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My doco Damhsa na hEigeandala/ Dance Emergency is on TG4 again tonight!

TG4 SPLANC ARTS DOCUMENTARY (funded by TG4 & ARTS COUNCIL)
9.30pm, TG4, Wednesday July 8th, 2015

Against the backdrop of seldom-seen 1940’s bohemian Dublin, and suspicions of Nazi espionage, we recount an Irish-German artist’s forgotten struggle to bring Modern Dance/ German Ausdruckstanz to a conservative, inchoate Ireland that was not yet ready for it.  ERINA BRADY is interpreted beautifully by the great Olwen Fouéré. Choreographed by Jessica Kennedy (of Junk Ensemble), with an original score by Conor Linehan, we frame Brady’s legacy in the context of the thriving contemporary dance scene in Ireland today.   Featuring Erina Brady’s friend, the late Patrick Scott; members of Erina Brady’s family; commentary by Declan Kiberd; John Scott; performances by Peter Sheridan, Una Kavanagh, Tom Hickey, Pat Laffan, Michael James Ford, Karen Gleeson, Lucia Kickham, Zena Donnelly, and students of the College of Dance.  Written and directed by Deirdre Mulrooney

Zena Donnelly, who plays young Erina being interviewed at Raidio na Life

Zena Donnelly, who plays young Erina being interviewed at Raidio na Life about her role as young Erina in Damhsa na hEigeandala.

  • In seldom-seen 1940’s bohemian Dublin, mid suspicions of Nazi espionage, Damhsa na hEigeandala/ Dance Emergency recounts an Irish-German artist’s forgotten struggle to bring Modern Dance to a conservative Ireland that was not yet       ready for it.

Dance Emergency Poster

DANCE EMERGENCY premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2014, and featured at the Belgrade-Irish Festival 2015.  So far this year, this overlooked chapter of Irish-German cultural history has fascinated German audiences.  The script was translated to German, and published bilingually in TANZ Magazine (top European Contemporary Dance Magazine), in April 2015, as well as on the Goethe Institute website.  Writer and director Deirdre Mulrooney has also contributed a biographical essay on Erina Brady to “Selected Irish-German Biographies” Trier: WVT, 2015.

DAMHSA na hEIGEANDALA/ DANCE EMERGENCY screens on TG4 again tonight! July 8th, 2015, at 9.30pm.