Dublin Fringe Festival

Fringe 2014


This year we’re looking out upon unidentified horizons. We reflect on our past and imagine what’s ahead over yonder. We’re embracing the tensions between ambiguity and fact, the personal and the private, between real and fantasy. Intrepid, fearless and powerful artists are our guides.

These visionaries lead our explorations of our city and ourselves. Our laughter will run riot, our reflections will be deep and we’ll immerse ourselves in ideas, in new knowledge and unusual experiences. Come along with us, we’re going to have a great time doing it.

We’ve painted ourselves in new stripes for the occasion. In 2014 we’re proud to become Tiger Dublin Fringe. Ever an advocate of discovery, Tiger Beer becomes our title sponsor, backing your exploration of adventurous art embedded throughout the city. Tiger joins its support to that of our stalwart core funders: the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Dublin City Council and Fáílte Ireland and our host of other public and private supporters.

Take a trip through Tiger Beer presents Dublin Made to encounter on-the-edge dance, music, comedy and theatre from The Company, Shaun Dunne and Talking Shop Ensemble, Jape, DJ Kormac, Philip Connaughton and Foil Arms and Hog. These are artists who are rooted in Dublin, making shows with global significance. Count on delightful, electric and thrilling performances. 2FM also presents a series of Chancers giving us the opportunity to take a risk and engage with some of the cheekier aspects of Fringe.

Tiger Dublin Fringe will feature brave new theatre, dance, comedy, music, spectacle and more. We are wall to wall full of unmissable nights and incredible moments.

In the opening festival weekend, two outdoor works look back at ancient Ireland. Ulysses Opera Theatre brings us HARP | A River Cantata a largescale, free outdoor concert, an ode to the Samuel Beckett Bridge and retelling of the Dagda myth. French/Québecois/Moroccan artist 2Fik does an 8-hour photoshoot staging 2Fik does Strongbow (and Aoife) in a daring and cheeky reworking of the classic painting depicting the Norman conquest.

Meeting House Square becomes home to an exciting line-up of concerts and happenings. The luminous Camille O’Sullivan celebrates her 20-year history with Fringe in two smouldering concerts.

US choreographer Miguel Gutierrez leads us in DEEP AEROBICS, made famous by sweating, beaming fans of The Knife all over the world. Tiger Dublin Fringe spreads to venues loved and unknown across the city, from Project Arts Centre to Tom Walsh’s House in Dublin 8, from Smock Alley to Drury Street Car Park and the first time ever, the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage. Irish Fringe favourites like Sonya Kelly, Brian Fleming, 15th Oak, Lords of Strut, Tracy Martin and Eleanor Tiernan return joined by artists new to Fringe like Maud in Cahoots, Al Porter, Vaari Claffey, Alison Spittle and Stefan Fae. Look for collaborations between Irish artists and those from Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and USA – a sure sign that Fringe makers are making their mark on the world stage. Be sure to catch the sensational appearance from Croatian choreographer Matija Ferlin; it will stun dance, poetry and visual art fans alike.

You’ll notice a particular Canadian feel to the festival this year; I couldn’t help but bring something from one home to another. Canada and Ireland have more and more in common; here’s your chance to encounter leading Canadian makers. Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq (Cambridge Bay) performs her astonishing live score to the documentary classic Nanook of the North, bringing The Arctic alive in Meeting House Square. Toronto’s Evan Webber & Frank Cox-O’Connell return with their intimate theatre-and-war plays Ajax, the much-anticipated second half of 2010 Fringe favourite Little Iliad - less than 40 seats a show, don’t miss out. From Vancouver, The Chop brings us How to Disappear Completely, where a charismatic lighting designer shows us tricks of the trade while recounting how he granted his mother’s dying wish.

Moving to Dublin, getting to know the city and calling it my own has been an incredible ride and putting together this festival has been an honour and a total delight. Thank you to Dublin and its community of artists, thinkers, makers, doers and lovers-of-life for the warm and sincere welcome. Thanks to our Board of Directors for vision and total dedication. Thanks to our passionate staff for their leadership, talent and skill – they love this festival and it shows. Thanks to all of Fringe’s generations of artists and to former directors Jimmy Fay, Ali Curran, Vallejo Gantner, Wolfgang Hoffman and in particular Róise Goan (who introduced me to Dublin Fringe Festival in the first place) for the brilliant legacy they fostered that we get to continue.

For you Fringe audiences, the fans, aficionados and first-timers, welcome. Embrace this year’s cornucopia of sensational performances. Chance your arm on something new, take a risk along with these wonderful artists and live it up!

Kris Nelson

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