Young dancers Unlaois’d for debut performance

Young contemporary dancers from across Laois are to perform their first show in the Dunamaise Arts Centre later this month.

Young contemporary dancers from across Laois are to perform their first show in the Dunamaise Arts Centre later this month.

Titled ‘Mathematics’, this is guaranteed to be more fun that sitting in a classroom, as 25 energetic dancers pose maths problems to the audience, and explain through dance how to find the answers.

Formed last September by Niamh White, Visual Arts and Outreach Officer at the Dunamaise, the troup is jointly funded by the Portlaoise centre and the Arts Council’s Young Ensemble,

“The aim in forming Unlaois’d was to increase young people’s understanding and awareness of contemporary dance in Laois with a view to them considering and exploring vocational training opportunities,” said Lorraine O’Callaghan of the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

The dance company are led by Dublin choreographer Cathy Coughlan who has previously worked with youth dance groups in Laois as part of the Trick r Street festival in 2009.

Since their formation, they have been working hard each week to develop their technical dance skills and create and choreograph their own story through dance. Their exciting results can be seen at the debut performance of ‘Mathematics’ on Monday, June 27 at 8pm.

Throughout the year the company have also attended performances and workshops led by two of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance companies – Coiscéim and Fidget Feet.

Dunamaise Arts Centre gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Arts Council with funding from the Young Ensemble Scheme 2011. The Young Ensembles Scheme is one of a number of funding opportunities offered by the Arts Council to support and develop the arts in Ireland. The primary purpose of the award is to support groups of young people between the ages of 12 and 23 to create ambitious and original work together in any artform.

Tickets for Mathematics are priced €4/€3 and are on sale from the Dunamaise Arts Centre box office at 057 8663355 or online at www.dunamaise.ie