'Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre: Body, Language and Fleshing Out the Bones of Irish Cultural Heritage'

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Abstract

Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1979-1989) was a significant company in the development of dance in Ireland, and the first state funded contemporary dance group. For a period, the company were leading innovators in the country in contemporary dance and explored the boundaries of what constituted the dance form, leaving a lasting impact on Irish dance heritage, although relatively little has been written about their work to date. This paper explores the context for the company’s work, discussing the relationship between the body and language in Irish social, political and cultural history. Specifically, I focus on their production Bloomsday based on James Joyce’s Ulysses, which reveals key issues about the relationship between body and language in the company’s work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporising the past: envisaging the future, Proceedings of the 2014 World Dance Alliance Global Summit, Angers, 6–11 July.
EditorsC.F. Stock, P. Germain-Thomas
PublisherWorld Dance Alliance
ISBN (Print)978-1-875255-20-7
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

Keywords

  • contemporary dance
  • Ireland
  • Joyce
  • language

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    Meehan, E. (2015). 'Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre: Body, Language and Fleshing Out the Bones of Irish Cultural Heritage'. In C. F. Stock, & P. Germain-Thomas (Eds.), Contemporising the past: envisaging the future, Proceedings of the 2014 World Dance Alliance Global Summit, Angers, 6–11 July. World Dance Alliance.