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Fri, 22 Mar


The Depot


Presented By CoisCéim Dance Theatre



22 Mar 2024, 19:00 – 20:30

The Depot, 12 Mary's Abbey, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 XR70, Ireland


CoisCéim Dance Theatre presents PALIMPSEST 

\pal-imp-sest\ noun.  (formal) 

something that has many different layers of meaning or detail that build on each other  

David Bolger’s PALIMPSEST layers artforms and histories in a large-scale live performance to trace and own the ghostly-edged histories our shadows leave behind.

Richly theatrical, PALIMPSEST is quintessential CoisCéim - an exhilarating, boundary busting kaleidoscope of dance, live music, and panoramic projection woven together into a visceral audience experience by 2023 Irish Times Theatre award winner and Aosdana member, David Bolger. It is inspired by key moments in Irish history as we come to the end of the Decade of Centenaries.  Featuring an exceptional cast of 15 dancers, singers and performers from Ireland and beyond, PALIMPSEST invites audiences to step into an artwork crafted by a stellar creative team including Maree Kearns (set), Denis Clohessy (Music), Neil O’Driscoll (projections), John Gunning (lighting), Arran Murphy (Costume) and Val Sherlock (hair and make-up).

LIMITED CAPACITY | PALIMPSEST is funded by ART: 2023, a Decade of Centenaries Collaboration between The Arts Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and presented in collaboration with St Patrick's Festival and supported by Epson Ireland. In parallel with PALIMPSEST, CoisCéim Broadreach presents SPARKING DEBATE - a vibrant, curated participation project for and by young adults to provoke dialogue around Irish identity, hospitality and sovereignty.  Visit for more details.


Featuring | Vitor Bassi, Lee Clayden, Justine Cooper, Vanessa Guevara, Renako McDonald, Jonathan Mitchell, Alex O’Neill, Rosie Stebbing, Mateusz Szczerek, Jessie Thompson and more to be announced.  

Director and Choreographer | David Bolger Composition and Sound Design | Denis Clohessy  Set Design | Maree Kearns Lighting Design | John Gunning  Costume Design | Arran Murphy Projection Design | Neil O'Driscolll Hair & Make-up | Val Sherlock  Outside Eye | Conall Morrison  Production Manager | Seán Dennehy Stage Managers | Aaron Kennedy, Donna Leonard, Stephanie Ryan Chief Sound | Eoin Murphy  AV Technician | Laura Rainsford  Photographer | Ros Kavanagh Graphic Design | Alphabet Soup Essayist | Vincent Woods Publicist | CultureHead  Bookkeeper | Susan Hoffman Project Coordinator | Inna Mazurenko Broadreach Coordinator | Caoimhe Coburn Gray Produced by Sarah Latty and Bridget Webster


CoisCéim Dance Theatre is one of Ireland's leading dance companies known for its expertise & track record in presenting highly original work to audiences large & small across artforms & media. Led by David Bolger, a member of Aosdána, our work is benchmarked with the best in the world and celebrated for its artistic excellence - gracing international stages including 14-18NOW & LIFT (UK), Peak Performances, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival (USA), Sydney Opera House and the Venice Biennale.  Our mission is to produce exceptional, inclusive, and sustainable dance theatre - to create distinctive work that seeks to reflect contemporary Ireland in line with our values of integrity, vibrancy, connection and joy.  In tandem with the performance programme the company conducts an integrated, inventive access and participation initiative: Broadreach, whose activities are pioneering, innovatively targeting all sections of the population to inspire a genuine curiosity in dance.  CoisCéim is proud to be strategically funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and supported by Dublin City Council and Culture Ireland.  WWW.COISCEIM.COM

Tickets are priced on a "Pay What You Can" basis between €10 and €50 with a recommended guide price of €28. All tickets include a €1 booking fee.

This production contains strobe lighting effects and theatrical fog/haze.

Performance is not  recommended for under 12s


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