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Gap Arts Festival to host premiere of Ireland’s first virtual reality dance performance

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Inflatable cinema at the Gap Arts Festival.

Inflatable cinema at the Gap Arts Festival.

Inflatable cinema at the Gap Arts Festival.

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Coiscéim Dance Theatre will unveil Ireland’s first Virtual Reality dance production, Francis Footwork, at the production premiere at the Gap Arts Festival in Ballythomas this weekend.

Created by David Bolger, the vibrant production has been loved by audiences and critics alike since it premiered in 2019. It is described as ‘a magical, empowering tale that celebrates individuality and encourages everyone to dance their own dance’. Now, the award-winning dance company has transformed the production into a more intimate and up close experience, where everyone has the opportunity to have a front row seat.

“I'm delighted to confirm that Coiscéim Dance Theatre will present the premiere of David Bolger's Francis Footwork VR with Creative Dance Tales at the Gap this year,” said Festival Director, Garrett Keogh. “From the United States to Tasmania, from the Edinburgh Festival to Sydney Opera House, the company has delighted audiences and won many awards. This is their first venture into the world of VR, and the Gap Festival is their first venue!”

On Thursday, July 21 and Saturday July 30, the dance company will hold several workshops in the Gap Theatre at Ballythomas National School. They have divided their workshops into two groups – one for seven and eight year-olds, and another nine and ten year-olds. Booking details can be found on the Gap Arts Festival website. 

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Despite being held in a venue with no village, no crossroads and no theatre venue, the festival has brought professional theatre and art to the community each year since 2011. This year's festival will include a host of activities including Talks@The Gap, an inflatable cinema and a performance of The Cloudspotter by Michael J Harnett – a new play featuring Game of Thrones and Fair City’s Deirdre Monaghan and Brenda Brooks. The Gig@TheGap on Saturday will include performances from Ferns band Stratus, Will Cooper, Robin James Hurt, The Croghan Ridge Blues Experiment, The Soul Cowboys, and spoken word artist Álanna Hammel.

The Gap Arts Festival will take place from July 29 to 31. More information can be found at www.gapartsfestival.com. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.


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