Dance Battle Dublin Dance Festival ***** Six stooped figures with their backs to the audience slowly begin(...)

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