TAKE OFF 2024: Programme 1

14/02/2024 - 14/02/2024

7:30 pm

Smurfit Theatre

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Programme 1 features works by Amir Sabra, Mary Nunan and Aerowaves artist John-Baptiste Baele




WITHIN THIS PARTY Amir Sabra (Ireland/Palestine)

Finding the personal and intimate within the collective, Within this Party is an improvisational dance performance inspired by the Palestinian traditional dance Dabke and Hip-hop.

Amir Sabra is a Palestinian dancer and choreographer, currently based in Ireland. He holds a Master’s degree in Contemporary Dance and Performance from the University of Limerick. Amir started his career as a breakdancer. He was part of Belgian-Palestinian dance project Badke, a co-production between Les Ballets C de la B (Ghent), KVS (Brussels), and A.M Qattan Foundation (Ramallah). In 2019 he was a dancer in Imprint by the Pokemon crew from France. In 2021 he performed in Floating on the Dead Sea by Catherine Young Dance. In 2017 he started his choreography career with his first piece Hiphopgeez produced by Stereo48 Dance Company. In 2019 he choreographed the piece Journey to Jerusalem.

Choreographer and Performer Amir Sabra
Music Nasir el Faris
Producer Stereo48 Dance Company
Mentor Jenny Roche
Creation Support The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

SLANT Mary Nunan (Ireland)

Slant revolves around a woman who wants to tells us something. But she can’t tell it straight. Or so she tells us. She has to come at it sideways: to tell it slant. She is not trying to hide anything. No. Slipping in and out between speaking and moving she lists all the ‘things’ her dance is not about. Not. Stripping away. No. Not her clothes. She finds something. A palpable no-thing which is not nothing. She tells us. Then at the end of all the speaking. Silence. She dances with it.

Markers of time passing in Mary Nunan’s dance career include: choreographer, performer with Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1981-1986), founder and Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company (1988-1999), Course Director of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance, UL (1991-2016). Nunan is currently an independent dance artist.

Choreographer and Performer Mary Nunan

NABINAM Jean-Baptiste Baele (Belgium/Norway)

Nabinam is an auto-biographical solo in which the performer and choreographer comes close to the audience to recount his adoption story. Born in Madagascar, the challenges he has encountered, including the constant comparison of his Belgian family’s skin colours, unfold in his retelling. Honest but with humour, Nabinam takes the audience on a roller coaster of emotions.

Jean-Baptiste Baele is a Belgian freelance/choreographer educated at Laban, and currently based in Norway, where he has established Nabinam Dance Company. His choreographic work delves into the intricate realm of social behaviours and the evolving physicalities within spatial dimensions.

Performer / choreographer Jean-Baptiste Baele
Videographer David Jacobs
Sound designer/live music Corentin Piquard
Costume designer Cecilie Nybakk Nore
Poetry writing Anastacia Hoff
Outside eyes Mia Habib, Belinda Brazza
Manager Andreea Lixandrica
Funded by Soul session Oslo extended, Kulturrådet, Bærum Kulturhus, and supported by partner Krs Urban dance center.

Jean-Baptiste Baele is an Aerowaves Artist.

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