Noctú, Exposing Flesh and Heart of Irish Dancers, Opens at Irish Rep Sept. 12

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The Irish Repertory Theatre in Manhattan dances to a new tune — literally — for its 2011-12 season-opener. Ériu Dance Company's Noctú, "a new Irish dance/performance piece," gets its American premiere, opening Sept. 12 following previews from Sept. 6. The dance continues to Oct. 2.

Members of the Eriu Dance Company
Members of the Eriu Dance Company Photo by Carol Rosegg

Conceived and directed by Riverdance principal dancer Breandán de Gallaí, the show is billed as "a completely new departure for the Irish dance-show genre. It pushes the boundaries of the Irish dance aesthetic and explores new expression possibilities. This performance allows the audience to get under the skin of those who perform in the dance world and allows us a glimpse of what matters to them."

The word noctú means "bare, strip, uncover," or "baring, exposure; disclosure, revelation," according to Irish Rep notes.

Performances play Irish Repertory's Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage (132 W. 22nd Street).

Here's how Noctu is billed: "There are no boundaries, no rules, no expectations — only pure organic movement — an unexplored, visceral aesthetic is bared. The centerpiece of the show illustrates the world as the dancers see it — from their point of view … through their lens. It is an unearthing of a personal narrative … an archaeology of the self. It is a shameless display of that which was previously unimaginable … a devil-may-care attitude to the conventional. It is an honest celebration of who we really are. As the work develops, awkward spaces are rejected and marginalized characters unite — their uniqueness celebrated as exceptional. It champions three central disenfranchised characters as they negotiate a new space in which to function — one in which they feel they can belong."

The American premiere stars the Éiru Dance Company — an international cast of world-class Irish step dancers from Ireland, Scotland, England, Australia, Canada and Hungary: Jack Anderson, Peta Anderson, Ellen Bonner, Orlagh Carty, Joseph Comerford, Niamh Darcy, Gyula Glaser, James Greenan, Kyla Marsh, Kienan Melino, Megan McElhatton, Ashlene McFadden, Nick O'Connell, Katrina O'Donnell, Aislinn Ryan and Callum Spencer. Support for this production was provided by Imagine Ireland, an initiative of Culture Ireland.

The production features original music by Joe Csibi, the former musical director of Riverdance, plus traditional Irish music, classical compositions, and contemporary songs. Lighting design is by Michael O'Connor, and costume design is by Nikki Connor.

Scripting consultant is Seán de Gallaí. Production stage manager is Caesar Arroyo.

Tickets are $55 and $65, and are available by calling (212) 727-2737 or online at www.irishrep.org.

Members of the Eriu Dance Company
Members of the Eriu Dance Company Photo by Carol Rosegg
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