Friday 18th-20th May

La Cat Explore presents Exploriment! A dance fringe week-end  dedicated to celebrating Exploration, Movement & Experimentation! 

Let the body breaks its boundaries, making the physical fizz and igniting the imagination in action! This weekend is an open invitation to Dublin's dancers and dance-lovers and a unique opportunity to explore moods of movement in diverse workshops, to see fresh performance concepts staged before your very eyes and to play, discuss and dream at our open Corroboree Café evenings of improvisation, entertainment, beverage and biscuitry.

Friday 18th May
 doors 8pm, starts 8.30. free entry

Embodying Visions and Dancing Senses 
An introduction to BUTOH dance facilitated by Ambra Bergamasco. More information on THIS LINK

Saturday 19th May
12pm– 5pm - Don't Stop the Dance workshops
The weekend kicks off in style with a series of workshops by the legendary 'Don't Stop the Dance' collective, including an introduction to aerial acro-pole with Lisette Krol – visit their website for more info.

6pm– Chamber Dance - free  admission
For our Saturday show, we are delighted to present an exclusive preview of 'Chamber Dance', a new collaborative performance blending live classical piano and fluid movement for magical results, by dancer Rachel Mulcahy and veteran pianist Doug Lowe. Take a journey through the Romantic era with the most stunning works of Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms and Gershwin brought to life with hypnotic simplicity. Composer, pianist and dancer merge in a beautiful harmony of pure expression. Savour the afterglow at our evening corroboree café...

Free Entry All Night
Inspired by the Australian Aboriginal corroboree interactive dance concept, the corroboree cafes offer a chill-out space, spontaneous performances both comical and serious, open improvisatory dance opportunities, vintage dance-related cinematic visuals and reading matter, beverages and biscuitry. Come one, come all to dance, discuss and dream... Featuring masterful audiovisual maestro Marco Gutierrez, cult comic improv crew 'The Princes of Lagos', the sinuousApollonia tribal bellydance and a jaw-dropping aerial acro-pole display by Lisette Krol.

Sunday 20th May
12pm– 2pm – Butoh Workshop E 20, E18 conc.
In preparation for the first ever Butoh Festival Dublin on 23rd- 26th August, get a taste for yourself of this unique Japanese dance form with an exclusive workshop facilitated by Ambra Bergamasco. Butoh is a profoundly human artform, that speaks from soul to soul through images rather than shapes, building philosophical mindfulness through the body.

3pm– 5pm– T.A.C. Workshop E7
From Far East to near at hand, the Traditional Arts Collective have been earning rave reviews across Ireland for their creative fusions of traditional dance and modern approach, putting the craic back into the ceol. Come and get a taste with this exclusive workshop and performance showcase, including an introduction to the basics of sean nós dance by Mary Beth Taylor.

6pm– Afternoon Avant-Garde - €10
Pushing the boundaries of dance and movement in all directions, this unique mixed bag of performances includes experimental dance piece 'In Whose Hands' by Deirdre Murphy, risqué performance art dance madness by Darren & Terence, tribal silhouette dance byRoisin Corrigan and musical mimo-mask physical theatre performance by Sandra Gonzalez Bandera. Over 18s only. Blending seamlessly into our evening's Corroboree café, speaking of which...

Free Entry All Night
Rounding out Exploriment with another night of spontaneous performance and vintage visuals, this time with a dynamic cabaret twist including a provocatively funny musical show by the gorgeous Rose Lawless, and full-throated jazzy blues by Delta O'Hara and Johnny Rayge, with perhaps a sneak preview of Mr. Rayge's forthcoming album, at everyone's favourite decadent evening of beverage, biscuitry, vintage visuals, dance, discussion and dreaming...

EXPLORIMENT! Is supported by the Arts Council under the Samll festival scheme and  is presented by La Cat Explore, in collaboration with Corroboree Productions, as part of the La Cat Salons in-house curated programme at The Back Loft.