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Dublin Dance Festival announces its return with packed line-up of magical performances

Dublin Dance Festival has announced its return for 2022 with a jam packed line-up of stunning performances, many of which are taking their inspiration from far corners of the world.

Taking place from May 17 to 29, this year sees the festival return in the summer time after being postponed to winter last year.

Featuring a line-up of "boundary-breaking, energetic, and thought-provoking works", this year's Dublin Dance Festival programme was curated by new Artistic Director Jazmin Chiodi and promises contemporary premieres, street dance, world-class flamenco, work for younger audiences and vibrant outdoor performances.

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The full programme of events has been announced with a number of notable entries that are sure to delight audiences.

Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues will present her latest creation as part of the festival when Encantado comes to the Abbey Theatre. This will be performed by an ensemble of eleven dancers set to songs of the Guarani people.

Encantado to premiere as part of Dublin Dance Festival (© Sammi Landweer)

Meanwhile, multiple award-winning Rocío Molina brings her radical celebration of womanhood Fallen From Heaven (Caída Del Cielo) to the Abbey stage.

An array of talents from Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso will open Dublin Dance Festival as Siguifin, a collaboration between three choreographers under the direction of Amala Dianor. Siguifin, which means "magical monster" in the Baramba language of Mali, sees nine young dancers celebrate the vitality of a collective African dance.

Siguifin by director Amala Dianor (© Laurent Philippe / divergence-images.com)

Multi-award-winning dance innovators Junk Ensemble will premiere Dances Like a Bomb as part of Dublin Dance Festival, performed by acclaimed actor Mikel Murfi and leading Irish dance artist Finola Cronin.

The festival will also offer a free programme of outdoor performances for people of all ages, such as a show in the grounds of Christchurch Cathedral by dance artist and architect Gilles Viandier.

New Artistic Director of Dublin Dance Festival Jazmin Chiodi said of her inaugural programme: "I feel privileged to be presenting this programme as my first as DDF Artistic Director and my hope is that it offers us all a unique moment to be together, and that it brings dance to the hearts of our people, and our people to the heart of our city."

The full festival programme can be viewed here.

Tickets for Dublin Dance festival are available now at dublindancefestival.ie.

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