This book provides the first critical and contextual study of
contemporary and historical dance theatre in Ireland. Since the
arrival of the traditional dance spectacular Riverdance in 1994,
Irish dance has not only become a topic of global interest, but
also a subject of heated debate. The emergence of companies such as
CoisCeim Dance Theatre and Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre in the
mid-1990s marked an important turning point in Irish dance practice
that once again provoked a re-thinking of the perception of the
dancing body and its position within Irish performance culture.
McGrath's study examines how groundbreaking dance theatre works
have tackled some of the most urgent and difficult socio-political
and cultural questions in Ireland, and how in doing so they have
re-imagined seemingly hermetic narratives of oppression and
limiting definitions of 'Irish' corporeality. This study provides a
timely reading of these revolutionary moves.
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