28 Jun 2022

Kristyn Fontanella looks at the space between forms of dance

Kristyn Fontanella looks at the space between forms of dance

Kristyn Fontanella performs In Limbo for the first time in Dance Limerick this Thursday night Picture: Lucy Dawson

DANCER Kristyn Fontanella presents a new work looking at the space between traditional Irish dance and the modern form in Dance Limerick this Thursday.

The American dancer, who studied her MA in Contemporary Dance at UL and elected to stay here after finishing, presents In Limbo tonight.

As a trained Irish dancer working more recently in contemporary dance, Kristyn has developed a sense of being “in-between” the perceived norms of both forms and has spent the last year researching movement that is influenced by both.

“Coming from quite a rigid and controlled dance background, I’m using my training in other dance forms to investigate how to move in an honest way, that still has a quality of the tradition in the movement,” she explained.

“I’m seeking to break down the dance form to its essential elements and discover how this makes the dancer move in relation to the music; a simplified movement of traditional Irish dance.”

Jenny Traynor of Dance Limerick said the resource organisation was “elighted to welcome Kristyn Fontanella and her cast for the first public performance of In Limbo”.

“She is incredibly hard-working dance artist, who constantly questions her art form and seeks new opportunities to discover and collaborate.”


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