The Firkin Crane

Joan Denise Moriarty Centenary Gala

22 Mar 2012 - 24 Mar 2012
08.00 pm
Tickets: €25 Concession €20 Booking fee may apply Born in Mallow Co. Cork, Joan Denise Moriarty (1912 – 1992) was a dancer, teacher, choreographer, founder of the Cork Ballet Company, of two professional companies, and of the Firkin Crane Dance Centre.

Directed by Alan Foley, this Gala features a new adaptation of Miss Moriarty’s most famous ballet The Playboy of the Western World, choreographed by former Irish National Ballet ballerina Patricia Crosbie. Excerpts from her ballets, including Lugh of the Golden Arm and Degas, are also on the programme, as well as a show-stopping Pas de deux from Don Quixote, the seafaring Le Corsaire and the Polovtsian Dances from Alexander Borodin’s opera Prince Igor.

As a precursor to the November 2012 tour by Cork City Ballet with a new production of The Sleeping Beauty, a suite from that ballet will be presented at the Gala, featuring the prima ballerina of the Royal Swedish Ballet, Marie Lindqvist, and international ballet star Dragos Mihalcea.

In addition, Anton Dolin’s Pas de Quatre will be reproduced for the Gala by Joanna Banks, who trained at the Royal Ballet School in London, and learned the ballet from Dolin himself when he came to Cork in 1978 to stage it for INB. (Footage of Dolin himself will be on display at the Firkin Crane.) With a beautiful score by Pugni and stunning costumes made at the Kirov theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, this exquisite quartet promises to be one of the highlights of the show.

Speaking at the recent launch of this event, Artistic Director of Cork City Ballet Alan Foley said, "I am delighted that we at Cork City Ballet are in a position to celebrate the work of the most iconic figure in ballet in Ireland - Dr. Joan Denise Moriarty. As one of only two professional ballet companies in Ireland presenting the full-length classics, we are very proud to continue the legacy of this remarkable woman from Cork”.

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