SpringMoves Dance Festival stands with Apartheid Free Dance. See the statement from the Dance Community Ireland.

An energetic celebration of dance in Wexford, centered around the National Opera House and moving out onto the streets of Wexford Town!

The festival is an opportunity for Wexford locals to engage with national and international dance artists and companies and to discover new dance in our communities. SMDF is a resource for professional dance artists and dance practitioners and a meeting place for creative research and collaboration.

Saturday May 11th 2024 – Festival Day

SpringMoves Dance Festival Day brings together DANCE in all its exciting and touching forms to Wexford Town and County. The Festival holds a wide range of dances, from the traditional Sean-nós and Ceili up to the Contemporary and Street. We are inviting audiences of all ages and levels to come, enjoy and perhaps participate in a day full of dance.

Festival Day Programme

Dance workshops @ National Opera House
10 – 11.30am

Sean Nos workshop with Irene Cunningham
Tickets: €8, book here 

11.30 – 1pm
Ceili workshop with Sarah Sullivan learn the Wexford Half Set
Tickets: €8, book here

Note: To book both workshops for €12 please contact the NOH Box Office on 053 912 2144

 

LUMEN @ Wexford Arts Centre

11.30am – 12.30pm

exciting 40min music and dance performance for families
Tickets:  €10 Adults, €5 Children

 

Street Dance Takeover (SDT) @ Wexford Town, Bullring

1 – 2pm
Outdoor Jam
In bad weather at the National Opera House
FREE EVENT

 

Cicada Circus @ Wexford Town, Selskar

2.30 – 3.30pm
Where Dance Meets Circus & Street outdoor performance
In bad weather at Wexford Arts Centre
FREE EVENT

 

SDT Exhibition Battles & DJ Family Dance party @ National Opera House

4 – 5.30pm
FREE EVENT

 

SMDF24 Festival Party @ Wexford Arts Centre
7.30 – 9pm live Wexford Ceili Band
9 – 11pm Old School Hip Hop Festival Afterparty with DJ Damo
Tickets:  €10ex

Sunday May 12th 2024

Where Dance Meets Circus and Street

Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network – ISACS have been quintessential SMDF partners since 2020. Together we have developed the Where Dance Meets Circus and Street, a popular and exciting annual event that sits within SMDF.

Every year, we co-host artists and companies whose practice blurs the line between dance, circus and street arts. This year the programme brings Cikada Circus to Wexford for a two day event! They will perform ‘Cikada’ on Saturday 11th of May, and deliver a Masterclass in the spaces of the National Opera House on Sunday the 12th.

Where Dance Meets Circus and Street @ National Opera House

Professional Development Masterclass with Cicada Circus
10am – 4pm

€60, book here 

 

Note:

#ISACSMembers have access to discounted rates

Bursary supports are available to participate in the masterclass!

SpringMoves Dance Festival 2024 kicks off with the second annual ‘Dance Talks’ event in the Wexford Library. Walking the Tightrope – A conversation between 5 performance artists living in Ireland, moderated by Peter Murphy, with Musician Stace Gill, Choreographer Maria Nilsson Waller, Poet Stephen James Smith and Circus Artist Fadi Zmorrod.

* Dance Talk is a free event but places are limited.

Peter Murphy – aka Cursed Murphy – is a writer and performer from Wexford, Ireland. He is the author of two novels and several short stories. His work has been published and translated worldwide and his journalism and non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications. He performs, records and has released two albums with his band as Cursed Murphy.

Maria Nilsson Waller is a choreographer, dancer and designer. She co-founded Flora Fauna Project together with Irish multi-disciplinary artist Stace Gill – an international dance company based in Östersund, Sweden and Laragh, Ireland, working with themes around our relationship to nature, environment and natural intelligence in works that combine dance, music, installation and film.

Multi-disciplinary artist Stace Gill, also known as The Sei, has been creating music since 2008. Co-founder of the Flora Fauna Project (FFP), The Sei have served as the exclusive musical directors of FFP productions. Signed to Paragon Records, The Sei have released music scores and music videos from FFP productions and their tracks have been featured in various TV shows.

Stephen James Smith, born in Dublin, is an Irish poet, writer, performer, playwright, and educator, living in Wexford. His creations have been extensively published, translated into eight languages, and have received numerous awards and nominations.

Fadi Zmorrod was born in Jerusalem, Palestine, and has performed worldwide with many circus, dance and theatre companies. He co-founded the Palestinian Circus School in 2006, and co-founded Doulab for Circus and Dance in 2017, to work on various youth projects. He moved to Dublin in 2021 and Wexford in 2023 participating in many Irish based projects, receiving support and awards.

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