101% Funded


Target: €4100


€4,160 Raised


34 Funders

The Night of the Big Wind & Shift(h)er

By Claffey Christofi Dance


The Night of the Big Wind & Shift(h)er have been selected for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival September 5th - 7th 2013. These productions will be a double-bill, full of fabulous moves by spectacular dance artists, plus live musicians, original sound, set and costume design. The Night of the Big Wind is a provocative work encapsulating the essence of Irish culture with a unique physicality. Shift(h)er is a bittersweet love story that brings the emotional torrents of heartbreak to the stage with a chameleon of qualities and surprises.

‘I wasn’t prepared for my heart to be captured... I’m left with an overwhelming texture to the Irish culture, a feeling of ritual, a treat to the eyes, and an opening to the heart and ears.
(The Night of the Big Wind, Sheena Good, Orangelephant Society June 2013)

‘At the conclusion of this piece, the stage exhibited Ms. Christofi-Walshe’s mind as if it had bursted open spreading forth all the trinkets of the heartbreak junkie. The papers, the memories in frames, the audio tracks still playing, the water puddles still drying– she brilliantly brought to stage the mental landscape of heartbreak.’
(Shift(h)er, Temple Kemezis’s, Independent Dance Critic NYC, Arpil 2013)

We have been working together since 2011 and have collaborated on various productions. Graduating from Trinity Laban and The Boston Conservatory, our diverse backgrounds bring together a unique skill set including Irish dancing, choreological studies, theatre directing and contemporary dance techniques. We aim to create visually stunning work that communicates with our audiences. Our work has been presented in Bulgaria, Canada, Ireland, Sweden and USA.

We’ve previously received support from Culture Ireland to tour both works to Boston, NYC and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Night of the Big Wind is choreographed by Claffey and Christofi-Walshe, directed by Claffey and performed by Christofi-Walshe, Deirdre Griffin and Catherine Young. This work looks at Irish Proverbs passed down through generations. In January 1839 a hurricane hit Ireland and thatched roofs were destroyed by the wind. This became known as The Night of The Big Wind and is vivid in folk memory. Shift(h)er is choreographed and performed by Christofi-Walshe with sound design by Christofi-Walshe. Collaobrators are Ailish Claffey (choreology), Petra Hjortsberg (theatre design) and Jody O’Neill (dramaturgy). In the Irish dialect the word shift has a formal meaning to change or replace, and another meaning in Irish slang, to kiss. This bold work is a physical dialogue of love lost.

We are excited to bring our full productions to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival!

Why do we need your support?

We’re independent dance artists and have self-funded the creation of both these productions. With a lot of enthusiasm (plus a few all nighters) we’ve succeeded in producing two high caliber dance works. We now need your support to bring this double-bill to Philadelphia. We are completely self-funding this tour and need your contribution in order to help us cover the costs of flights, per diems and performance fees for the artists.



Thanks for your support!

Hi all, Thanks a million for your pledges, we're delighted and excited with all this support! Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we can no longer travel to Philadelphia for the Fringe Festival this year. As a result we are going to arrange a full refund to all our funders by Fundit.ie. You will be receiving a credit to your account shortly. We're happy to report that we have been invited to present our work again next year at the Philadelphia Fringe! We just finished up our residency at DanceHouse, supported by Dance Ireland, during which time we further developed the piece. At the conclusion of this period we presented excerpts from The Night of the Big Wind to a very enthusiastic audience. We're looking forward to the coming year and we will keep you posted on upcoming performances. Thank you all so much for your continued support! Warmest Wishes, Ailish and Alicia Claffey | Christofi Dance

For all the Dublin folk :)

We're delighted to announce that we will bring our work to Dublin in September! We want to share our double bill with folks on both sides of the pond. Dublin showing will take place post-Philly Fringe with further details to come. We can't wait to share our work with you!

Thank You!

A huge sincere thank you to all our backers so far. We're delighted to be 16% funded! We're flat out getting everything organised for September. Lots of late nights and sore bodies, but we wouldn't have it any other way! Please consider making a donation and sharing our project with your pals. All pledges, no matter how small, are greatly appreciated! Just 21 days to go to hit our target. Thank you for your support!

funders (34)

There are 30 public funders of this project

There are 4 anonymous funders of this project