My impressions of Ireland are formed by two things: Once the Musical, and Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre’s Rian. And really, I ask myself, how is it I don’t live there/have never even visited?
I loved Rian when I first saw it at Sadler’s Wells in 2011. That was admittedly before I began writing (or tweeting even) about dance, so unfortunately no formal records exist. But I’ll never forget how smile-inducing the entire show was, how some Irish in the audience were gamely singing along, and how much I wanted to be part of the performance. It seemed to remind me – amidst the occasional weariness of dance training – of how enjoyable and liberating dance can and should be.