The Arts Council has sent its congratulations to the Irish theatre and dance artists set to feature at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The festival, which starts today, is a cornerstone for Irish artists presenting work internationally and offers a unique opportunity to garner further touring opportunities.
Nine Irish productions will travel to Edinburgh courtesy of the Government’s Culture Ireland programme, seven of which have been developed through Arts Council support. These include: Gina Moxley’s The Patient Gloria (The Abbey and Pan Pan Theatre); Janet Moran’s A Holy Show (Verdant Productions); David Bolger and Christopher Ash’s Body Language (CoisCéim Dance Theatre); and Pat Kinevane’s Before (Fishamble).
The strong Irish showing at Edinburgh builds on other recent international touring announcements and successes. These include the Abbey Theatre’s production of Roddy Doyle’s Two Pints which travelled to Britain last year and the US this year, and The Gate’s production of Hamlet, starring Ruth Negga, which will play St. Ann's Warehouse in New York in February 2020. John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre also recently took to the stage at The Kennedy Center in Washington with a performance of Actions, and took part in a centennial celebration of Merce Cunningham’s work at Dance Place, also in Washington. And Teaċ Daṁsa’s acclaimed Loch na hEala/Swan Lake, which earlier this year played the festival in Perth, Australia, will perform for audiences in New York, Ottawa and Los Angeles as part of its 2019 North American tour.
Arts Council Director, Orlaith McBride, said: “We are delighted to see the work of Irish artists reaching a global audience and continuing to garner international recognition at the highest level. The Arts Council is committed to recognising the value of international practice and we look forward to continuing to support artists in pursuing such opportunities.”
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