Antifracking dance heads to world stage
Love Leitrim release 15/04/14
The Tahany Academy of dancing based in the North West of Ireland is set to take the World Irish dancing championships by storm in London, over the Easter break, 2014. The highly respected school will bring a powerful dance drama to a global audience. The central theme in the dance is of a rural community led by its farmers standing up to the threat of Fracking and is called “My farm I adore”
The dance is a modern day allegory and a call to action for Ireland to move away from the temptation of short term gain towards a vision of a sustainable future for its community and for future generations.
Poignantly the twenty children bringing the message to London who range from 5 to 21 years of age, represent communities on both sides of the border coming from Leitrim, Fermanagh and Cavan, all areas at risk from the controversial process.
The dance school is run by Kathleen and Jemima Tahany, Kathleen herself trained under the prestigious Lynda Fryday school in London. The dance started in their sisters Harriets art exhibition “The Upset” in 2012.
Kathleen and Jemima speak of their reasons behind their courageous decision to take on the topic. They are passionate about the risk from Fracking to both North and South of Ireland, the north west a place in their minds of “natural beauty ” perfect to raise children. A video of the dance performed in rehearsal shot by Love Leitrim has already caused a stir and created a fan base for the dance troupe, with well wishes from communities struggling with the threat of Fracking as far afield as Romania, New South Wales as well as Britain.
The fact that the championships are in London straight after President Higgins visit is fitting. The need for the diaspora to find out about the risk of Fracking to Ireland isn’t lost on the sisters and through the medium of dance an important vehicle to convey that. According to Kathleen “A dance can portray a message. People think and remember in pictures”
The troupe will perform two performances at the Easter holidays April 17th and 18th 2014.
More info and film of dance in rehearsals can be found on http://www.loveleitrim.org/tahany/
Pics courtesy of Brian Farrell: Press photographer