Shows 2022

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.

Thursday 7th July 2022
8pm, An Grianán Theatre
Aisling Ní Cheallaigh
Shannon McKenna
Jenny Tufts
Sasha Krohn

Friday 8th July 2022
8pm, An Grianán Theatre
TearAway – Suzon Gheur
Martyr – Kat Doherty

Saturday 9th July 2022 – Emma Insley Night
8pm, An Grianán Theatre
Losing Your Body – Rachel Ní Bhraonáin
Like Lichen (Work in Progress) – The Amazing Other (Denmark)

Sunday 10th July 2022
6pm & 8pm, Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny
A Handful of Dreams – Fidget Feet

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

Online https://angrianan.com/
or by calling Box Office: +353 74 912 0777

Tickets for A Handful of Dreams are free, thanks to Earagail Arts Festival.

IADF Teacher Showcase (50 mins)

Thursday, 7th July @ 8pm – €8 – An Grianán

The Irish Aerial Dance Fest begins their festival of shows with some performances from teachers (and past teachers)!

Aisling Ní Cheallaigh will perform her new piece on straps – ‘Dúlamán’ (seaweed).
Shannon McKenna (USA) will perform her new piece on fabric.
Jenny Tufts will perform her new piece on the infineight – an invented apparatus not seen before – called ‘Gan Teorainn – Borderless’
Sasha Krohn will perform ‘The Weight of Shadow’, his work in progress of a new show, being developed in the Irish Aerial Creation Centre.

Double Bill – TearAway and Martyr

Friday 8th July @ 8pm – €10 – An Grianán

TearAway – Suzon Gheur (45 mins)
Imagine a few boxes dispatched on the stage – from which you’ll have to think out of. Imagine a trapeze that comes to life, at times as a friend, at others as an enemy. One quest: to deconstruct the stereotypes conveyed by the aerial world, such as thinness, flexibility, elegance and sensuality.
Suzon jumps out of the frame – completely and literally. On the trapeze, she combines breakdance, tradition and zero gravity in an unusual and unprecedented manner.

With the support of : Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles – Service Général de la Création Artistique – Service des Arts Forain, du Cirque et de la Rue, Irish Arts Council, Bruxelles Wallonie International.

Martyr – Kathleen Doherty (40 mins)
Female-driven, emotionally charged, visually captivating. Martry is a direct and threatening view of the human psyche and the power that religious fervor can hold.

From the raw realness of the female form, bound and trapped in a repetitive loop, to the chaotic movements of a soul driven mad. Heavily littered with esoteric and occult symbolism.

Martyr is a work by Alexandre Duarte and Kathleen Doherty. It is multi-disciplinary, blending dance, physical theatre, performance art and the aerial arts.

Combining innovative atmosphereic design with ropes, aerial equipment, intense soundscape, moveable lights, and a chair. We invite you to enter what may be experienced as a nightmare that hints at current events and darker political agendas.

This show is part of Island Connect, a Creative Europe funded project through Irish Aerial Creation Centre, co-funded by Arts Council Ireland and Limerick City & County Council.

CONTENT WARNING: This show is for a mature audience and contains nudity. There will be an intermission before this show.

Emma Insley Night – Losing Your Body and Like Lichen

Saturday 9th July @ 8pm – €10 – An Grianán

Losing Your Body – Rachel Ní Bhraonáin (40 mins)
How far can the body be pushed before it pushes back?

This dancer is primed for success — a flat in London, a flexible day job, trendy friends and the occasional gig go-go dancing. Her migraines are getting worse. But she just has to keep hustling. Any day now she’ll get her big break. If her breaking point doesn’t get there first. Told through theatre, dance, aerial and a healthy dose of self-deprecation. The truth is bubbling under the surface and she’s about to let it spill.

Supported by The Irish Aerial Creation Centre, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Firkin Crane, Creation Aerial and Dance Ireland.
Performed by Rachel Ní Bhraonáin and Robyn Byrne

Like Lichen – The Amazing Other (Denmark) – 25 mins
This show is a work in progress.

Like lichen, we are also an organism, consisting of several beings, each with their own role, and an important addition to the whole, such that without one part, the organism is no longer the organism.

In this way we want to be lichen, and already we are.

What is the difference between an organism consisting of two species in deadlocked symbiosis, and an ecosystem regardless of size.

This show is part of Island Connect, a Creative Europe funded project through Irish Aerial Creation Centre, co-funded by Arts Council Ireland and Limerick City & County Council.

A Handful of Dreams by Fidget Feet

Sunday 10th July @ 6pm and 8pm – Free – Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny

A Handful of Dreams is an awe-inspiring and heart-warming outdoor show that combines aerial and circus arts with live Irish traditional music and dance. Infusing a specially designed outdoor rig with an ancient magic, this beautiful celebration will connect to the hearts of each audience member while restoring the joy of being alive.

The show is inspired by the poem The Stolen Child by William Butler Yeats (1865–1939). The innovative musical score is grounded in traditional Irish music and folklore but embraces a world of contemporary composition and sound design.