Experience the 'best dance party in town' as ANAM returns to Siamsa Tíre for the final performance of its national tour.
Anam (meaning soul) is an exhilarating, upbeat fusion of hard shoe step dancing styles from US, Canada and Ireland woven cleverly together with personality, humour and superb Irish traditional music.
Co-commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival and the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, Anam brings together the skills of four world-class step dancers featuring dancers Matthew Olwell (Appalachian Flat Foot), Jonathan Kelliher (North Kerry “Munnix”), Nathan Pilatzke (Ottawa Valley, Canada) and John Fitzgerald (Modern Irish).
Anam incorporates a personal insight into each of the dancers and the infectious party atmosphere is accompanied by live music and song by acclaimed Irish musician and composer Feargal Ó Murchú, Mikey Smith (pipes and tin whistle) and Joseph McNulty (bodhrán and guitar).
Authentic and raw, this percussive dance piece explores the similarities and differences between the dancers, each with their own distinct hard shoe style. Anam attests to the tradition of ‘passing on’; celebrating the dance’s essential spirit, yet injecting it with fresh energy to create something new.
Anam was co-directed by Jonathan Kelliher and Sue-Ellen Chester MacCarthy.
This tour is funded by the Arts Council.
‘“…As Anam kicks off and its four male step dancers and three male musicians get their dancing shoes on to weave their ancient magic, another kind of soul emerges. As in ‘life and soul’ of the party. And when Anam’s magnificent seven throw a party it is, unquestionably, the best dance party in town…"’Irish Examiner, 23 May 2016