Sitting in-between the two worlds of traditional and contemporary, IN LiMBO takes a journey where few have gone within Irish step dancing. The four live musicians and ensemble of six dancers have taken the basics of what makes the tradition so attractive and translated it into a new but still recognizable language of music and dance. This production introduces the audience to another possibility within a dance form that they though they already knew.
The creative life of an Irish dancer is relatively undeveloped past competition and show dancing – Kristyn Fontanella believes that many Irish dancers shy away from questioning the established norms of their dance form. The questions the company has asked and the ideas they explore through this piece are vital to the ongoing life and development of traditional Irish dance.
“Take whatever chance you can to see this: whether you know dance or not, you’ll find something new.” Laura Cummings, Limerick Fringe 2017
Kristyn Fontanella has established herself as a leading choreographer in the development of Irish step dance and continues to evolve an instantly recognizable style which focuses on exploring her vast knowledge of Irish Step dancing within a contemporary context. Her mission is to show another side of the complex world of Irish Step dancing to future generations of Irish step dancers. This is a specialised niche genre in which few artists are working currently. She wants her work to be a new way of thinking about Irish Step dancing and for the audience to find the familiar of the old within the new.
IN LiMBO has received support from the Irish Arts Council through multiple awards, This tour is possible by the Touring Grant from the Irish Arts Council. Further support from Dance Limerick, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Galway Dance Project, Backstage Theatre, Roscommon Arts Centre and Galway County Council.