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Colin Dunne: Concert

Part of Dance Umbrella

Two artists united by a deep appreciation of tradition yet compelled by their desire to break it apart: Colin Dunne takes on the ‘undanceable’ music of the enigmatic Tommie Potts (1912-1988).

Armed with a turntable, portable speakers and sheets of flooring, Dunne invites you to experience the genius of Potts as he enters into a creative dialogue with The Liffey Banks (1972). The only commercial recording left by the virtuoso Irish fiddle player, this rhythmically deviant, melodically resplendent album presents a singular challenge to Irish dance’s most celebrated contemporary artist.

Responding physically, percussively and conversationally to these irregular, richly textured tunes, Dunne draws on his extraordinary technique and deep engagement with the music to illuminate it afresh in a negotiation of old and new. His last appearance here was in the Olivier-nominated Out of Time (2009), another solo show since described as ‘an unprecedented achievement’ by the New York Times.

Tagged with: Theatre & dance Dance

Duration: 55 mins, no interval
Age guidance: 12+

Thu 18 Oct
Post-show talk

Presented by the Barbican and Dance Umbrella

Original co-production by Once Off Productions, CND Centre National de la Danse Paris, MA Scène Nationale-Pays de Montbéliard, La Comète Scène Nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne and Dublin Dance Festival

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain


‘Warm, funny, respectful and irreverent‘
Irish Times


liffey potts album cover

Listen: The Liffey Banks

Listen to the music of Tommie Potts that Colin Dunne will be dancing to.

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