Dancing as if language had surrendered to movement
In addition to playing Rose in Curio's upcoming production of Dancing at Lughnasa, I am also really looking forward doing the choreography for it as well. Friel's description of the Mundy sisters when they break into dance is vivid: "With this too loud music, this pounding beat, this shouting - calling - singing, this parodic reel, there is a sense of order being consciously subverted"
This is no Riverdance here. In fact, that arms-at-your-sides-dance-from-the-knees-down that we think of as Irish dance is a relatively new development, instituted when a version of strict Catholic nationalism was being pushed at the turn of the last century - at the expense of many earthier, pagan-based traditions. The Irish set dance is a much freer folk dance and we are going to be developing a vocabulary of steps as a company that the sisters would have learned as girls at the rural harvest dances. This movement can then be integrated naturally into the explosive, impulsive dance in Act I.
Check out some traditional set dancing!