Heart-pounding intensity

Touring nationwide
Thursday 9 - Friday 24 April, 2020

Bold Moves (2020)

★★★★ 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.”


This April, Ballet Ireland is delighted to present its BOLD MOVES season for 2020: a new triple-bill featuring internationally renowned choreographers Ohad Naharin (Minus 16), Marguerite Donlon (Strokes Through the Tail) and Filipe Portugal (Stepping Over).


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. Last year, Ballet Ireland were the first Irish company to present Naharin’s work.

“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 & Guy Shomroni
Costumes: Ohad Naharin
Lighting: Avi Yona Bueno
Music: Various artists


Irish choreographer, Marguerite Donlon, created Strokes Through the Tail for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2005. Ms Donlon found inspiration in Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 to create a work for six dancers that combines virtuosic dancing with buckets of humour and a delightful hint of irreverence. A definite a crowd pleaser.

Choreography: Marguerite Donlon
Costumes: Branimira Ivanova
Lighting: Ernst Schiessl
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Created for Charlotte Ballet (USA) in 2018, Filipe Portugal’s Stepping Over is set to parts of Philip Glass’ “Tirol” Piano Concerto. Women fall or swoon into guys’ arms; couples move through positions that are sensuous and chastely romantic by turns. Bodies stay flexible, pliant, almost melting into place. The piece wowed audiences when it made its North American premiere.

Choreography: Filipe Portugal
Costumes: Christopher John Parker
Lighting: John Cuff
Music: Philip Glass


Dates: Thursday 9th to Friday 24th April, 2020
Venues: O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin; Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey; National Opera House, Wexford; Black Box Theatre, Galway and Glór, Ennis
Tickets: On sale and available from the individual theatres

Header image ©Younsik Kim

Dates & Venues

april, 2020

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09apr(apr 9)7:30 pm11(apr 11)7:30 pmO'Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College, DublinTickets: €32, €28 conc. (+€1 booking fee)7:30 pm - 7:30 pm (11) O'Reilly Theatre, Dublin

15apr7:45 pmTheatre at The Mill, NewtownabbeyTickets: £17, £15 conc 7:45 pm Newtownabbey

18apr7:30 pmNational Opera House, WexfordTickets: €25, €20 conc, €15 child under 16, Family ticket €70 7:30 pm National Opera House

21apr(apr 21)8:00 pm22(apr 22)8:00 pmBlack Box Theatre, GalwayTickets: €25, €22 *tickets subject to booking fees8:00 pm - 8:00 pm (22) Black Box Theatre, Galway

24apr8:00 pmglór, EnnisTickets: €25, €20 conc, €70 Family of 48:00 pm Ennis

Bold Moves 2020 trailer

Mr. Gaga trailer

Marguerite Donlon - Strokes Through the Tail

Filipe Portugal - Stepping Over

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