English National Ballet kicks off the 2018 Dublin Dance Festival with Akram Khan’s breath-taking reimagining of Giselle. A heartrending story of love, betrayal and redemption performed by the full cast of 40 dancers under Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo, and accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. This is a new, contemporary interpretation by award winning choreographer Khan who is not afraid to take risks with one of the canon’s classic ballets.
Closer to home, the dance festival cheers Irish company, Junk Ensemble, and their new piece, Dolores, inspired by Vladimir Nabokov’s disturbing novel Lolita. Actor Mikel Murfi and performance artist Amanda Coogan are among the cast. A welcome window each year into the world of dance, the festival doesn’t disappoint with the range of work on offer. dublindancefestival.ie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the big names heading to International Literature Festival (ILF) in Dublin as it comes of age in 2018. Translated into over thirty languages, her most recent novel Americanah, a powerful, tender story of race and identity has been winning her new fans and admirers. She will discuss her work and take questions from the audience at the festival’s opening night.
Other names confirmed for this exciting event are Neil Gaiman, a consummate storyteller; Ruby Wax who chats about her new book How to Be Human: The Manual; a celebration of William Trevor, one of Ireland’s greatest post-war writers, on publication of his final book Last Stories, with fellow writers including John Banville, Yiyun Li and Roy Foster; authors Melatu Uche Okorie and Nikesh Shukla lead a discussion on the migrant experience as the driving force behind their fiction as Melatu launches her debut novel which she began to write while living in the Irish direct provision system. See ilfdublin.com for more information.
Saoirse Ronan is back on our screens again, this time in writer Ian McEwan’s adaptation of his own novel, On Chesnil Beach. A young couple are in love and on honeymoon in 1962. A time somewhere between the end of the formal 1950’s but still awaiting the freedoms of the new decade. Their idyllic courtship is first explored but the wider societal pressure that accompanies physical intimacy and sex, leads to an awkward and fateful wedding night. From May 18 everywhere.
Irish director Nora Twomey film, The Breadwinner, was nominated for an Oscar as Best Animation Feature earlier this year. Parvana is an 11-year-old Afghan girl who because she is a girl in Taliban-controlled Kabul lives a life of restriction and constraint. When her father, a teacher, is unfairly imprisoned, she disguises herself as a boy to become her family’s sole breadwinner. From May 25 everywhere.
Events around the Country / May-June 2018
EVA INTERNATIONAL / IRELAND’S BIENNIAL
Biennial of Contemporary Art takes place across Limerick city with an expanded programme in IMMA, Dublin.
Until July 8 / various venues Limerick and Dublin
FROM UNDER THE BED
A pair of aging, rural, bachelor brothers arrive at a point in their lives, where big decisions need to be made.
Until June 7 / various venues countrywide
Information, dates and venues: seamusorourke.com/from-under-the-bed/
Ireland’s national festival which uniquely celebrates the arts and creativity as we age.
May 2018 / countrywide.
DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL
Spectacular, entrancing and provocative dance from all over the world and across Ireland.
May 2-20 / various venues in Dublin city.
Information and booking: dublindancefestival.ie
A major international touring group exhibition by sixteen artists speculating on history and the potential future.
May 5 – Jul 1/ The Model, Sligo.
HEIDI TALBOT, BREANNDÁN Ó BEAGLAOICH, JOHN MCCUSKER, PAUL MEEHAN
Four folk musicians at the top of their game come together for the very first time.
May 8-20 / countrywide
Information and booking: musicnetwork.ie
NOLDE: TALKS ON TOUR
A series of free illustrated talks to coincide with Emil Nolde: Colour is Life exhibition at National Gallery of Ireland.
May 8 / Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar / other venues countrywide.
Information: nationalgallery.ie/ Nolde in the community
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL DUBLIN
With readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings – essentially a hotbed of ideas.
May 19-27 / various venues Dublin
DUBLIN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
Established in 1988 and now taking place every three years with entries from 22 countries expected.
May 18-29 / Dublin city
ON CHESNIL BEACH
Saoirse Ronan stars with Billy Howle in Ian McEwans’ film adaptation of his own acclaimed novel.
May 18 island wide
MY SON MY SON
My Son My Son is a new play from Veronica Dyas inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s learning play, ‘The Mother’.
May 23-26 / Project Arts Centre and venues countrywide
Animation feature about a young girl living under the Taliban in Afghanistan was nominated for an Oscar.
May 25 island wide.
ASKING FOR IT
World premiere of Louise O’Neill’s acclaimed novel. A young woman’s life is changed by a horrific act of violence.
June 11 -23 / Everyman Theatre, Cork.
Information and booking: everymancork.com
CORK MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL
An annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses Cork city as its backdrop and inspiration.
June 15-24/ Cork
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