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CoisCéim Celebrate 30th Anniversary Year 

Film screenings, outdoor performances and St. Patrick's Festival Collaboration announced as part of a special anniversary programme   

Members of dance company CoisCéim Cristian Enmanuel Dirocie and Jess Thomposon performing at Bull Island, Dublin, at the launch of a special programme of events to mark the company's 30th anniversary year. Image Julien Behal


In celebration of their 30th anniversary year, Dublin based dance company CoisCéim have revealed details of a special programme of events to take place throughout 2024. 

Since its establishment in January 1995, the company has played a pivotal role in fostering the expansion of contemporary dance as an artform in Ireland, receiving numerous accolades for their national and international touring shows. Their public access programme, Broadreach, has provided opportunities for thousands of people across Ireland to participate in creative dance. 

Speaking at the anniversary launch, CoisCéim’s Co-founder and Artistic Director, David Bolger, encouraged the public to explore this year’s programme of events and experience the power of dance:

"As we share our 30th anniversary programme, we are filled with gratitude for everyone who has supported us on this incredible journey. We have an exhilarating line-up of events planned for the year ahead which includes three world premieres, a nationwide tour and a momentous collaboration with St. Patrick's Festival. We will also be building our collaboration with Waterways Ireland, and devising more inventive and inclusive ways for people to dance with us through our Broadreach programme. I wholeheartedly encourage you to visit our new website, explore our events, and come revel in the joy and transformative power of dance."

St. Patrick's Festival Collaboration

As part of their anniversary programme CoisCéim have announced details of a partnership with this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival. The collaboration will include the world premiere of a captivating new dance production, entitled Palimpsest. The show will take place at The Complex Dublin, as part of the festival's innovative One City Programme and marks the culmination of the Arts Council of Ireland’s, ART:2023, decade of centenaries. Tickets for the event will go on sale January 22.

In parallel with PALIMPSEST, CoisCéim Broadreach presents “Sparking Debate”, a multifaceted programme to provoke dialogue around Irish identity, hospitality and sovereignty.  Activities include an original dance pageant during the festival parade featuring over 60 talented young adults from various community groups and a series of curated thought-provoking physical debates during the festival weekend.

Over at Collins Barracks, as part of the Festival's family programme, CoisCéim is set to host "Francis Footwork", a mesmerising 3-D VR experience. Hailed as Ireland's pioneer virtual reality dance theatre production, this 180-degree VR dance presentation promises to captivate audiences of all ages.

Speaking at the announcement Richard Tierney, St. Patrick’s Festival CEO, encouraged the public to come and be inspired:

"We are absolutely thrilled to join forces with the incredible CoisCéim for what promises to be an unforgettable collaboration. St. Patrick's Festival serves not just as an homage to our rich Irish heritage, but also as a compelling celebration of the vibrant tapestry of contemporary Irish culture. Renowned as masterful storytellers, CoisCéim are set to wow audiences with their awe-inspiring performances, adding an enchanting layer to this year's programme in Collins Barracks”.

Programme Highlights

Also announced as part of CoisCéim’s 30th year anniversary programme are the exciting details of Breakin’ Brothers, a compelling new dance film showcasing the journey of two young immigrants to Ireland as they harness the power of breakdancing to overcome adversity. This innovative piece, produced for RTÉ and the Broadcast Authority of Ireland in collaboration with Wildfire films, will captivate audiences at its world premiere at one of Ireland’s leading film festivals this Spring.

Waterways Ireland is teaming up with CoisCéim once again to build on the successful Bench collaboration - so watch out for a new series of captivating outdoor dance performances along the canal banks of Dublin this summer, offering a spectacular experience that is free for all to enjoy.  Now in its 21st iteration, CoisCéim Broadreach’s Choreography Project is set to thrill and empower bringing together dance enthusiasts with esteemed choreographer, Philip Connaughton. This initiative  aims to foster individual and collective creativity in an exploration of contemporary performance, while providing invaluable insights from a seasoned professional in the field.

In Autumn 2024, CoisCéim is set to embark on a nationwide tour with their highly praised production, “The Piece With The Drums”, under the direction of David Bolger and featuring the groundbreaking jazz percussionist Conor Guilfoyle. This vibrant performance is hailed as "a colourful exploration of relationships, spirituality, and our connection to rhythm, life and the cosmos". The tour will encompass various theatre venues across Ireland, including stops in Cork, Galway, and Belfast.

CoisCéim’s new website is now Live with full details of their 30th year anniversary programme. See

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