Culture Night 2017

Everyone welcome to this FREE EVENT.

Having marked the late, great Ronnie Drew’s 72nd last year with the mother of all birthday parties on Culture Night, we follow that restless artist’s search for new sensations and old traditions with three very distinctly different artists on this special night.

Contemporary Dance

Curated by Karen Gleeson, this special occasion will give audiences a chance to witness some of Ireland’s greatest contemporary dance artists sharing their new works. The evening will comprise of a wide range of short performances, highlighting and celebrating everyone’s individual taste. If you want to see where dance is heading right now, this is your chance.

Corde Chamber Choir

Initiated by Paddy Demery & Catherine McCarthy and formed in January 2017. Corde choir have been formed to sing a wide range of music including sacred, secular, traditional, ancient and contemporary works, largely unaccompanied & to the highest standard attainable by an amateur choir of 26 strong.

Classical Ballet

The Goode School of Dance was established in 1989 by Rachel Goode and trains students in Classical Ballet and Modern Theatre Jazz from 3 years old upwards. Classes are held in a friendly atmosphere encouraging good posture, confidence, musicality, creativity and a love of Dance.


Contemporay Dance:

Michael McCabe – ‘2-5-1′

Paul Fitzpatrick is as a public services employee, a job he finds a complete drudgery where 

most days it’s quiet, like today. Nobody has talked to him. Looked at him. Acknowledged him. Until hears one gorgeously long true note. This develops to a chord, a phrase, a melody. which transforms his World. . He is released. This is how one moment can change your life. How one moment can bring release your love of yourself and the life you desire….

Michael McCabe is a graduate of Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. His many theatre appearances include ‘The Risen People’ ‘The Ginger Ale Boy’, ‘A Day With Daghdha’, ‘City Of Clowns’  and ‘Pagliacci’ which won an Irish Times Theatre award in 2013.

In 2014, he was awarded an Arts bursary to train with the internationally renowned director Anne Bogart, in New York. He will soon appear in a new dance short film ‘Noemia’. 

Michael is Artistic Director of Icharus Theatre Company, a physical theatre ensemble based on the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq. He sees theatre & dance as a eulogy through the ensemble body. His next projects include directing ‘Collecting Dolls’ an exciting new play supported by The Arts Council, and performing his new one man show titled ‘2-5-1’.


Howard Jones and Zoë Ashe-Browne – Ballet Átha Cliath 

Ballet Átha Cliath is a film produced and directed by Howard Jones. It was shot over the course of one day and uses dance performance, choreographed by Zoë Ashe Browne, to create a visual love letter to Dublin. 

A triptych of pas de deux tap into the dynamic rythms of the city in three iconic locations. 

The film features an original score by Irish band Cloud Castle Lake and was edited by John Cutler, with Cinematography by Phillip Blake.


Howard Jones

Howard Jones is a Film Studies graduate of Trinity College. As a filmmaker, Ballet Átha Cliath marks his directorial debut, Howard also produced the film, This is his second project in collaboration with ballerina and award-winning coreographer Zoë Ashe-Browne. He has worked as a camera assistant on all manner of feature films and TV dramas from Ripper Street and Penny Dreadful, to AMC’s Into the Badlands and the upcoming feature film,The Professor and the Madman starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.


Zoë Ashe-Browne

Zoë Ashe-Browne began studying dance aged 5 in Dublin before completing her training at The English National Ballet School in London.

Since graduating she has danced with The National Ballet of Ireland, The Peter Schaufuss Ballet in Denmark, The English National Ballet and Ballett Vorpormmern in Germany, where she is currently based. Her title roles include Carmen, Juliet and Rebecca (a ballet adaptation of the Daphne du Murier novel)

Her choreographic work has been previously supported by Arts Council Ireland and Dance Ireland. Ballet Átha Cliath is Zoë’s choreographic debut for dance on film.


Emma Fitzgerald – Spring

“Spring” is a seven minute performances featuring song, story-telling and dance. Moments of high tension and drama contrast with lyrical sparsity. 

“Spring” was created with the support of the Arts Council Dance Bursary Award Scheme and Dublin City Council Arts Office’s Incubation Space Award. Special thanks to Ross McParland and Greystones Theatre for supplying  research and rehearsal space.

Emma Fitzgerald is a performer and choreographer whose work combines story-telling, dance and song. Her work has been supported by the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Culture Ireland, Wicklow CoCo Arts Office and by major international theatres. Fitzgerald moved to Greystones a few years ago and is excited and proud to be part of this vibrant and growing dance and arts scene.

Fitzgerald trained at London Contemporary Dance School, one of Europe’s leading conservatoires and graduated with a BA Honours in Contemporary Dance.

“Ms. Fitzgerald…is a gamine tour de force of charisma and contradictions.” New York Times.


Antje O’Toole – Gedankengang (‘train of thought’)

‘Gedankengang’, visualises one person’s embodied state of mind. Mirroring her dance through space, the echoes of her movement turn into duets; shadowing, entangling, but never quite able to shake off an undercurrent of solitude. The pictures are complimented and underlined by Emma Fitzgerald’s reading of ‘Two Sisters of Persephone’  by Sylvia Plath. This dance work for screen combines concepts of musical composition with a physical sense of choreographic decision making. Both images and soundscape become alive and meaningful through the editing process. 

Antje O’Toole is a dance artist with a background in contemporary dance (MA) and education (M.Ed.). Additionally, she trained in dance therapy with FITT, Frankfurt.

She has performed and created works since 2008, working with choreographers and companies including Yoshiko Chuma, Cie. Willi Dorner, Myriad Dance, Ready Fire Aim, Noelia Ruiz and Emma Fitzgerald. Her own recent choreographies include W…Para-re and Tend (co-choreographed and co-performed with Emma Fitzgerald).

Antje’s work has been supported by Dance Ireland, the Arts Council of Ireland, County Wicklow Arts Office, Shawbrook Dance and Daghdha Mentoring Programme.


Liadain S. Herriott – The Lion and The Turtle

One brave, one shy.

One predatorial, one hermetic.

Going out, coming in.

Hunting, retreating.

A mane: a shell, 

A lion and a turtle. 

Afterwards, the lion slept. Paw prints left a trace until the rain came and washed the evidence away. As for the turtle, she swam along all the while, hidden in the water, existing even though invisible to the outside world. 

A work-in-progress, an experiment, exploring the “jungle out there.”

Liadain S. Herriott trained originally as a classical ballerina in Dublin, Monte Carlo and Madrid. Working since ‘02 she has danced for companies and choreographers including; Cannes Jeune Ballet, Opéra Royal de Wallonie, David Hernandez, Pavel Zustiak and Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar amongst others. Choreographing since ‘09, Herriott’s work has been performed in; Belgium, India, Latvia, Scotland, Spain, Greece, USA and Ireland. Awarded ‘Best Performer’ by Dublin Fringe Festival ‘15 for her solo work ‘Liminal’, her interest lies in the use of the body as a vehicle for emotional expression and in the communication of thoughts and ideas, transmitted through the way one moves. Liadain is currently conducting choreographic research, in an ensemble context, thanks to the support of a Dance Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.

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