Dublin Irish Dance “Wings”
Dancers almost seem to fly. Their movements are so graceful and appear so effortless that it is hard to believe that they are not taking flight. Dublin Irish Dance, which presented Stepping Out in 2018, returns with a new production, Wings, that is unlike any other show in its genre. The program features exquisite Irish and World champion dancers together with Ireland’s finest musical and vocal virtuosos.
Wings has original music and choreography and is infused with world dance and musical influences that are meant to thrill audiences with the transformative emotional energy and imaginative design. The vivid and illuminating production depicts rich Irish heritage themes in spectacular dance and musical performances by a gifted cast. Among the numbers are “Carrickfergus,” “You Raise Me up,” “Eagle’s Flight,” “Zero Gravity,” and “Lover’s Embrace.”
The new work comes from the creative team of Alan Scariff, Eric Cunningham and Ciaran Connolly. Scariff, the choreographer, began dancing at 4 at the O’Flaherty School of Irish Dancing in Galway. He competed professionally and won first place at the Connacts, All Irelands and World Irish Dance Championships. He toured with “Riverdance” for 8 years as the lead performer and in 2011 became a qualified Irish Dance teacher.
Eric Cunningham, the music director, is also a Galway man. He has performed in concert across six continents from the Beijing Opera House to Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center and has performed for three U.S. presidents at the White House and the U.S. Capitol. As a producer, his acts have performed around the world. He holds a degree and first class honours Master in Music from University College, Cork, and was awarded the Sean O Riada Memorial Award from that university for his knowledge of Irish music.
Ciaran Connolly, the movement director, is originally from Dublin and has worked in London for the past 14 years as a commercial dancer and choreographer, working on shows such as Britain’s Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing. He’s worked with Robbie Williams, One Direction and Michael Bublé and has worked with a host of top choreographers on major tours and events including Cliff Richard’s 2011 “Soulicious” Tour and as dance captain and coordinator for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Ceremonies. He also served as Assistant to the Choreographer on One Direction’s World Stadium Tour.
You’ll want to see the dexterity and skill of the world championship dancers they have assembled in an awesome spectacle as they defy gravity and leave you gasping.