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Ériu Dance Company

The Village

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Five strangers gather on a hill overlooking the townland where they all grew up. As they watch the lights go out over The Village, it’s not clear what draws them back home, what brings them together in this place now, and what connects them, other than The Village. They have a shared experience of the ‘geography’ of their home, but there ends their common ground.

... an undeniable coincidence... a palpable undercurrent of unease... can they escape their past?

Established in 2010 by Breandán de Gallaí, Ériu Dance Company promotes Irish dance as a living, ever-evolving tradition. Exploring the traditional aesthetic, and exploiting the untapped poetic and dramatic possibilities of the genre, the company creates new work that educates, surprises and inspires.In collaboration with a range of artistic disciplines, and drawing inspiration from complex social issues, Ériu challenges preconceptions of what Irish dance is, and can address. Ériu continually celebrates – and pushes the boundaries of – the Irish dance tradition, with a view to challenging and developing audiences for the dance form, nationally and internationally.The company has produced several significant works, most notably NOĊTÚ, Rite of Spring, Lïnger, Aon, Salómae and Walls Talk, which have been met with positive peer review. NOĊTÚ was nominated for 2 Drama Desk awards, “Outstanding Choreography” and “Unique Theatrical Event” (New York 2012). Rite of Spring opened the 2012 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann attracting 14,000 spectators. The work received a nomination for the coveted Allianz Business to Arts Awards (Dublin 2013). Lïnger was shortlisted for a Total Theatre and The Place Award for dance at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016.The company have 2 works in development –The Village and Balor. Balor will be performed by the company’s newest initiative, a regional youth company Na Mic Ua gCorra, which is Donegal-based. The Village will première in Galway in May 2022. Ériu is an important platform for elite Irish dancers to develop professional dance careers centred on artistic excellence, rigour, and integrity.

Dancer, choreographer and dance academic Breandán de Gallaí’s involvement with dance is multifaceted. He is artist director of Ériu, a dance company that explores the poetic potential of the Irish dance form and presents work that is explorative and innovative in a contemporary context. As a choreographer and director of Ériu, he has created several works, most notably Walls Talk, Salómae, Aon, Lïnger, Rite of Spring and Noċtú. Ériu’s nominations for major awards include: The Drama Desk Awards (NY); Allianz Business to Arts Awards (IRE); and The Total Theatre and The Place Award (Edinburgh Fringe, UK).He held the position of artist in residence in Co. Cavan 2011-12, and at the Irish World Academy in 2008-09.As a dance scholar, his interest lies in the contemporisation of Irish dance. He completed a performance-based doctorate in 2013, the first of its kind in the world. His PhD in Arts Practice title is – “Imeall-Siúl: A Choreographic Exploration of Expressive Possibilities in Irish dance”. He also holds an MA in Ethnochoreology and a B.Sc.(Hons) in Physics.In his capacity as an educator, he has held the following positions within the University of Limerick: Acting Course Director of the Arts Practice PhD programme at the University of Limerick for 2012; External Examiner for the MA in Traditional Irish Dance Performance from 2004 – 2008; Acting Course Director of the MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance Programme 2020, and Acting Course Director of the BA Irish Dance 2020.Breandán’s professional dancing career began with Riverdance, and he toured with the company from 1994 – 2003, 7 of which as principal dancer. He performed in Europe, USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and led the company at the opening ceremony of the World Special Olympic Games in 2003. In 2007, he returned to Riverdance as Dance Director.His training is predominately in Irish step dancing, but is passionate about many dance genres and in 1988 he graduated from the Gus Giordano Dance Academy, Chicago, having been awarded a scholarship to study Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap dance.He regularly presents TV programs for RTÉ and TG4; acts in TG4’s popular soap opera Ros na Rún.Breandán’s focus with Ériu in the coming years are 2 new works in development: Balor and The Village.