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Town Hall Theatre & Galway Theatre Festival present

The Competition… an interactive feis


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Fontanella Dance Company

An interactive and live digital dance performance where you decide the winner.

‘The Competition’ is an innovative exploration of competitive Irish dance feiseanna and explores the exhilarating highs of winning and the crushing blows of losing – but the ultimate decision of who walks away in first place lies in your hands. During this light-hearted look inside the world of competition, 4 dancers and 2 musicians will navigate their way through 5 rounds of intense rivalry and battle it out to win your vote using our online voting system. Your decision as an audience member will have a real-time effect on every moment in the show and each night will be truly unique.

What is it like to be at the top and how do you stay there? What does winning mean and is there ever a loser? Who is your biggest competitor? What is your biggest competition?

Duration 35/40 mins

Creative Team

Kristyn Fontanella (choreographer/director)

As a choreographer/dance artist Kristyn Fontanella focuses her past knowledge of Irish step dancing and presents it in a contemporary context. Having toured for many years with Riverdance, Lord of the Dance & as lead soloist in Gaelforce Dance, her current mission is to show another side of the complex world of Irish Step dancing to future generations. Kristyn's duet with Sibéal Davitt, 'As We Know It' was an early success, showing in NYC, Dublin Dance Festival, Marseille New Danse Festival, & Tanzmesse Germany. Her latest ensemble work, IN LiMBO, which has had continued support from the Arts Council, recently completed its seven venue Irish National Tour in February 2020. Kristyn is currently involved with two projects for Galway 2020; Plurabella, a solo dance film commissioned by Ríonach Ní Néill (Hope it Rains) and a site specific dance piece with Dansnest (NL) through Galway Dance Project. Further funding has been secured from the Irish Arts Council for her new traditional dance comedy 'The Competition... an interactive feis' to premier in 2021. Alongside her choreography, Kristyn has developed her skills as a producer for fellow dance artists. She believes working along like-minded individuals to present and share their work will widen the market for dance in Ireland.

Sarah Fennell (Dancer) / James Greenan (Dancer) / Laura Lundy (Dancer) / Yuki Noyima (Dancer) / Paddy Kiernan (Musician) / Dale McKay (Musician) / Bryan Quinn (MC/Dramaturge) / Susan Collins (Lighting Design & Operator) / Lucy Dawson (Live Video Production) / Jane Hanberry (Producer) / Darach Ó Ruairc (Production Manager) / Johnathan Tweedie (Creative Consultant) / Shane Vaughan (Live Video Production) / Cherie White (Costume Designer & Maker)