Category - Dance Date - Saturday, March 18, 2017 8:00 pm
Photo Credit: VITOR MUNHOZ
Date: Saturday, March 18th, 2017
The Sokalo Remix Project is a traditional dance and music production with a difference. This high energy show is the result of a transatlantic collaboration between Montreal-based dance company [ZØGMA] and four professional artists from the Irish traditional performing arts Edwina Guckian Dancer (Carrick-On-Shannon), Cáitlin Nic Gabhann Concertina and Dancer (Meath), Laoise Kelly Harpist (Westport) and Liam O’Scanláin Dancer (Newport). The members of [ZØGMA] are exceptional performers and have performed extensively on the international stage since 2001 showcasing Quebec’s folklore, merging dance, music and song into powerful rhythmic works. This collaboration has resulted in an enthralling, highly energetic production, at the crossroads of modernity and tradition, highlighting the proximity of Irish and Quebecois traditional cultures.
Laoise Kelly is from Westport, Co. Mayo. She has three critically acclaimed solo albums ‘Just Harp’ (1999), ‘Ceis’ (2010), and ‘Fáilte Uí Cheallaigh’ (2015), and ‘The Wishing Well’ (2010) a live duo album with fiddle player Michelle O’Brien. Laoise was a founding member of traditional group ‘Bumblebees’ with whom she recorded two albums (1997, 1999) and toured extensively internationally. Throughout her solo career she has recorded on over 60 albums with many of Ireland’s foremost artists including The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Dónal Lunny, Tommy Makem, Matt Molloy, Mary Black, Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Eimear Quinn as well as Kate Bush and American country/bluegrass icon Tim O’Brien.
Liam, from Glenhest, who was recently appointed Dance Ireland’s 2016/2017 Associate Artist, is an award winning and accomplished Sean Nós dancer, collaborator and teacher, working nationally and internationally. A recent graduate of the MA in Traditional Dance Performance at University of Limerick, he has performed extensively throughout Ireland, the UK, France, New Zealand and the United States, with, among others, Damhsa Dance Company, and on shows including Ragús, Avalon Celtic Dances and Atlantic Rhythm. In addition, his extensive teaching engagements include Le Bono Winter School, Ballyshannon Folk Festival, Tokyo CCÉ and summer schools in Birmingham, Westport, and Irish Dance Festival, Carlingford. TV work includes TG4 An Jig Gig, Poball and Féilte. Liam was commissioned to choreograph Patrick by Westport Town Hall Theatre (2016) and has contributed choreography to shows including Legend of Grainne Mhaol, The Admiral and Wild Atlantic Show. This is an area of focus for Liam, who will use his time as Dance Ireland Associate Artist to develop his choreographic ideas and creative collaborations.
Photo Credit: VITOR MUNHOZ
From this collaboration emerged an enthralling, highly energetic production, at the crossroad of modernity and tradition. The first tour of the project was held in September 2015 in Ireland. It then toured twice in Canada, visiting 5 provinces in total. This Irish tour will be the fourth tour of the project, bringing Sokalo Remix to reach new levels of performance.
Here is a vimeo link of the promo video: https://vimeo.com/