Dublin Dance Festival celebrates its 15th edition this year. The festival brings the best Irish and international dance artists to Dublin stages each May. It brings artists and audiences together to create and share exceptional, provocative and relevant dance experiences.

The Dublin Dance Festival 2019 programme strands cover 'Power of Party', 'Dedication to Dance', 'The Shifting World' and 'Moving Every Body'.

Here's what you need to know about 'Moving Every Body.'



Regardless of age, gender, beliefs or ability, our physical human experience connects us in unique ways. Personal stories, multiple voices, diverse perspectives – dance provides a thread that weaves these together and celebrates them all.


Experience a joyous physical expression of togetherness with Ensemble, which brings together performers ranging in age from 32 to 76 to share a journey that lays bare their strengths, efforts and possibilities. On a sparse and open stage, the group share a journey of interactions.

Ensemble by Robbie Synge and Lucy Boyes


Turn stereotypes upside-down at Princesses Can Be Pirates, a free family event in Meeting House Square for ages 4+.

Two versatile performers join forces as they journey into unknown territory, where play is everything and everywhere. In a series of hilarious scrapes and lively escapades, they swap toys and activities to defy stereotypes and break the norm.

Princesses Can Be Pirates by Mónica Muñoz Marín


And be moved by the thrillingly intense, Inventions that centres around two extraordinary women: Oona Doherty, one of Europe’s most gifted dance artists, and 84-year-old American dance legend Valda Setterfield.

This new Bach-inspired dance work weaves new stories into an old ballroom setting, echoing the memory of dances past. In a series of duets, Inventions focuses on two contrasting couples, one falling in love, the other into abyss. Despite a sense of uneasiness, a lingering promise of hope remains at the close of this thrillingly intense performance.

Inventions by Irish Modern Dance Theatre Dublin Dance FestivalInventions by Irish Modern Dance Theatre


Other events at DDF

The DDF Extended programme offers audiences and communities a chance to dive in and experience more. Partnering with The Digital Hub, Dublin Dance Festival and Selina Thompson bring 'The Missy Elliot Project' to Dublin this year. It's an opportunity for women and girls of colour, aged 14-17, to make a VR experience akin to an old-school Missy Elliott video.

A wide selection of Workshops & Master Classes are also available for everyone from young children to dance practitioners.

A dynamic programme of Works-In-Development by some of Ireland’s most exciting dance artists, a series of Dance on Film and Discussions provide new perspectives on the artform of dance.


For more information, to download the brochure and to book tickets, visit www.dublindancefestival.ie.