Galway Culture Night 2013 – Galway Dance Project presents a series of free dance showings and screenings at Druid Lane Theatre

Galway Dance Project

is delighted to present


Galway Culture Night 2013

An Evening of free Dance Showings and Screenings

 Druid Lane Theatre, Druid Lane (just off Quay St.), Galway

Friday September 20, 2013 6 – 10pm

To celebrate Culture Night, Galway Dance Project is delighted to present a series of free informal dance showings and screenings at Druid Lane Theatre on Friday September 20th next.

Beginning at 6pm, a number of Galway’s contemporary dance artists will perform excerpts of work in progress with live musical accompaniment where audience members will be invited to view the work, come and go as they please, ask questions or give feedback.

Genevieve Ryan, Katarzyna Voetter, Daniel Howe and Caoilfhionn De Bhaldraithe of Off Beaten Path Dance will perform two pieces with live musical accompaniment provided by Mister Ebby, one of which is in the Irish language.  Berni Divilly will also be showing work, which is developing from Siul and is focused on the cultural body, particular the female body and the concept of the dreaming uterus.  An original score will be performed live by Sharon Murphy of the One World Centre to accompany the piece.

The showings will begin at 6pm and run until 7.30pm and run again from 8pm until 9.30pm.  This is a perfect opportunity to develop a greater interest and understanding in contemporary dance practices and performance as well as a greater intimacy with the Galway based dance community.

As part of the evening, a reception will also be hosted by Galway Dance Project to announce its forthcoming programme running September to December 2013.  Refreshments will be provided in the foyer of Druid Lane Theatre and attendees can enjoy a glass of wine together with their dance experience.

Also on the night, a series of local, national and international dance films will be screened Backstage at Druid Lane Theatre.  Beginning at 6pm with the award-winning film Pina followed by the excellent NY Export: Opus Jazz at 8pm, the screenings will run until 10pm concluding with Berni Divilly’s Siul and Deirdre Mulrooney’s 1943 – A Dance Odyssey.

6pm             Pina

A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, in which her dancers perform her most famous creations.

Directed by Wim Wenders.

Winner of Documentary at the European Film Awards 2011. Nominated for Best Documentary at the US Academy Awards, 2011 and Best Film, not in the English language at the 2011 BAFTAs.

8pm             NY Export: Opus Jazz

In 1958, Jerome Robbins’s ‘ballet in sneakers’, Opus Jazz, became an instant smash hit.  Now the work comes full circle in a vibrant new film adaptation, conceived by New York City Ballet soloists Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi.

Shot in visually dynamic locations around New York City and set to an evocative jazz score, the ballet follows the daily lives of disaffected urban youth. Blending jazz and ballroom dancing with Latin, African and American rhythms, it is a masterpiece of dance, with a powerfully expressive, sexy and contemporary style.

9pm            1943 – A Dance Odyssey

An exploration of the legacy of German/Irish Erina Brady’s modern dance teaching on a group of Dublin women’s lives, written and directed by Deirdre Mulrooney.

A forgotten reel of film by Irish film industry founder Liam O Laoighaire immortalized the mysterious modern dancer teaching her tiny pupils in her Harcourt Street studio and dancing freely in the open air in his 1943 “Dance School”.

Seventy years on, 1943 – A Dance Odyssey explores who were these tiny dancers and where did the dance of life take them? Full-length documentary to be screened soon on TG4.

9.30pm Siul

A film piece produced and created by Galway based dancer, Berni Divilly, Siul explores the walk of survival and transcendence across time and space.  Originally shown as part of a performance piece at The Town Hall Theatre Galway.

All screenings and showings are free and open to the public with guests invited to come and go as they wish and enjoy some of the light refreshments on offer. 

Full Galway Dance Project programme details are available at and on Dance Project.  

Galway Dance Project was established in 2011 to support the development of dance practice in Galway.  It provides a programme of professional level dance classes, workshops and events and is working towards securing a dedicated space for dance in Galway city.

Galway Dance Project is funded by The Arts Council and acknowledges the support of Galway City Council.