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Nic Gareiss: Solo Square Dance

Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies



Friday, November 17, 2017 7:30PM
Philbin Studio Theatre


Solo Square Dance is a percussive dance performance commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Irish Dance Halls Act, which banned citizens from dancing in homes. This 60-minute show features new pieces inspired by this and other such dance bans, including the Elmore City, Oklahoma dancing ban that inspired the film Footloose and the most recently lifted dancing ban in Pound, Virginia (only lifted in 1999!) which required that dancing permits not be granted "to anyone who is not a proper person, nor to a person who is not a person of good moral character."

Solo Square Dance uses traditional and original step dance movement from Ireland, Canada, and Appalachia to explore the dialectic of public/private life, probing the subversive power of dancing+sounding bodies. The show asks the question: in light of its historic prohibitions, can dance act as a vehicle of liberation and social transformation for our present times?

This is a free but ticketed event. Tickets will only be available for pick-up one hour prior to the performance. To guarantee your reservation please pick-up your Will Call tickets at least 15 minutes prior to the performance. In the event of a sell out, unclaimed Will Call tickets will be used to seat patrons waiting on standby.

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