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Céilí: Seán Curran Company and Darrah Carr Dance

Céilí: Seán Curran Company and Darrah Carr Dance


Seán Curran Company and Darrah Carr Dance


Irish Arts Center
726 11th Avenue (bet. 51st & 52nd), New York, NY 10019


Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 8:00pm daily through October 2, 2022
Saturday, October 1, 2022 - 2:00pm daily through October 2, 2022



Seán Curran Company and Darrah Carr Dance

Seán Curran and Darrah Carr evoke the spirit, life, and celebration of the Irish céilí in the world premiere of a new work that merges contemporary choreography and modern Irish form into a vibrant transformation of social dance. 

Along with a multigenerational cast of performers from both companies, and musicians Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna, whose score connects the dots between their experience as composers/improvisers in NYC and their deep admiration for Irish music, the award-winning choreographers explore the idea of coming together for a céilí that simultaneously embraces tradition and innovation.


"A stunning marriage of virtuosity and emotion. [Seán Curran] dances like a soul in free fall, furiously moving his limbs to express sadness, shame, and ecstasy."—NEW YORK TIMES

"Ms. Carr’s immensely likable and skillful dancers move with a space-gobbling buoyancy and openness that looks as if they might take flight”—NEW YORK TIMES

Choreography: Darrah Carr & Seán Curran, in collaboration with the dancers

Music composed & arranged by: Dana Lyn (violin) & Kyle Sanna (guitar)

Seán Curran Company: Jack Blackmon, Dwayne Brown, Benjamin Freedman, Israel Harris, Mariel Harris, Lauren Kravitz, Jin Ju Song-Begin

Darrah Carr Dance: Michelle Esch, Kendal Griffler, Caitlin Kelaghan Trent Kowalick, Jonathan Matthews-Guzmán, Melissa Padham-Maass, Laura Neese, Alexandra Williamson

Lighting design: Amanda K. Ringger
Set and visual design: Mark Randall
Costume design: Amanda Shafran 

Additional choreography: Box Tops (1985), body percussion duet choreographed & composed by Tigger Benford & Martha Partridge

Apprentices: Abigail Curran, Andrew Queen, Aidan Hurff, Julia Manwaring, Jack Puluka


$25-49 ($28-55 inclusive of service fees)60 minutes

Sep 29, 2022 – Oct 2, 2022




Generously supported by Creative Engagement, funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC.

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