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The Dublin Dance Festival will present Emma Martin Dance's new work, Tundra, which will be presented as a part of the 2014 programme.
Based on themes from Dante’s Divine Comedy, the work will explore the antagonistic relations between darkness and light, melancholy and joy, hell and paradise in two separate visions: connecting to Dante’s realms as a metaphor for isolation, fear and repression, and as a chimerical place beyond the physical, evoking a vision of freedom and joy, too seldom imagined in our world of logic and troubled futures.
Tundra connects to a familiar story, one that concerns past, present and future, whatever one believes in. We consider our ancestors and history in thinking about who we are; we think about our personal pasts; we exist and try to make the best of the present in order to drive ourselves towards a brighter future and ever after.
Tundra will explore unfamiliar territory in music and dance forms, however continuing to engage and perform with live music, which has thus far been a vital component to the company’s work.
The show will feature a cast of 5 international and Irish based performers and an exciting ensemble of 4 musicians.
The first stage of development with the company will take place in December 2013 with a residency in Toulouse, as a part of Modul Dance.
Emma Martin- choreographer
Jen Coppinger- producer
Nick Roth & Francesco Turrisi- Co-composers and musicians
This funding will go towards the visual lighting, set and costume design for the production, which is an important component for the “world” which Tundra will inhabit.
About Emma Martin Dance:
Emma Martin Dance is an Irish dance theatre company that creates work, which embraces dance, theatre and live music with a strong visual aesthetic.
Their most recent show Dogs won Best Production and Best Design awards at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2012.
To date, Emma Martin Dance has produced 2 large scale productions since 2010: Listowel Syndrome (2010) and Dogs (2012). Emma Martin is the Arts Council Dance Artist in Residence at the VISUAL/ George Bernard Shaw Theatre in Carlow since 2012, and she is also a selected artist within the European Network Modul Dance (http://www.modul-dance.eu). In 2011-12 she became one of the inaugural Dance Ireland Associate Artists and she was one of four choreographers selected for DanceLines 2013 at ROH2/Royal Opera House, London.
“Sensationally choreographed…exquisite and raw” (Irish Times on Dogs, 2012)
Dublin Dance Festival:
The Dublin Dance Festival started in 2002 and has pioneered the presentation of world class contemporary dance in Ireland. continues to present the most influential and exciting contemporary dance from around the world and is proud to show the work of both established and emerging choreographic talent from Ireland.