Draíocht was delighted to support our colleagues in Ballet Ireland last week as they filmed their latest production ‘Strokes Through the Tail’ on our Main Stage, for release later this Summer/Autumn 2021.
Internationally acclaimed Irish choreographer Marguerite Donlon
created Strokes Through the Tail for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2005, finding inspiration in Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 to make a work for six performers that combines virtuosic dancing with buckets of humour and a delightful hint of irreverence. “The dancers perform like black-and-white music notes moving in space,” she says, “at first clearly personifying the music, but as the piece develops these notes/dancers become six very strong and individual personalities.”
Critics have raved about the piece’s “exquisite choreography performed to timeless music” (Chicago Sun-Times), with the Chicago Tribune remarking, “The whinnying Mozart depicted in Amadeus would have enjoyed a good horse-laugh at Donlon’s piece... Donlon is unafraid to go against the grain of the music, creating a counterpoint of delicious, never malicious, irony.”
In May 2016, Marguerite Donlon's 'Strokes Through The Tail' was also performed by renowned dancer Svetlana Zakharova at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.
The filmed work will be available online later this Summer/Autumn.
Stay tuned for more info soon on Ballet Ireland's website.
As with all projects during Covid-19, both Draíocht & Ballet Ireland’s team members worked within the required H&S guidelines.
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