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Jean Butler and Neil Martin

IRELAND 100: this is an Irish dance by Jean Butler & Neil Martin

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - Friday, May 27, 2016

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

Choreographed by dancer Jean Butler and composed by cellist Neil Martin, this full-length duet explores the choreographer's intimate physical relationships with music--its rhythms and arcs, its undulations and palette.

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IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture
this is an Irish dance (DC Debut)

Choreographed by Jean Butler
Composed by Neil Martin


"Her stamina is as extraordinary as her memory… Not for a moment does she seem to shirk the movement. She's stingingly clear."--The New York Times

Choreographed by dancer Jean Butler and composed by cellist Neil Martin, this full-length duet explores the choreographer's intimate physical relationships with music--its rhythms and arcs, its undulations and palette. The movement and music, created simultaneously in the piece's development, raise questions about who is leading and who is following, thereby intensifying, and underlining the connection and interplay between dancer and musician.

May 26: Free Explore the Arts post-performance discussion.

this is an Irish dance  was co-commissioned and co-produced by Irish Arts Center, Danspace Project, and Project Arts Centre.
 
Duration: 55 minutes (no intermission)

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Jean Butler is a New York City-based choreographer and performer. Best known as a practitioner of Irish Dance, Butler originated the female principal roles and co-choreographed Riverdance The Show and Dancing on Dangerous Ground. Trained under renowned teacher Donny Golden, Butler toured internationally as a soloist with the Chieftains for six years. Butler is currently a Lecturer in Irish Studies at New York University.

Belfast-born composer Neil Martin is a cellist and an Uilleann Piper and was encouraged to play both traditional and classical music from an early age. His work spans dance, film, theatre, television, choral, symphonic, and chamber works. A Music and Celtic Studies graduate of Queen's University, Belfast, Neil has since enjoyed a varied and rewarding career that encompasses composition, performance, and production.

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IRELAND 100 this is an Irish dance by Jean Butler and Neil Martin

IRELAND 100 Festival Trailer