Wednesday 26 October 2016

Bord Gais Energy Theatre launch nationwide dance competition to celebrate Irish premiere of Billy Elliot the musical

Published 20/04/2016 | 16:07

Billy Elliot the Musical will take place in Dublin's Bord Gais Energy Theatre in July and August 2016.
Billy Elliot the Musical will take place in Dublin's Bord Gais Energy Theatre in July and August 2016.

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre has officially announced a nationwide dance competition to celebrate the Irish premiere season of the internationally acclaimed musical Billy Elliot.

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Taking inspiration from the musicals phenomenal choreography and from Billy’s inspirational story; the national dance competition is calling on dancers from all over the country to share their own inspirations and passion for dance, culminating in a spectacular grand finale on Dublin’s Grand Canal Square.

In order to enter, dancers must record their own original routine to a song that captures the spirit of Billy Elliot and email a preview video - of no more than two minutes - directly to by Friday, May 6 at 5pm.

Each entry will then be judged by an expert panel of judges and five groups will be short-listed on Monday, May 9 to take part in the grand final on Grand Canal Square.

The winners will be treated to tickets for their entire dance group to attend the Irish premiere of Billy Elliot the Musical at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

The show will open on July 26 and run for six weeks.

Based on the highly successful film, the show is set in a northern mining town against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike and follows Billy’s journey from boxing to ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Billy Elliot the Musical has now been seen by over 10.5 million people across five continents and is the recipient of over 80 awards internationally, including ten Tony Awards and five Olivier Awards.

In 2006, Liam Mower, James Lomas and George Maguire, the first three boys to play the title role, became the youngest performers ever to have won the Olivier Award for Best Actor with the show also picking up the Best Musical prize. In total, eighty nine boys have now played the iconic title role on stage worldwide.

Billy Elliot the Musical is brought to life by the multiple award-winning creative team behind the film including writer Lee Hall (book and lyrics), director Stephen Daldry and choreographer, Peter Darling, joined by Elton John who composed the show’s score.

The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, the associate director is Julian Webber, costume design is by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch.

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