Ériu Dance Company Presents Rite of Spring


Friday 22nd June 2pm

Friday 22nd June 7pm SOLD OUT

FREE EVENT but ticket needed

Ériu Dance Company present their interpretation of Stravinksy’s Rite of Spring, a dance show that deals with mob-mentality. 

Created by former Riverdance principal dancer Breandán de Gallaí, and performed by a stellar cast of Irish dancers, this work-in-progress presentation shines a light on toxic masculinity. It makes us confront our shame not to question taught social norms rooted in discrimination and tradition, convention and habit. It insists that we choose other paths, and refuse to follow practices purely because ‘they were always so’. 

 We are given glimmers of hope throughout, moments when someone takes a stand, acts decisively and confidently to change our customs. This may be by accident, or against their better judgement perhaps, but worth the risk perhaps, as it may result in hope. 

 This powerful and thought-provoking contemporary Irish dance work is performed to one of the most iconic pieces of classical music ever written, and at its heart is the notion that it is time to break with tradition, to create new ones that can also be broken. 

Established in 2010, Ériu Dance Company is heralding a new era for Irish dance. Breandán de Gallaí (Artistic Director) and the company have produced several works, most notably AonNoċtúRite of Spring and Lïnger. 

Noċ was nominated for 2 Drama Desk awards, “Outstanding Choreography” and “Unique Theatrical Event”, in New York in 2012. Rite of Spring premiered at the opening of the Fleadh Cheol na hÉireann in Cavan, 2012, and was shortlisted for the coveted Allianz Business to Arts Awards. 

In 2016 de Gallaí returned to the stage after a 12-year hiatus with Lïnger, which has been presented throughout Ireland, in Sofia and New York, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it was shortlisted for a Total Theatre and The Place Award for Dance. 

Ériu premiered Aon, a large ensemble work, at the Earagal Arts Festival followed by a successful summer season in Firkin Crane. Aon dealt with the very topical issue of social networking and deep human connection (or lack thereof).