Ahmad Joudeh, a Palestinian brought up in Syria danced in his bombed out neighbourhood and in the ancient theatre at Palmyra, where Isis carried out mass executions. Photograph: Michel Schnater

Mithkal Alzghair wanted to create a reflection on the trauma of refugees coming into Europe, the effects of his own displacement from his home and fam(...)

Deep Dish. Photograph: Michael Loizenbauer

Dancers from 11 countries will perform in 40 events as part of this year’s Dublin Dance Festival which runs from May 18th-28th. But behind the diverse(...)

Jean Butler and Neil Martin in This Is an Irish Dance: “We wanted to make this really connected,” says Martin, “to get to a place where the movement was unconscious, and intuitive,” adds Butler.

There is an unmistakably relaxed air about the choreographer and performer Jean Butler as she talks about her new work, This Is an Irish Dance. Arou(...)

Bosco meets Erik Sprague aka The Lizardman in Dublin’s Smithfield for the 2016 Laya City Spectacular. This year’s event takes place from July 7th-9th (Dublin), 15th-16th (Cork). Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

JANUARY Out to Lunch January 6th-29th Take a trip to Belfast for a mind-expanding programme that includes music from James Vincent McMorrow, a live(...)

Feargus Ó Conchúir’s “The Casement Project”: valuing the individual and diversity

What were your cultural highlights of 2016? Angry and articulate, Embodied at the GPO Visitors Centre made a timely statement about women and dance.(...)

Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet: “Deciding whether to watch dancers individually or as a whole becomes challenging, as the they twist their limbs into shapes that stretch the imagination.”

Alonzo King works democratically, and each of his 12 hand-picked dancers receive plenty of stage time in his two shows, Shostakovich and Rasa. His pen(...)

A couple of images stay in the mind from the opening days of the Dublin Dance Festival, after striking performances that are lessons in strong, visual(...)

“If we unify then we are louder. The collective body really inspires me,” says Patricia Apergi, the Greek choreographer of Planites

In 2013, Greek choreographer Patricia Apergi made a dance about migration. Two and a half years later, the choice is prescient as Greece has become t(...)

Sibéal Davitt. Photograph: Luca Truffarelli

Commemorative art is usually fixed and inert: solid monuments providing a frozen history lesson for future generations. A performance has a shorter(...)

The Freiburger Barockorchester

One of the great musical comedy sketches involves André Previn trying to conduct the Grieg Piano Concerto on the 1971 Morecambe & Wise Christmas (...)

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