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Preview: Tiger Dublin Fringe – Highlights

TIGERDUBLINFRINGEThe programme for 2014 Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival has been announced. Running from the 5th to the 20th of September, this year’s programme of multi-disciplinary art and performance is sure to appeal to a diverse audience. With a new creative director (Kris Nelson) at the helm and a new sponsor (Tiger Beer), this year’s festival is set to provide an interesting mix of live performances, music, theatre, dance, visual art and creative events.

This years festival features three distinct strands, 2FM PRESENTS CHANCERS, TIGER BEER PRESENTS DUBLIN MADE and SHOW IN A BAG. Each of these collective strands encompasses a variety of original work, including comedy, music theatre, circus and even a workout session with a difference.

A highlight of the 2FM PRESENTS CHANCERSprogramme strand is DEEP AEROBICS. It’s time to dig out the neon legwarmers, this is a workout event facilitated by New York-based choreographerMiguel Gutierrez and takes place on Sunday the 19th of September in Dublin’s Meeting House Square. Gutierrez has previously warmed up for Swedish dance band The Knife, so this event promises to be an uninhibited celebration of sweat, bodies, and communal dancing.

There is plenty of diversity among the theatre work on offer at this year’s festival. No Strings Attached new piece, THE CARVED SOUL, will be an interesting experience of the art of puppetry in theatre. Third generation puppeteer, Jason Lambert and movementspecialist, Claire Walsh have come together from the well known and loved Lambert Puppet Theatre to create a piece which explores memory and the nature of reality. THE CARVED SOULruns in Smock Alley Theatre, The Boys School from the 13th -17th of September.

Indeed memory, reality and the way in which we as humans attempt to order our world, is a central theme of a number of plays in this year’s festival programme. The Chop Theatre’s award winning HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY is running between the 17th and the 20th of September at the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage. In this piece, acclaimed lighting designer Itai Erdal explores of the memory of his sick mother. Erdal explores the many questions which arise from the process of remembering those who have left this world. Travelling to Dublin from Canada it promises to be a beautifully lit piece. From remembering to forgetting, Just The Lad’s AT SEA is a play inspired by the creator’s personal encounters with dementia. Through music, voice and images AT SEAwill evoke the feelings and memories of a life shining on through the fog of forgetting. AT SEAruns from the 8th – the 13th of September at The New Theatre.

While the aforementioned performances focus on earthly concerns, Dr.Niamh Shaw contemplates our connection with the heavens in TO SPACE, an interactive immersive show running at the Science Gallery Dublin – Studio Space from the 8th – the 14th of September. Dr.Shaw has spent a year interviewing astronauts, astrophysicists, and industry scientists as research for an exploration of our drives and desires which have influenced and continue to inform our journey into the celestial realms. Game Theory’s ALWAYS ALONE TOGETHER, which runs from the 16th-20th at Smock Alley Theatre-The Black Box, explores the digital world, and the fragmentation of identity when life can be lived within both physical and digital space.

This year’s Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival is an abundant cornucopia of culture and art. With all that is on offer the festival exceeds the possibility of a short and concise summation, and it is this quality variance which, of course, makes this year’s programme an exciting opportunity for all to explore.

Tickets to all shows available at www.fringefest.com, book early to avoid disappointment.

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Photo courtesy of Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival. Runs from September 5th-20th 2014

Orna O’Connor

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