Synopses & Reviews
This book provides the first critical and contextual study of contemporary and historical dance theatre in Ireland. Since the arrival of the traditional dance spectacular Riverdance in 1994, Irish dance has not only become a topic of global interest, but also a subject of heated debate. The emergence of companies such as CoisCéim Dance Theatre and Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre in the mid-1990s marked an important turning point in Irish dance practice that once again provoked a re-thinking of the perception of the dancing body and its position within Irish performance culture. McGrath's study examines how groundbreaking dance theatre works have tackled some of the most urgent and difficult socio-political and cultural questions in Ireland, and how in doing so they have re-imagined seemingly hermetic narratives of oppression and limiting definitions of 'Irish' corporeality. This study provides a timely reading of these revolutionary moves.
Dance theatre has become a site of transformation in the Irish performance landscape. This book conducts a socio-political and cultural reading of dance theatre practice in Ireland from Yeats' dance plays at the start of the 20th century to Celtic-Tiger-era works of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and CoisCeim Dance Theatre at the start of the 21st."
About the Author
AOIFE McGRATH is Lecturer in the Drama Department at Queen's University Belfast and recently completed her doctoral studies at Trinity College Dublin. She is a Trinity College Dublin gold medallist and the winner of the Irish Society of Theatre Research's inaugural New Scholar's Prize (2011). She is a dancer and choreographer and has worked as the dance adviser for the Irish Arts Council.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Danced Precedents from Yeats to Davis
Genre Debates: the Dance and the Bathwater
Choreographing Narratives: Buried Bodies and Constitutive Stories in The Bull and Ballads
Choreographing the Unanticipated: Death, Hope and Verticality in Giselle and The Rite of SpringChoreographing Dissensus: Dodgems and Roundabouts
Concluding Thoughts and Future Moves