Darrah Carr dance, ModERIN, this weekend!


How It’s New York:  Darrah Carr teaches at Hofstra and pulls local dancers in to her fusion company (and that blend of cultures is a defining trait of this city!)

How It’s Irish:  the ERIN in the title refers to the company member’s grounding in Irish dance.  Along with fusions in modern and swing, there will be traditional Irish step dance on the bill.
The company performs at Irish Arts Center this weekend from November 11-13.  One of the pieces is a new dance choreographed by Seán Curran.  Check out Darrah talking about the work (and hear some of the new piece!) in this week’s podcast!

From the press release:

Performances run from Friday, November 11 – Saturday, November 12 at 8pm, with matinees on Saturday, November 12 at 11am (a specially priced Family Show) and Sunday, November 13 at 3pm.  $18 discount tickets are available if purchased by October 25th.  Use Discount Code: DANCE1.  To purchase, call 866-811-4111 or visit www.irishartscenter.org.

Set to the rhythmically complex and hauntingly beautiful vocalizations of Sheila Chandra, Seán Curran’s highly anticipated work features virtuosic displays of percussive footwork by Darrah Carr Dance’s cast of champion Irish step dancers.   Curran and Carr first worked together a decade ago when Carr assisted Curran on the choreography for the Tony Award winning Broadway production of “James Joyce’s’ The Dead.”  In 2009, in honor of Darrah Carr Dance’s 10th Anniversary Season, Curran choreographed “On the Six” for the company – a whimsical fusion of swing dance rhythms and Irish dance steps.  This season marks Curran’s eagerly awaited second collaboration with Darrah Carr Dance.
Additional highlights of the season include dazzling displays of lightning fast Irish dancing featuring live musical accompaniment by Niall O’Leary and Caitlin Warbelow; a specially priced Family show on Saturday morning; a post-show discussion with Artistic Director Darrah Carr and award-winning choreographer Seán Curran following Saturday night’s performance; and a pre-show conversation with Darrah Carr Dance starting at 2:30pm on Sunday afternoon.
“Carr is a smiling, exuberant performer with an open upper body and fast-flying feet straight out of Irish step dancing . . . Her immensely likable and skillful dancers move with a space gobbling buoyancy and openness that looks as if they might take flight,”
Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times


Gwen Orel
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