MARCH 2022


Strokes Through the Tail


Internationally acclaimed Irish choreographer Marguerite Donlon created Strokes Through the Tail for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2005, finding inspiration in Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 to make a work for six performers that combines virtuosic dancing with buckets of humour and a delightful hint of irreverence. “The dancers perform like black-and-white music notes moving in space,” she says, “at first clearly personifying the music, but as the piece develops these notes/dancers become six very strong and individual personalities.” Critics have raved about the piece’s “exquisite choreography performed to timeless music” (Chicago Sun-Times), with the Chicago Tribune remarking, “The whinnying Mozart depicted in Amadeus would have enjoyed a good horse-laugh at Donlon’s piece… Donlon is unafraid to go against the grain of the music, creating a counterpoint of delicious, never malicious, irony.”

Strokes Through the Tail has previously been performed on some of the world’s most iconic stages, including the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and at Chicago Symphony Center with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

As a dancer, Donlon worked with dance legends including Rudolf Nureyev but she found her place working with and dancing the repertoire of the most influential contemporary choreographers, including William Forsythe and Meg Stuart. She has subsequently created a variety of dance works which have been critically acclaimed worldwide, thrilling an unusually broad audience.


Marguerite Donlon

Marguerite Donlon


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Re-staging: Yamila Khodr
Costumes: Branimira Ivanova
Lighting: Ernst Schiessl
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Directed by: Luke Sweetman
Filmed by: Little Beast
Edited by: Peter Madden





You are welcome to watch online, right in your own living room! 

7-day access costs only €10








Q: Where can I watch the performance?

A: You can watch on any internet enabled device. So, on your desktop, laptop, mobile phone and tablet. Casting will work on some TVs. If you have an HDMI cable, you can connect your laptop to your TV to watch it. Or if your TV is internet enabled, you can watch directly from using your login.



Q: How much does it cost?

A: The rental cost is €10.



Q: If I rent the film, how many times will I be able to view it?

A: Upon successful payment, you will be able to view the film as many times as you like for a period of 7 days.



Q: Are the dancers performing live?

A: No, the performance is pre-recorded.



Q: What is the running time?

A: The performance of Strokes Through the Tail is approximately 20 minutes.



Q: Can I watch the performance if I don’t live in Ireland?

A: Of course you can – we love welcoming viewers from all over the world!



Q: If I have any queries or issues, who can I contact?

A: You are welcome to contact us directly at: [email protected] with any queries.




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