Who am I? The me I let you see?
Former Riverdance principal dancer Breandán de Gallaí’s latest creation, Aon (Gaeilge for One; Single; Alone), explores what it’s like to be unattached in the digital age of internet-dating and smart phones. de Gallaí has teamed up with a stellar cast of Irish dancers to bring us a story of uploaded personal profiles more in line with who we think we should be rather than who we really are.
Aon spins an intriguing narrative delivered through dramatic Irish dance with a modern twist, and performed to a wonderful, but all too familiar, soundtrack. Aon encourages us to throw off our masks, to shed our armour, and to join in a dance of liberation.
Ériu Dance Company was set up by Breandán de Gallaí in 2010. To date the company has produced three significant works, NOĊTÚ and Rite of Spring, and most recently Lïnger. All have been met with positive peer review. NOĊTÚ was nominated for 2 Drama Desk awards, “Outstanding Choreography” and “Unique Theatrical Event” (New York 2012). Rite of Spring opened the 2012 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann attracting 14,000 spectators. The work received a nomination for the coveted Allianz Business to Arts Awards (Dublin 2013). Linger received many 5- and 4- star reviews during its recent run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was also nominated for a Total Theatre and The Place Award for Dance.
De Gallaí’s overarching artistic ambition is to explore the expressive potential of the traditional Irish dance form and to use this potential to engage with issues rarely explored in traditional dance. His artistic ethos is inspired by choreographic genius Pina Bausch and her perspective on dancers – “I’m not so interested in how they move as in what moves them.” By simultaneously maintaining the traditional Irish dance legacy and emphasising the expressiveness of the dance, de Gallaí desires to bring a fresh perspective to the art form.