The ancient tale of The Táin is getting a 21st century rework with a hip hop dance theatre interpretation in Limerick this week. Running from tonight (July 20) to Friday July 25 at 9pm nightly in Limerick’s Milk Market, the epic legend of Cúchulainn and Queen Maeve will be reimagined and retold using a combination of dance and an MC to an original soundtrack by Icarus Rising.
The Táin—produced in association with Dance Limerick, the City of Culture ‘Made in Limerick’ strand and the local authority—brings together a cast of local, national and international hip hop dance theatre artists. It features local dancer Barry Burke AKA Bazzy B as well as other local dancers and members of the Limerockers Cru. The creative director is well known local theatre practitioner, Ciarda Tobin.
The blurb is: “The city is the state, two tribes collide, a hero emerges.
The epic Irish tale of Cúchulainn and Queen Maeve is launched into today’s simmering underworld of tribal turf wars. Fired by passion and pride, Cúchulainn seeks to defend his territory at all costs. In this explosive re-imagining of the ancient story, there are scores to be settled, sacrifices to be made and the ultimate prize to be claimed. This spectacular production fuses urban art forms with stunning performances…”
It sounds amazing and really unique! Making a story from the distant past relevant again is no mean feat and of course, this production builds on the buzz created earlier in the month by the Make A Move festival—a celebration of hip hop and urban culture.
The Táin is suitable for audiences over 12 years and there is limited seating.
Tickets are €10 and €5 (concession). Tickets can be bought online, at Harpers Coffee House @ The Milk Market and on the door (cash only for door sales). More general information here.
Ms Tobin said: “The legend of The Táin is familiar to many people. We have taken the original story and are re-telling it in the present day. It’s still a story about power and greed, but the setting is contemporary and is inspired by city life. We’re really excited to be re-imagining the epic tale through hip hop theatre and are very lucky to be working with amazing collaborators such as Bad Taste Cru – specialists in hip hop theatre – and Barry Burke, who is well known for his work with hip hop groups in Limerick, as well as Icarus Rising, who have created an original soundtrack especially for The Táin. This is the first hip hop theatre show to be produced in Ireland, so we really hope everyone will come and see what it’s all about. We have a great team made up of creative and performing artists from all over the world, together with some of Limerick’s finest, and we’re very grateful to Limerick City of Culture whose funding has made this exciting project possible”.
See below for a teaser ad…
Barry ‘Bazzy B’ Burke (Limerick)
Shane Davis, aka Dirty Harry (Limerick)
Michelle ‘Mystique’ Lukmani (US)
Darren ‘Jelly’ O’Kane (Ire/UK)
Sachith ‘Bboy SamRoc’ Premarathna (Sri Lanka/Dublin)
Nora Rodriguez (Mexico/Limerick)
Chris ‘Fluidgirl’ Young-Ginzburg (US)
Choreography is by Paul Martin and Conor O’Kane of leading international hip hop theatre company Bad Taste Cru, in collaboration with Limerick dancer and teacher Barry ‘Bazzy B’ Burke;
Original soundtrack is by hip hop duo Icarus Rising: Mexy (Dundalk) and West Knyle Ambers (Detroit/Dublin), featuring vocalist Emma Jane Maher (Dundalk);
Set and Costume Design is by Irish Theatre Award Nominee Emma Fisher (Limerick)
Lighting and AV Design is by Art O’Laoire (Cork)
Film Content is by Shane Serrano (Limerick)