28 Jun 2022

Dancer Ella Clarke looks to the past for her new show

Dancer Ella Clarke looks to the past for her new show

42 in the city: Dancer Ella Clarke is coming to Limerick Picture: Jason Byrne

BALLET dancer turned contemporary dance artist Ella Clarke brings her autobiographical performance piece 42 to Dance Limerick next week.

The piece, which is, Ms Clarke explains, a “personal examination of how a dancer becomes an artist”, will be performed next Thursday, June 16 at 8pm in St John’s Church.

Clarke describes 42 as “a kind of TED Talks dance – a creation formed from the attempt to understand what makes me an artist, what governs my practice, why I love precisely ordered chaos and what use it will all be when the plane goes down in flames. Using montage, excerpts from some major ballets and some of my favourite things, I’ve been writing this dance for years.”

Jenny Traynor of Dance Limerick, said the body was “delighted” to welcome Ella for the first time.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to see a dynamic, original performer, who questions and challenges herself, her work and her art. 

“I find her work refreshes and invigorates, so I hope Limerick audiences will come and experience this true original for themselves.”

Ella Clarke graduated from the Perm State Ballet School and performed as a soloist with Perm Youth Ballet and Wexford Festival Opera before radically retraining her technique to contemporary dance and working with many of Ireland’s major companies and choreographers. She also earned her theatrical stripes through award-winning work at the Gate and at the Abbey theatres.


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