Shows & Symposium

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 and parties.

Celebrating 20 years of Fidget Feet
‘Next step – Creating full length work & collaborations’

Sat 30th June 2018 15:30 to 19:30

An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Ireland

This free event is open to all IADF participants and the public, to join Chantal and Jym Daly the co-founders of Fidget Feet, while they launch their archive exhibition celebrating 20 years of FF. Watch archive footage edited by Jym Daly spanning two decades of Fidget Feet’s work. If you have not bought a program on the full story, you will have another opportunity. There will be a presentation from Chantal on the 20 years with timelines. We are very thrilled to be able to share our story with you all.

Fidget Feet is so excited to be able to program full length work as part of the IADF and partnering with Eargail Arts Festival to program an outdoor Vertical Dance Piece. All of this influences the second half of the event, we will be asking the question “What are the next steps for Aerial dance in Ireland and internationally?” To start the conversation we will hear from Shane from Taking Flight, and Aisling & Ronan from “How to Square a Circle”, both pieces have been mentored by Chantal McCormick. They will share their experiences and give advice.

We will end the event with Lindsey Butcher from Gravity & Levity talking about “Creating full length work & Collaborations”. Then at the end there will be an open the floor to Q&A, to ask any of the panel any questions.

Everyone is advised to pre-order & pay for your Mexican burritos to one of the IADF interns at 3pm and then we can all eat together from 5.15-5.45!!


3:30 Welcome talk by Chantal McCormick
3:40 Show Video presented by Jym Daly. Chantal’s presentation “20 years of FF with a timeline” and extracts from Jym reading from “20 years of FF” book.
4:40 Q&A about the last 20 years.
5:15 Food break in the Theatre
5:45 Aisling & Ronan to be on the panel to share their experiences creating new work (TBC if Shane Holohan will join, as his show premieres that night.)
6:45 Lindsey Butcher presentation on creating full length work and collaborations. Chantal on touring nationally/internationally. Q&A.
7:30 End before the show at 8pm.
8:00 Show: LIFTed


LIFTed – directed by Shane Holohan

Sat 30th June 2018 20:00

An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Ireland

“LIFTed” is a new show by debut director Shane Holohan, and features an array of Irish and international artists.

We spend most of our lives believing that what we think is private. But what if you got to see what’s going on underneath the surface? LIFTed scrapes away at who we are to unearth what drives us, and asks if we can remain the same afterwards.

Sianna Bruce (original cast member)
Matthew Horton
Emmen Donnelly
Kathryn Cooley
Aisling Ní Cheallaigh
Beverley Grant

Lighting Design: Paul Edwards
Music Composition: Jym Daly
Mentors: Chantal McCormick, Michael Murphy, Iseult Byrne

Supported by the Circus Project Award with the Arts Council of Ireland and DCC.

Arts Council

Tickets can be purchased through An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, online or by calling Box Office: +353 74 912 0777


How to Square a Circle – Aisling ní Cheallaigh & Ronan Brady

Fri 6th July 2018 20:00

An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Ireland

Irish Circus takes to the theatre in Aisling Ní Cheallaigh and Ronan Brady’s brand new collaboration “How to Square a Circle”. Freshly returned from international tours with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance and THISISPOPBABY, our homegrown artists (Dublin and Roscommon) have come together to produce a new show which seeks to blend beauty and raw physicality. Accompanied by the music and soundscapes of Alma Kelliher, Aisling and Ronan explore the boundaries of the human body and mind in an evening of entertainment which aims to both awe and intriuge.

Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dríaocht (Blanchardstown) and The Dean Crowe Theatre (Athlone), the Circus Project Award with the Arts Council of Ireland and DCC.

Keep up to date with Aisling and Ronan on Instagram: @AislingCheallaigh @AnomalyRonan

Arts Council

Tickets can be purchased through An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, online or by calling Box Office: +353 74 912 0777

Emma Insley Circus Cabaret Show

Sat 7th July 2018 20:00

An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Ireland

Every year the Emma Insley Circus Cabaret show allows students at the Irish Aerial Dance Fest to showcase their work. Whether a piece created during the two week festival especially for the show, or something they brought to the festival to refine and polish.

Tickets can be purchased through An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, online or by calling Box Office: +353 74 912 0777

Forme Uniche

Wed 11th July 2018. 22:30

Outdoors – An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Ireland

Earagail Arts Festival (EAF), IADF, An Grianán Theatre and Donegal County Council (DCC) present Forme Uniche on Wednesday July 11th outside An Grianán Theatre at 23:00 (TBC). Join us for this outdoor performance and witness An Grianán Theatre being taken over by live video projections, music and aerial dancers performing on it’s walls. This performance celebrates the end of this year’s IADF and the beginning of the EAF, and is made possible by funding from the Arts Council of Ireland and DCC.

Il Posto are Italy’s first company to specialise in site specific vertical dance performances, between choreographer Wanda Moretti and musician Marco Castelli. The main inspiration for this new work is “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space” the masterpiece by sculptor Umberto Boccioni. A poetic structure with bodies suspended in mid-air, hovering several metres above the ground, in a new relationship with space. Unique Forms talks about this time, when you can get lost in an instant.

Company Il Posto Vertical Dance + Marco Castelli Small Ensemble
concept and choreography Wanda Moretti
music for sax and live electronics Marco Castelli
wall dancers Simona Forlani, Isabel Rossi, Giulia Mazzucato
text Claudia Domenici
costume Lemuria
shoes Vibram Furoshiki
outfit Singing Rock
Production Il Posto/Forte Marghera
Earagail Arts Festival –


Vertical Dance Symposium
‘Background and Challenges of Vertical Dance’

Tue 10th July 2018 18:30 to 21:30

An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Ireland
Hosted by the IADF. EU Funded.

The Vertical Dance Symposium will take place in An Grianán Theatre from 6:30-9:30pm. The panel will be composed of vertical dance artist Kate Lawrence, solo international aerial circus artists, academics, and Fidget Feet. After introductions the panel will take questions from attendees. After a short break, there will be group discussion and feedback on a selected topic. There will also be time at the end for people to pitch ideas.


6:00 Dinner break provided by IADF
6:30 Welcome talk by Chantal McCormick
6:40 “The Roots of Vertical Dance. Origin and history of the first generation 1960-2018” with Wanda Moretti
7:40 Break
8:00 What is Vertical dance & altered spatial perception with Kate Lawrence
9:00 Challenges of working in public spaces – Q&A
9:30 end

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