Baryshnikov Arts Center and Irish Arts Center Co-Present

Colin Dunne

Concert (U.S. Premiere)

November 14-16, 2019

Celebrated Irish dance artist Colin Dunne confronts the music of virtuoso Irish fiddle player Tommie Potts (1912—1988), whose iconic 1972 album The Liffey Banks—heralded for its melancholy and irregular rhythms—is widely considered unfit for dance. Collaborating with director Sinéad Rushe and composer/sound designer Mel Mercier, Dunne delivers a masterful solo performance and embodies the singular, complex recordings with an innovative style as evocative and idiosyncratic as Potts’s own.


Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.

Major support for dance programming and activities provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Leadership support for music programming provided by the Thompson Family Foundation.


Concert is presented with support from Culture Ireland—Promoting Irish Arts Worldwide. 


Colin Dunne
Artist Bio

Colin Dunne

Colin Dunne is a leading figure in the world of traditional Irish dance, perhaps best known internationally for his performances and choreography in Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground.

He has been forging a new creative path since his time as artist in residence at University of Limerick where he completed an MA in contemporary dance in 2002. Since then, he has worked as an independent performer, choreographer, and teacher. In 2008 he premiered his first solo show, Out of Time, in Glor Theatre, Ennis. The show has since toured internationally at premier festivals and venues in London, New York, Paris, Brazil, and Singapore. Out of Time was nominated for a UK Critics’ Circle Award (Best Male Dancer) in 2009, and for a Laurence Olivier Award (Outstanding Achievement in Dance) in 2010. Ensemble works include The Yellow Room (Daghdha Dance Company/Yoshiko Chuma, 2003), and The Bull (Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre/Michael Keegan Dolan, 2005). For The Bull he was nominated for a UK Critics’ Circle Dance Award in 2007. Recent collaborations include; Rocio Molina (35 pas à la seconde, Antigel Festival, Geneva), The Irish Chamber Orchestra (The Turn, Fall for Dance Festival, New York), and Boris Charmatz/Musée de la danse (20 Dancers for the xx century, Tate Modern Museum, London). His work as movement director includes; Christ Deliver Us! (Abbey Theatre 2010, directed by Wayne Jordan), and The Risen People (Abbey Theatre 2013, directed by Jimmy Fay). Based in Limerick, he is a regular guest tutor in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in both Traditional and Contemporary dance.

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