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A dance-theatre production The Village sees 5 people gather on a hill looking down on the townland where they all grew up. As they watch the lights go out over the village, it’s not clear what draws them back home, what brings them together in this place now, and what connects them, other than The Village. Each character seems to be on a sort of pilgrimage. There is a palpable undercurrent of unease and the undeniable coincidence that they all find themselves on the same hill at the same time reinforces this.
Established in 2010 by Breandán de Gallaí, Ériu Dance Company promotes Irish dance as a living, ever-evolving tradition. Exploring the traditional aesthetic, and exploiting the untapped poetic and dramatic possibilities of the genre, the company creates new work that educates, surprises and inspires.
In collaboration with a range of artistic disciplines, and drawing inspiration from complex social issues, Ériu challenges preconceptions of what Irish dance is, and can address. Ériu continually celebrates – and pushes the boundaries of – the Irish dance tradition, with a view to challenging and developing audiences for the dance form, nationally and internationally.