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Colin Dunne in Out of Time

IRELAND 100: Out of Time by Colin Dunne

Friday, May 20, 2016 - Saturday, May 21, 2016

Contemporary Dance IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture

Irish dancer/choreographer Colin Dunne brings his multidisciplinary solo show, which takes audiences on a journey integrating virtuoso dance technique, electronic sound manipulation, archival film footage, and spoken word.

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IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture
Colin Dunne
Out of Time
Created and performed by Colin Dunne
Directed by Sineád Rushe
"An unprecedented achievement: an Irish dance performance of emotional and intellectual complexity, about many things"--The New York Times

"An extraordinarily moving memoir in motion... It will delight and provoke in equal measure."--The Irish Independent

Out of Time is a solo piece created and performed by the internationally celebrated Irish step dancer Colin Dunne and directed by Sineád Rushe. In Out of Time, Dunne integrates movement, film, and spoken commentary to create a provocative dialogue between his past and present. His percussive footwork is digitally processed live to create layers of sound which accompany projected archival film images of traditional dancers from the 1930s onwards, including himself as a 10-year-old boy. Intimate and playful, the show is both an unsentimental homage to Irish step dance and a bold investigation of Dunne's personal and artistic relationship with the tradition that has shaped his life. Out of Time was nominated for a 2009 UK Critics Circle National Dance Award for Best Male Dancer and a 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in dance. Best known for his performances and choreography in Riverdance, Colin Dunne is a leading figure in the world of traditional Irish dance, and has made the cross over into contemporary dance and theater. 

May 20: Free Explore the Arts post-performance discussion.

Presented in collaboration with the Irish Arts Center

Performance Timing: 65 minutes, with no intermission.

Watch and Listen

Out of Time by Colin Dunne Trailer

IRELAND 100 Festival Trailer