Tipperary Dance Platform kicks off this October 10

Tipperary Dance Platform kicks off this October 10

The international dance festival Tipperary Dance Platform is making its triumphant return to the county this October for the seventh year running bringing both modern and contemporary dance to public spaces, the stage and libraries for six days.

A total of 24 events have already been organised for the week long festival showcasing some of the best visual artists and performers in the country. The festival aims to be a platform where dance artists and audiences meet and an opportunity for artists to present their work onstage, in the studio, or in video formats.

Event directors Alexandre Iseli and Jazmin Chiodi said that the festival is aiming to “give everyone a chance to encounter dance, through shows, performances, exhibitions, classes, films and discussions.”

“The shows here speak for themselves and the TDP'16 forum is here to talk about it. Tipperary Dance Platform's exciting international programme brings our attention to the significance, glory, sufferings and beauty of being,” added Alexandre.

And this year's production is bigger than ever with Alexandre and Jazmin eager to expand the programme of events to new towns across the county taking in Thurles, Nenagh, Clonmel and Tipperary Town.

Among the events taking place are a series of dance master classes in the Excel Theatre, Tipperary Town under the watchful eyes of Cie Utilite Publique and Cie 47.49 Francois Veyrunes on Friday 14 and the Liz Roche Company on Saturday 15. Additionally a series of ballet, Irish Sean Nos and street style classes are also on the cards for aspiring dancers running from October 12-15 at the Excel.

Eslewhere on the bill is Liadain Herroit who brings her Tiger Dublin Fringe award winning show to libraries in Nenagh, Clonmel and Thurles from Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13. Described as classical movement and music meets minimal electronic beat, Liadain's award winning production is one event not to be missed.

Also included in the programme's line up is an exhibition of lens-based works in the Tipperary County Museum, Clonmel which promises to offer contemporary responses to notions of place, language, citizenship and identity. The exhibition, which is free of charge, opens on Wednesday 12 at 7pm.

Members of the public are also invited to a special Performance showcase in Tipperary Town which will take place on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 where a group of specially selected dancers will take part in a week-long research laboratory on the development of professional dance in Ireland.

Tipperary Dance Platform is funded by the Arts Council under the Festival and Events awards scheme, by Tipperary County Council, Tipperary Excel Arts Centre, and The Source Arts Centre.

To find out more about events in your area visit www.tdp-danceplatform.ie for a full listing of events.