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A new children's ballet by Roisin Whelan commissioned by Ballet Ireland 2022

Hidden Figures




Aodh is held hostage by caution and fear, torn between his dreams and desires and the life he is leading.

In this thought-provoking and highly theatrical narrative dance, reality isn’t always as it seems. Through a string of encounters, Aodh is faced with split-second choices between the known and unknown. Man Down is a gripping new dance theatre show by Carlow-based choreographer Róisín Whelan. Following an original score by Aoife Kavanagh, four exceptional dancers create the evocative whirlwind of Aodh’s internal world. This physically charged choreography confronts us with our own past, successes and failures.

Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland Project Award with additional support from VISUAL Carlow, Backstage Theatre, Dance Ireland, Shawbrook, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Carlow County Council, The Strollers Touring Network and TheDramaturg's Network

Choreography by Róisín Whelan in collaboration with cast

Cast: Matilda Maginnis, Ellie Marsh, Michael McEvoy and Joshua Scott.

Composer: Aoife Kavanagh

Set & Costume designer: Florentina Burcea

Lighting Designer: Matt Burke

Production Manager: Ste Bourke

Dramaturgical Support: Hanna Slättne

Producer: Michelle Cahill


'The Galaxy Of Occupations'

What do you want to be when you grow up? An Astronaut, A Brain Surgeon, The President!

With big ambition, anything is possible. Created especially with children in mind The Galaxy of Occupations is an exciting, energetic, and exhilarating performance that reaches for the stars.

The Galaxy of Occupations is a new production by Carlow based choreographer and dance artist Róisín Whelan inspired by a children’s poem by author and teacher Áine Murray. Presented in Róisín’s signature style of creative narrative contemporary dance with two exceptionally skilled dancers in costumes designed by Claire Smyth, a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework. The show can be presented in Irish or English language.

Commissioned by Tipperary Dance and a Production Commission from Dublin City Council Creative Hubs.

Research and development for this production was funded by an Arts Council of Ireland Dance Bursary Award, 2020 and supported by Tipperary Dance Fellowship 2020

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