An Focal · Music and Dance

Noctú Bares All

Noctú meaning to bare or reveal all is a new departure for the genre that is Irish dancing. Cheoreographed and directed by Riverdance Principal Dancer Breandán da Gallaí, the show gives a new look into the world of Irish dancing.

Noctú tells the story of Irish dance from the viewpoint of the dancer using movement, parody, comedy and sadness. The show pushes the boundaries of traditional Irish dance as we know it. ‘Dance Off’ is a new RTÉ television series to be broadcast this summer that follows the making of Noctú. The RTÉ show will follow the production from auditions and boot camp to the artistic growth and rehersals of the show. It will show the blood, sweat and tears that go into an Irish dance production.

The premier of the dance performance takes place in Lagan Valley Island Centre, Lisburn, where emotions run high on opening night. This international search for the world’s best Irish dancers comes to a climax here when thirteen competitors from Ireland, Scotland, England, Australia, Canada and Hungary take to the stage.


Through a series of acts the audience will see behind the scenes and get under the skin of if those who negotiate the politics, the battles, the highs and the lows, the bliss and the agony of being an Irish dancer. They will get a once in a lifetime insight into the dedicated lives of Irish dancers and why they chose this hard path.

Breandán has led performances to over 600 million people worldwide achieving stardom among live audiences. He led the Riverdance Troupe, as soloist, to open the 2003 Special Olympic Games with a live audience of over 80,000. Breandán has been choregraphing traditional dance from his youth and after studying in the Giordana school in Chicago started to add other dance influences to his creations. Audiences will have an opportunity to see his newest creation Noctú live at various venues around the country from 18 April until 1 May. The show comes to the University Concert Hall on 28 April.

(text published in ‘An Focal’ 5 April 2011)

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