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Immerse yourself in movement and music at the Tocht Festival of Dance at Siamsa Tíre

Immerse yourself in movement and music  at the Tocht Festival of Dance at Siamsa Tíre

Join Siamsa Tíre from Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st April for an exciting programme of local, national and international guest artists at the Tocht Festival of Dance 2017.

 The festival feature the highly acclaimed CoisCéim Dance Theatre with its production of ‘The Wolf & Peter’ for children and experimental choreography performances from Laura Murphy, Maria Svensson, Cathy Walsh and Steve Batts. All performances are accompanied by exciting workshops in various dance disciplines and offers something for all ages, whether you are new to dance or a professional. Workshops include creative dance for children, a dance class for the active retired and an experiential dance class for professionals.


The Festival of Dance opens on Wednesday 19th April at 7pm with ‘The Wolf and Peter’ by CoisCéim Dance Theatre. This production upends Prokofiev’s legendary Peter and the Wolf as it takes this timeless story of courage and imagination as inspiration but tells the story through the eyes of the WOLF. Filled with dance and live music, this fun and richly theatrical production by David Bolger gives life to a Bird, a Cat, a Duck, a Boy, and of course a WOLF in a highly energetic original new work. Featuring the extraordinary pianist Conor Linehan playing live on stage, THE WOLF AND PETER takes children and their families on a thrilling adventure to explore and discover contemporary dance and performance at its best. Directly following the evening performance of THE WOLF AND PETER, the audience will be invited to meet the different characters from the story, and ask any questions they have about the show. 


Choreographers Laura Murphy, Maria Svensson and Cathy Walsh present Triptych Plus on Thursday 20th April at 8pm. Performing three very different dance pieces featuring Biography, Place, Time and Repetition, each piece exhibits its own unique style of composition, humour and playfulness, and though they are different we see the legacy that place leaves on each work. There will be some dancing, singing, silence and food for thought. It won’t be what you expect. Laura Murphy performs ‘Stanza’, Maria Svensson performs ‘The Importance of Shepherds’ and Cathy Walsh performs ‘Time Piece’. The performance will be followed by a post show Q&A. Performance ticket €10/8 or €12/10 including workshops. 

Cathy Walsh and Laura Murphy also provide dance workshops. On Friday 21st April from 2.30 – 4pm

On Friday 21st from 4.30 – 6pm, no experience is required for Laura Walsh’s workshop as she invites participants to explore dance from an individual perspective when moving as part of a group or ensemble.


Old Bob’s Tale is a “signature piece” for Steve Batts. It addresses many of the core themes that persist in his work: hyper-sensitivity, embodied compassion, storytelling, and the roots of dance in the poetics of everyday movement. The work has been made and re-made, performed and toured in various forms since the late 1980s. 

UK Choreographer Steve Batts presents a dance film and his ‘signature piece’ Old Bob’s Tale on Friday 21st April from 8pm. Old Bob’s Tale is a story of immaculate perception told in words and movement. It is a touching tale of man who has never thought of himself in any way unusual, but who finds other people, literally “getting on his nerves”. Performance ticket €15/12 or €20 including workshop. 

Prior to Steve’s performance he will provide a dance workshop for professional dancers from 11am – 1.30pm on Friday 21st April. The workshop will address the central theme in Old Bob’s Tale: sensitivity.

With something for everyone you can simply sit back and enjoy the performances or get moving and experiment with dance in a range of workshops. For access to all events, a Festival Pass is €35 with each event priced individually or packages for workshops and performances. Booking required for all workshops as spaces are limited. For full details and to book visit or contact 066 7123055.

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