Dancer Breandán de Gallaí returns with Linger to Limerick

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Dancer Breandán de Gallaí returns with Linger to Limerick

Dance artists Breandán de Gallaí and Nick O’Connell in Linger, taking place at Dance Limerick on Thursday Picture: Declan English

FORMER principal dancer in Riverdance Breandán de Gallaí brings his new work to Dance Limerick next week.

The contemporary Irish step dance work for two male dancers, Linger, is billed as an “immersive theatrical experience” using music, photography and film to complement the movement.

Choreographed by de Gallaí himself, the piece is performed with Nick O’Connell and explores the “poetic potential of Irish dance”, attempting to examine topics such as identity, sexuality and ageing.

Dance Limerick director Jenny Traynor says the organisation, based in St John’s Church in the city, is “delighted to present this new work”.

“Breandán is a well-known and highly accomplished performer who is pushing the boundaries of his artform in very exciting ways,” she says. 

“We had an early taste of Linger during Breandán’s residency at Dance Limerick last summer, so I would really encourage people to come and experience the full performance – you won’t be disappointed.”

de Gallaí, whose previous works include Noctú, nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, has, according to critics, “left thousands spellbound” and will likely do so again this Thursday at 8pm in Dance Limerick.

Meanwhile, the Step Up Dance repertory programme will perform extracts from three renowned contemporary dance works at Dance Limerick this Saturday from 5pm.

Extracts from Bastard Amber by Liz Roche and The Featherstonehaugh’s Big Feature and Yippeee!!!, both by Lea Anderson will be performed by participants on the programme. All are welcome and admission is free. See www.dancelimerick.ie.