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A Glimpse into CoisCéim Dance Theatre's "Palimpsest" Rehearsals.

Updated: Mar 8

CoisCeim dance theatre contemporary dancers for Palimpsest

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In the heart of Dublin, amidst the bustling streets and vibrant culture, lies an artistic endeavour that promises to captivate audiences and transcend time. CoisCéim Dance Theatre, known for its innovative and thought-provoking performances, is gearing up for the final week of rehearsals for its latest production in the Depot at the Complex, "Palimpsest." As anticipation builds, let's take a peek behind the curtain and delve into the creative process shaping this extraordinary show.

What's "Palimpsest" about?

"Palimpsest" is not just a dance performance; it's a journey through layers of history, memory, and heritage. Like a palimpsest, where new layers of text obscure old writing, this production explores how the past intertwines with the present, leaving traces that resonate through time. Through movement, music, and visual storytelling, CoisCéim Dance Theatre invites audiences to witness the overlapping narratives that shape our collective identity.

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Rehearsal Insights:

In the studio, dancers and choreographers are immersed in a whirlwind of creativity and collaboration. Every gesture and step is meticulously crafted to convey the essence of "Palimpsest." From contemporary choreography to traditional Irish dance elements, the rehearsals are a melting pot of artistic expression. The dancers, guided by the vision of director David Bolger, breathe life into the narrative, infusing each moment with emotion and authenticity.

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Embracing Collaboration.

"Palimpsest" is more than just a production; it's a testament to the power of collaboration. CoisCéim Dance Theatre has joined forces with St. Patrick's Festival, supported by Epson Ireland, to bring this ambitious project to life. Additionally, funding from ART: 2023, a Decade of Centenaries Collaboration between the Arts Council Ireland and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media, underscores the significance of this cultural endeavour. It's a testament to the value placed on the arts in preserving and celebrating Ireland's rich heritage.

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A Celebration of Irish Culture.

As the rehearsals unfold, it's evident that "Palimpsest" is a celebration of Irish culture in all its complexity. Drawing inspiration from historical events, personal narratives, and the vibrant tapestry of contemporary Ireland, the production pays homage to the resilience and creativity of its people. Through dance, music, and storytelling, audiences will embark on a journey that transcends time and space, connecting with the essence of what it means to be Irish.

Invitation to Experience.

With the final week of rehearsals underway, the excitement is palpable. As the performers fine-tune their movements and perfect every detail, anticipation mounts for the grand unveiling of "Palimpsest." Audiences are invited to immerse themselves in this unique theatrical experience, where history comes alive on stage. From 13 March to 23 March, The Depot will be transformed into a realm where past and present converge, inviting spectators to witness the magic of CoisCéim Dance Theatre's latest masterpiece.

Palimpsest Event poster

As CoisCéim Dance Theatre embarks on the final leg of its "Palimpsest" journey, there's a sense of anticipation and wonder in the air. This production promises to be a testament to the power of art in illuminating the past, inspiring the present, and shaping the future. With its rich tapestry of movement, music, and storytelling, "Palimpsest" invites audiences to embark on a transformative journey through time and memory. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this extraordinary experience. Book your tickets now and prepare to be enchanted by the magic of "Palimpsest."

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


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.

Production Team:

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



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