Bodies pushed to the limit in exciting dance piece Whack!!

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Bodies pushed to the limit in exciting dance piece Whack!!

Dance artists Ashley Chen and Philip Connaughton in Whack!!, a physically and technically demanding piece to be performed at Dance Limerick on Thursday, March 3 Picture: Luca Truffarelli

BOUNDARY pushing contemporary dance artist Philip Connaughton brings an exciting new work to Dance Limerick next month.

Whack!!, by Connaughton and long time collaborator Ashley Chen, is billed as a “physically and technically demanding piece that shifts between comedy and tragedy, violence and tenderness, and sees the two performers pushing their bodies to their absolute limits”.

The piece, say the choreographer and performing duo, is “based on the idea of obstruction, of two bodies colliding in space, of two performers negotiating each other as obstacles”.

The physical aggression of Whack!! is counterbalanced by other elements in the piece such as the playful music and the young performer who joins the dancers on stage, with the result a rich, layered environment that explores how humans exist, communicate and compete.

Jenny Traynor, Dance Limerick director, said the St John’s Church based dance resource organisation was “really pleased to present Whack!!”.

“Philip Connaughton is an exciting contemporary dance artist who constantly pushes the boundaries and seeks new ways to express his ideas,” she explained.

“His long-term friendship with the fantastic French dance artist Ashley Chen brings a tremendous level of trust and understanding to this very physical, but ultimately very entertaining piece.

“I think Whack!! will really appeal to audiences in Limerick,” she added.

Whack!! will be performed in Dance Limerick on Thursday, March 3 at 8pm. For more information or to book tickets, see www.dancelimerick.ie.