Tipperary to leap into action this October as Dance Festival makes welcome return

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Tipperary to leap into action this October as Dance Festival makes welcome return

The renowned Tipperary Dance Platform will make its triumphant return to the county this October for the ninth year in a row, introducing both modern and contemporary dance performances to public spaces, the stage and libraries over seven days.

Among the exciting mix of masterclasses, workshops, exhibitions and symposiums taking place in venues across the country from October 8 to 14 will be ‘Lost Dog’ from the UK which retells the story of the beginning of everything in Paradise Lost, inspired by Milton’s poem of the same name, in Tipperary Excel Arts Centre on Friday October 12.

International performer and choreographer, Liz Roche, is just one of the myriad of artists coming to Tipperary for the week long event, bringing her celebrated dance company to perform at the opening of the festival on Monday 8 October at 7pm as well as a second performance on Tuesday 9 October at 11.30am in the South Tipperary Arts Centre.

For the second year running, TDP will host a ‘Dance and Health’ event in Nenagh Arts Centre curated by Dr Orlaith Ni Bhriain on Tuesday 9th October (tickets €24). This event links the worlds of performance, professional artists, researchers and health workers.

In Tipperary town, Affari Esteri from France will also appear at the Excel Arts Centre performing Holy, a work inspired by Allen Ginsberg’s poem Howl, on Saturday 13 October.

The wide ranging and adventurous TDP programme also includes a playful dance performance for children that interacts with the words of Dr Seuss from award winning Canadian dance artist and educator, Holly Small, which will take place in Clonmel Library on Monday 8th, Nenagh Library on Tuesday 9th Excel Arts Centre on Wednesday 10th and Thurles Library on the 11th.

Holly will also reinterpret the poetry of poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa with original music by renowned composer, John Oswald, in Museum of Missing Things in Excel Arts Centre.

Since 2010, TDP has been curated the best of dance in the world staging shows and events in the towns of Tipperary, Nenagh, Thurles and Clonmel. This annual event invites audiences to a full week of dance showcasing the latest works of choreographers and film makers.

A full list of events is available on www.tdp-danceplatform.ie