Irish Repertory Theatre Presents NOCTU, Previews 9/6
The Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street) launches its 24th Season with the American premiere of the new Irish dance performance piece NOCTÚ, an Èriu Dance Company production, with previews set to begin September 6 on the Irish Repertory's Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage, prior to an official press opening September 12.
Choreographed and directed by RIVERDANCE Principal Dancer Breandán de Gallaí, NOCTÚ is a completely new departure for the Irish dance show genre. It pushes the boundaries of the Irish dance aesthetic and explores new expression possibilities. This performance allows the
audience to get under the skin of those who perform in the dance world and allows us a glimpse of what matters to them.
Support for this production was provided by Imagine Ireland, an initiative of Culture Ireland.
In NOCTÚ, there are no boundaries, no rules, no expectations - only pure organic movement - an unexplored, visceral aesthetic is bared. The centerpiece of the show illustrates the world as the dancers see it - from their point of view ... through their lens. It is an unearthing of a personal narrative ... an archaeology of the self. It is a shameless display of that which was previously unimaginable ... a devil-may-care attitude to the conventional. It is an honest celebration of who we really are. As the work develops, awkward spaces are rejected and marginalized characters unite - their uniqueness celebrated as exceptional. It champions three central disenfranchised
characters as they negotiate a new space in which to function - one in which they feel they can belong.
NOCTÚ climaxes with an unrefined and coarse tribal celebration, a return to our bestial beginnings. This savagely danced piece is a lustful and reckless display of that which lurks beneath the skin, yearning to penetrate the surface.
NOCTÚ ... Exposed Dreams - Revealed Passions - Naked Truths.
NOCTÚ was the subject of the RTÉ reality TV series "Dance Off." The American premiere stars the Éiru Dance Company - an international cast of world-class Irish step dancers from Ireland, Scotland, England, Australia, Canada and Hungary: Jack Anderson, Peta Anderson, Ellen
Bonner, Orlagh Carty, Joseph Comerford, Niamh Darcy, Gyula Glaser, James Greenan, Kyla Marsh, Kienan Melino, Megan McElhatton, Ashlene McFadden, Nick O'Connell, Katrina O'Donnell, Aislinn Ryan, and Callum Spencer.
The production features original music by Joe Csibi, the former musical director of RIVERDANCE, plus traditional Irish music, classical compositions, and contemporary songs. NOCTÚ has lighting
design by Michael O'Connor and costume design by Nikki Connor. Scripting consultant is Seán de Gallaí. Production Stage Manager is Caesar Arroyo.