Bold Moves
Joy, Passion & Elegance

O'Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College, Dublin
Friday 22 - Saturday 30 March, 2019

Bold Moves (2019)

★★★★ 4 Stars – Irish Times
“…they move in such heart-pounding, foot-thumping unison their intensity proves as satisfying to watch as the more refined and thoughtful steps later on.”


Following our sold-out Nutcracker season (nationwide tour) and Giselle season (Edinburgh Festival 2018), Ballet Ireland is delighted to present:   Bold Moves at the O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin.

An evening of contemporary work featuring choreography by Ohad Naharin, Ludovic Ondiviela and Zoë Ashe-Browne.


Ohad Naharin has been hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. As former Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, he guided the company with an adventurous artistic vision and reinvigorated its repertory with his captivating choreography. Naharin is also the originator of an innovative movement research, Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers. In 2015, the Heymann Brothers released their comprehensive documentary about Naharin, Mr. Gaga, to critical and audience acclaim.

Featuring an eclectic score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, techno to traditional Israeli music, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 uses improvisation and Naharin’s acclaimed “Gaga” method, a unique movement language that breaks down old habits, pushing the dancers to challenge themselves in new ways.  

“Minus 16 not only delights in its own wackiness, but also celebrates the joy of dancing”  San Francisco Chronicle

Choreography: Ohad Naharin
Re-staging: Ian Robinson & Matan David
Costumes: Ohad Naharin
Lighting: Avi Yona Bueno
Music: Various artists


Lost is by one of Europe’s foremost emerging choreographers and one of Ballet Ireland’s long-standing collaborators, Ludovic Ondiviela. He created Lost for Ballet Ireland in 2015. He then created The memoires of Francesca Woodman for the Northern Ballet Choreographic lab and in March 2016 Ludovic created Sliver of Sky for Amnesty International which was performed at Sadlers Wells, London. More recently, Ludovic choreographed Giselle for Ballet Ireland to wide critical acclaim both in Ireland and at the Edinburgh Festival in 2018.

Choreography: Ludovic Ondiviela
Costumes: Richard Bermange
Lighting: Paul Keogan
Music: Various artists


Us is a short dance piece created by emerging Irish choreographer Zoë Ashe Browne. Referencing the dancers own experiences of emigrating from home to further their professional development, this piece tells the story of the friendships and relationships people form away from home and the significance they can hold for a lifetime.

Choreography: Zoë Ashe-Browne
Costumes by kind permission of Royal Ballet of Flanders
Lighting: Paul Keogan
Music: Various artists


Dates: Friday 22nd to Saturday 30th March, 2019
Venue: O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College, Dublin



Minus 16 image by kind permission of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. ©Todd Rosenberg.

BOLD MOVES trailer

RTÉ One's 'Winning Streak'

Mr. Gaga trailer

Image Gallery

Photo credits: Declan English