Siamsa Tíre launches its 51st Summer Season with an open air performance of traditional Irish music, song and dance in Tralee Square for Tralee Food Festival
Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland invites the public to join them for an open-air performance this Sunday 5th May as part of the Tralee Food Festival. Taking place at 2pm at the bandstand in the Square, Tralee the National Folk Theatre will open its 51st season of Irish music, song and dance productions, with a taste of ‘Anam’. Join the 'best dance party in town' as ANAM presents 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.
The cast for this year’s summer season of performances will reach over 100 performers comprising of multi-talented champion dancers, singers and musicians all professionally trained in the Siamsa style. This year they will perform across five different productions for national and international audiences every night at 8.30pm from Monday May 6th through to Sunday 22nd September 2018.
This season, Siamsa Tíre offers a choice of five productions including its new show, An Ghaoth Aniar, which premiered last year as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations. All productions are presented through the unique Siamsa style of Irish music, song and dance, and will include:
Anam: a new production that successfully toured nationally in 2017 and was added to the programme in 2018 with great success. Anam is a showcase of hard shoe style dance from Ireland, Canada and USA supported by traditional Irish music and Sean - nós song
Oileán: a celebration of the lives of the community that lived on the Blasket Islands;
Turas: a concert style show that takes you on an enchanting journey of music, song and dance from around Ireland;
Fadó Fadó: Siamsa Tíre’s longest running production, it is an entertaining portrayal of rural Ireland and typical family life across the four seasons 100 years ago; and
An Ghaoth Aniar which captures the spirit and inspiration of the west coast of Ireland through Irish music, song and dance in both a traditional and contemporary staging
The first summer season performances took place in 1968 in Balloonagh School Tralee, Co Kerry by Siamsóirí na Ríochta as it was then known, and they went on to perform in a variety of venues in Ireland and abroad, as well as performing on national radio and television. In 1974, Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre (NFT) of Ireland was then established as a professional theatre company and has expanded over the years through its’ Training Academies. The founding of Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, was motivated by a desire to preserve and showcase Ireland’s great wealth of music, song, dance and folklore on stage through vibrant, colourful theatrical entertainment and continue to create new folk theatre productions, drawing on our traditions and rich cultural reservoir.
Tickets can be purchased for €32 from the Siamsa Tíre Box Office on 066 7123055 or directly on www.siamsatire.com and family and group rates are available.