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Horse at Dance Limerick by Angie Smalis and Colin Gee to take place November 24 Horse at Dance Limerick by Angie Smalis and Colin Gee to take place November 24

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Horse at Dance Limerick by Angie Smalis and Colin Gee to take place November 24

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Horse at Dance Limerick brings the audience on an adventure of Women, Power, and Nature through dance and electronic music.

Horse is a novelistic storytelling technique, through movement

Angie Smalis is a Limerick-based independent contemporary dance artist.

Horse at Dance Limerick on Thursday, November 24 is a script-based performance featuring five dancers, a musician and a narrator. It is the second part of the “Persuasion” Trilogy, exploring themes of: Women and Power, Perspective and Crisis, and Nature and Alienation.

Actor Pius McGrath, in his narration, describes a single incident during a public health crisis from the perspectives of five people involved, while all of those perspectives are shifting and much of what’s said is speculative. Musician Andy Connolly performs electronic music tracks live as dance artists Angie Smalis, Colin Gee, Yumi Lee, Robert Jackson and Mark Carberry, embody the five people involved, dramatising moments in the story as they struggle with the relativity of truth. Artist Martin Shannon’s hand drawn set design features pieces of a city street that is recognisable but out of all proportion.

Concept, Choreography and Dramaturgy for Horse at Dance Limerick was created bu Angie Smalis and Colin Gee, performed by Angie Smalis, Colin Gee, Robert Jackson, Yumi Lee, Mark Carberry, Andy Connolly, and Pius McGrathand produced by Martin Shannon, Giordana Giache, Kerrie Ahern, Emily Waters, Alina O’Shaughnessy and Dominik Kosicki.

Angie Smalis trained and worked professionally as a dance artist in Greece before moving to Vienna, Austria in 2001 to join the Viennese Opera. She relocated to Limerick in 2003 to join Daghdha Dance Company. She is an independent contemporary dance artist, Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre, and Founder and Director of Patterns Dance Collective, a group of dance artists with intellectual disabilities under the auspices of AVISTA, Limerick.

Angie’s work focuses on developing a methodology to express contemporary and universal concerns, through a character/place-based dance vocabulary, in collaboration with American Performing Artist, Colin Gee. Angie and Colin propose a new use of narrative in character-based dance and an opportunity to engage with novelistic storytelling technique, through movement. 

Dance Limerick was established in 2013. It is a dedicated centre for art where movement and choreography are at the centre of the work. They “create opportunities for artists, individuals and communities, to discover and participate in dance.”

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