Siamsa Tíre



With the National Folk Theatre

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Experience the 'best dance party in town' as ANAM returns to Siamsa Tíre following its successful Irish tour last year.

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 a proponent of the Modern Irish Dance style.

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.


Siamsa Tíre is situated in the capital of County Kerry - Tralee.  Tralee is an ideal location for exploring the beauties of world famous County Kerry. Check out our Accommodation and Dining sections under the Your Visit tab on this website.

Don’t forget you can book an Early Bird meal in our local restaurants. Present your ticket for the performance to get a special Siamsa Deal!

You can book this event online or you can phone the Siamsa Tíre Box Office on: +353 (0)66 7123055 for bookings and further details.

★★★★ ‘…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