Shows 2023

Coming to the festival and want to see all the shows? Participants can buy the Show Pack when paying for their classes, which gives them access to all the shows.

Friday 28th July – Quadruple Bill – 8pm An Grianán Theatre

MAKOSH by Polina Shapkina (25 minutes)

The Weight of Shadow by Sasha Krohn (35 minutes)

Teeth by Rachel Strickland (10 minutes)

When Lives Touch by Hannah Scully & Safire Hikari (25 minutes)


Saturday 29th July – Emma Insley Cabaret Night – 7pm An Grianán Theatre

Emma Insley Cabaret Night

Tickets for shows in An Grianán can be purchased through An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny.

or by calling Box Office: +353 74 912 0777

Quadruple Bill – MAKOSH, The Weight of Shadow, Teeth, When Lives Touch

Friday 28th July @ 8pm – An Grianán

MAKOSH by Polina Shapkina (30 mins)

 A  work in progress, MAKOSH is a dreamlike memoir, delving into the hidden depths of the human psyche and holding a seance with the entities within.

Aerial dance & contemporary theatre blend with surrealist imagery in this production from Russian-born, Irish-reared artist Polina Shapkina, in collaboration with dance artist Hannah Scully, and musician Ruairi O’Shea.

You are invited to experience the tangled forest of the human condition, through the tempestuous personal lens of a woman born into a specific time, in a specific place and in a specific set of circumstances.

MAKOSH – An experimental commentary on the great human search for meaning, purpose, and belonging in a world of dissolution and chaos.

Heavily influenced by the work of Carl Jung, MAKOSH is flavoured with slavic folk culture and soviet dystopianism, peppered with nods to David Lynch, Sergey Parajanov, and Alejandro Jodorowski.


The Weight of Shadow by Sasha Krohn (40 mins)

 Based symbolically on true events, ‘The Weight of Shadow’ acts as a visual representation of a rapidly deteriorating state of mental illness.

It is inspired by Sasha’s partner and collaborator Ciana Fitzgerald, a fine arts painter and experimental film maker, and depicted through enigmatic physical languages including dance, mime, and aerial acrobatics. The show portrays 24 hours in the melancholic world of a psychiatric patient desperately trying to hold onto their tenuous grip on reality.


Teeth by Rachel Strickland (10 mins)

Teeth is an excerpt from an in-progress show called The Monstrous Feminine.  Teeth is the result of a 3-week artist residency at Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, USA.  All photos by Yunfei Ren.

Content warning: early loss of pregnancy.


When Lives Touch by Hannah Scully and Safire Hikari (25 mins)

 ‘When lives touch’ proposes a hybrid dance and vertical dance experience to observe a relationship with ones self and that ones selfs relationship to another. Shifts through states of desperation, loneliness, support, humour and love.

The two dancers dwindle between becoming the mind, the closest friend, the mental illness, the lover, the memory…of the other.

 Relationships become coping methods. States turn into other parts of self. Body moves from unspoken voices.

Emma Insley Night

Saturday 29th July @ 7pm – An Grianán

The Emma Insley Cabaret has been running every year of the festival since 2010. This year it’s celebrating 25 years of our founder Fidget Feet, Ireland’s leading aerial dance company founded by Ballybofey woman herself Chantal McCormick!

The Cabaret will be a curated selection of acts from the aerial dancers participating in the festival, and will be a variety of lengths and apparatus. We want to share what we’ve been working on, so come and join the celebration with us!