Dance and performance art

Fáinne Óir

Nov 24 2019
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Dame Street, Dublin City, Dublin,
T: +353 818 719330

Exciting new Music and Contemporary Dance experience from Mayo composer Kathy Fahey comes to Dublin for the first time.

This ambitious music and dance experience is the creation of Mayo composer Kathy Fahey who was inspired by the resilience and community spirit of the Irish during the Famine.

‘Fáinne Oir’ tells the story of the O’Malleys, an Irish family living in the townland of Glanageeha in West Mayo during the Famine Years of 1845-1848. It is also a story of young love between Saoirse, the oldest O’Malley daughter, and farm hand Diarmuid. The destructive potato blight hits Ireland and the O’Malley smallholding does not escape.

Through music and dance, the audience are taken on a journey as Diarmuid makes a promise to Saoirse that he will protect and love her forever. The audience are also taken on a sad and tragic journey – and emigration to the exciting sights of Saoirse’s big new world – New York city. But Saoirse’s heart is back home in Glanageeha. The story of the O’Malley family from Glanageeha in West Mayo during the heartache years of the Great Irish Famine, ultimately ends on a high note of love and happiness for all and the gold wedding ring (‘Fainne Oir’) returns.

Kathy's original music will be performed by the Mayo Concert Orchestra, supported by Mayo vocal group 'Voxfusion' and traditional musicians from Mayo and from New York. ‘Fainne Oir’ will be choreographed by Ciara Sexton who is a five-time world champion and lead dancer in ‘Riverdance’, ‘Lord of the Dance’ and ‘Heartbeat of Home’. She will be supported by some of the best Irish and contemporary dancers!

Set and lighting design is inspired by the paintings of Achill based artist Padraig McCaul who is working on a set of original paintings recounting the ‘Fainne Oir’ story.