WORLD PREMIÈRE of ‘Aon’ by Breandán de Gallaí

WORLD PREMIÈRE of ‘Aon’ by Breandán de Gallaí

Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair – July 6 – 8, 2017
Firkin Crane, Cork – Performances: July 25 – August 3, 2017

 What the critics say about Ériu
superb: a must-see full-on theatrical show … intensely moving … technically brilliant … breathtaking
The Skinny, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016

Tender and brave
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

Breandán de Gallaí, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Ériu, whose ground-breaking theatrical dance work has received stellar reviews and sell out success at home and abroad, is now back with his exciting new production ‘Aon’. Breandán de Gallaí’s latest creation, ‘Aon’ will have its WORLD PREMIÈRE at this year’s Earagail Arts Festival (July 6 – 8) followed by a run at Firkin Crane Cork (July 25 to August 3).

Former Riverdance principal dancer, de Gallaí has teamed up with a stellar cast of Irish dancers to show us what it’s like to be unattached in the digital age of internet-dating and smart phones. This is 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. With its wonderful, yet all too familiar soundtrack, ‘Aon’ encourages us to throw off our masks, to shed our armour, and to join in a dance of liberation.

Breandán explains about his work:
“I grew up in the competition scene and was fortunate to be selected as principal dancer with Riverdance in 1996. When I left the commercial performance world, I wanted to focus on exploring the capacity of Irish dance. I wanted to see what the dance could do in terms of evoking emotions, and use its expressive potential to address issues and themes rarely explored in traditional dance. Aon is about identifying who we really are; the me that longs to be seen rather that the pressure of being someone to suit others.”

Although Irish dance is a choreographic starting point for the company’s work, de Gallaí is influenced by many dance genres, and what unfolds on stage is a new style of Irish dance that is both modern and provocative. De Gallaí describes his ethos as being 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 strives to bring a fresh perspective to the Irish dance art form.

De Gallaí is often described by his peers as extremely musical and the scores created for his productions are captivating and compelling. Audiences often cite the show soundtracks as things of beauty that remain with them long after the event.

Musical choices range from classical music to traditional Irish, from popular music to jazz. Limerick-native Paddy Mulcahy is composer and arranger of Aon. He was also involved with Linger, Ériu’s most recent and critically acclaimed production.

This production is funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhaírle Ealaíon with support by Firkin Crane, Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, Dance Limerick, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance University of Limerick and Corp_Real | Galway Dance Days and Presented in Cork in association with Firkin Crane.


Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair July 6 – 8, 8pm 086 6000093

 Firkin Crane Cork | July 25 –  August 3, 8pm 021 450 7487


 5* – Lïnger is superb: a must-see full-on theatrical show … intensely moving … technically brilliant … breathtaking
Stephanie Green & Mark Harding, The Skinny

De Gallaí is pushing and playing with his inherited language in ways I’ve never seen before in Irish dance, and in the process exposing aspects of himself and his dance career with a seriousness that feels both tender and brave.
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

In one moment there is defiance and power … a proud living in the present. But there is also repression … a closed-eye uncertainty and vulnerability to outside forces. Lïnger skilfully manages these contradictory tensions that lie at the heart of human identity…. “the work has a universality that resists any one reading.
Michael Seaver, The Irish Times


Powerful, tender and achingly beautiful.” Chris O’Rourke,


De Gallaí has created a new order with his Irish step dancing skills brought onto a new and elevated plane.” Frank L.,

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