How It’s New York: “Very Little Step” combines Dance Theatre of Ireland with Soul Steps, a NY Slapping group . Fusion is intrinsic to New York, and they’ve been rehearsing it here. The Joyce Soho, where they’re performing, is a downtown former firehouse. Soul Steps recently performed in Ireland to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
How It’s Irish: The collaboration started at the American Embassy in Ireland. Dance Theatre of Ireland work in theatre, Festivals and the outdoors, as well as touring internationally. They are based in the Centre for Dance in Dun Laoghaire.
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Every Little Step… the Rhythm of Hope is a collaborative dance co-production between Dance Theatre of Ireland (DTI) and Soul Steps (NYC), a project that combines African-American Stepping (body percussion dance), Irish and urban dance rhythms, modern dance and storytelling; an original programme which includes dancers from both companies. It will premiere as part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year long celebration of Irish Arts in America in 2011 in New York, at Joyce SoHo, November 17-20, 2011.
When you have tried and tried; when you have run and run; and finally – you have to stop. You can’t go on. Now… listen. For this is when you will hear the rhythm of hope. Dance Theatre of Ireland and Soul Steps, the New York-based African American stepping company, bring this original creation, drawing on their unique vocabularies and individual stories and above all on rhythm;. It draws on sheer human energy and determination, embodied by the precision of the choreography, the teamwork of the performers, and their personal stories.
Every Little Step… is a meeting of Irish and African-American rhythms, dance, and culture. The piece explores that interaction – and is all about rhythm. Touching on the ways that people sustain in good times and bad — Through rhythm, the spoken word, poetry, call and response (with the audience) there is a physical musicality that drives the performance. Rhythm is a metaphor for the capacity of the heart to persevere.
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