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Tickets on sale for National Tour of Anam

Tickets on sale for National Tour of Anam

The National Folk Theatre announced ticket availability for its national tour of Anam in eight venues across Ireland from September 13th – 23rd. Don’t miss this infectiously spirited dance party!

Tickets are now available for the national tour of Anam presented by the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. 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. This tour will include eight venues – An Grianán Letterkenny (13th Sept), Backstage Theatre Longford (14th Sept), Lime Tree Theatre Limerick (15th Sept), Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire (16th Sept), Town Hall Theatre Galway (20th Sept), glór Ennis (21st Sept), Dunamaise Arts Centre Port Laoise (22nd Sept - Culture Night). The final performance of the tour will be in Siamsa Tíre Tralee, the home of the National Folk Theatre on 23rd Sept.  Don’t miss the 'best dance party in town!'.  

Co-commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival and The National Folk Theatre of Ireland, Anam debuted at the 2016 Dublin Dance Festival and received enthusiastic reviews and audience reaction which lead to funding from the Arts Council for the Irish tour. The production features 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, Mikie 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. 

Jonathan Kelliher, Co-Director of Anam and Artistic Director of the National Folk Theatre of Ireland comments, “It is a great honour for me to once again perform on stage with this great cast.  We had such great fun creating this piece and I am delighted to now be able to share this experience with people in every corner of the country. The personalities and background of each of us is what makes this a special production.  Each performer brings with him, a long history of who he is and what made him the dancer, singer or musician he is today.  Following such a positive reaction to our performance at the Dublin dance festival, we are all excited to be back performing together again showcasing the expertise, history and craic of these similar yet different dance forms in a toe-tapping evening of entertainment to audiences across Ireland.”

Anam was co-directed by Jonathan Kelliher and Sue-Ellen Chester MacCarthy.  This tour is funded by the Arts Council.  For further information on the tour visit:

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