Choreographic Commissions Complete

Over the summer, six commissions were awarded by DU Dance (NI). The opportunity was offered to young people aged 16 and over taking part in the company’s Youth Engagement Programmes. With the help of the group leaders, five young people were chosen. (You can read more about them on our social media). The sixth commission was a little different as it facilitated six of the older Belfast Boys members to develop their skills over a choreographic weekend. The group headed to Bushmills and much fun ensued. In between sea dips, they worked hard on a devised piece that formed the basis of the showing.

All six resulting pieces were revealed at an informal showing on 13th August 2021 at the Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House in Dungannon to a highly appreciative audience.  Caoileann Curry-Thompson, Drama and Dance Officer at Arts Council NI, expressed her joy after attending the showing “My jaw always aches after a DU Dance (NI) sharing – I grin from ear to ear at the power of young dancers finding self-expression in dance. Their bravery & good grace in embracing the vulnerability of standing up & sharing creative work is inspiring. Each one of them is amazing.

This programme is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland – Stability and Renewal funds.