High-kicking course comes to Trinity

Riverdance and Trinity have announced an International Summer School to celebrate twenty years of the show, says Shelley Marsden

Marking its 20th anniversary, the Irish performance, Riverdance has joined forces with Trinity College Dublin for The Riverdance-Trinity International Summer School.

Participants will travel to Trinity from all over the world to learn from special guest tutors on aspects of the performance, choreography and the Irish cultural context, when they will also examine the development of the music from its ethnic roots through to its Grammy Award-winning success .

The school will be hosted by Trinity’s School of Drama, Film and Music, The Lir − Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

“This is an innovative coming together of culture and higher education, where international participants will gain insight into the performance that has contributed to the re-shaping of Irish cultural heritage”, said Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity.

Seminars and workshops will provide the theatrical, historical, social and cultural contexts of Riverdance, its emergence in 1994 to its global success, and give an overview of the use of popular culture in the construction of a national success narrative for Ireland.

Seminars will include guest speakers such as the show’s producer, Moya Doherty and director, John McColgan, costume and set designers, Joan Bergin and Robert Ballagh, and Professor of Drama and Theatre at Trinity, Brian Singleton.

The Royal Irish Academy of Music will host the musical component, including a master class with Riverdance score composer Bill Whelan, as well as practical workshops with the show’s percussionists who will explore the relationship between the rhythm of music and the dance.

Moya Doherty said: “Twenty years on, the journey that is Riverdance continues, and with the aid of our prestigious collaborators we hope to share some of the knowledge that we have gathered along the way.”

The Riverdance – Trinity International Summer School will take place this August 11-22, and prospective participants are currently being invited to apply. There are a total of 45 places available. Application details will be made available soon on the Lir website (www.thelir.ie).



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