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Dance: Marc Brew’s ‘The Race’ On Demand for Culture Night 2023

22 Sep 2023 (Past)


This Culture Night, The Ark is delighted to offer free access to stream this exciting new dance piece inspired by Aesop’s Fables for children aged 4+ at home and in school.

Created by acclaimed international choreographer, Marc Brew, and presented by The Ark, Dublin Dance Festival and Arts & Disability Ireland, The Race entwines three of Aesop’s Fables to create a fun, interactive and colourful world of animals, puppets, theatre and movement.

Cheer with our cast of animals as the Tortoise and the Hare set off for the finish line, join the Grasshopper in gazing with fascination as the Ants collect food for the winter ahead, and root for the little Mouse as she faces down the mighty Lion! Watch as their journeys unfold through beautiful movement and dance, and share in the lessons they learn along the way.

Originally performed as part of Dublin Dance Festival 2023, The Race is now available to stream on demand for one day only as part of Culture Night 2023. Performed by a cast of disabled and non-disabled dance artists, the show features integrated ISL and is accessible with or without captions thanks to its highly visual style.

Dates and Times
Culture Night 2023, Friday 22 September, available from 4pm – midnight

Available on Friday 22 September from 10am

Age Range: Ages 4+

Duration: 45 mins

Marc Brew – Director and Choreographer
Rob Heaslip – Performer and Rehearsal Director
Caoimhe Coburn Gray – Performer
Florent Devlesaver – Performer
Helen Hall – Performer
Kelly Phelan – Producer
Alyson Cummins – Set and Costume Designer
Suzie Cummins – Lighting Designer
Tom Lane – Composer and Sound Designer
Caoimhe Dunn – Puppet Designer
Kilian Waters – AV Designer
Clive Welsh – Stage Manager
Sara Gannon – Assistant Stage Manager and Artist Liaison
Toni Bailey – Wardrobe supervisor and Costume maker
Sean Herlihy – ISL Consultant
Chloe Commins – Aerial Consultant
Bríd Ní Ghruagáin – Audio Describer and Touch Tour Guide
Mel Wilson – Access Worker

A MOVE Commission, co-commissioned by The Ark, Dublin Dance Festival and Arts & Disability Ireland.
Concept & Direction by Marc Brew Choreography in collaboration with the performers.
Filmed by Tiny Ark.
The Race was filmed in 2023 with support from the Department of Education, Department of Rural and Community Development and Rethink Ireland.

Artist Biography

Acclaimed International disabled choreographer, Artistic Director and dancer, Marc Brew trained as a professional dancer at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He has been working in the UK and Internationally for over 20 years as a director, choreographer, dancer, teacher and speaker; with the Australian Ballet Company, State Theatre Ballet Company of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre, candoco dance company and AXIS Dance Company. Marc was Associate Director with Scottish Dance Theatre, Associate Artistic Director with Ballet Cymru in Wales and was Associate Artist in 2015 at Tramway Theatre in Glasgow. Since 2008 Marc has been dedicating time to his own choreography with Marc Brew Company and his recent choreographic commissions include San Francisco Ballet School, Dancing Wheels, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Cymru (Wales), YDance (Scotland), AXIS Dance Company (USA), Candoco Dance Company (UK), Touch Compass (NZ), Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (USA) and Scottish Dance Theatre (Scotland). Marc was presented with a Centenary Medal for Outstanding Contribution as a dancer and choreographer. His work Remember When was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Performance (individual) and his recent solo work For Now, I am… was listed in the Guardians Top 10 Dance Shows for 2016.

Marc is currently Artistic Director at AXIS Dance Company and Associate Artistic Director at Ballet Cymru.

The Race by Marc Brew- official trailer

The Race: Rob Heaslip, Helen Hall, Florent Devlesaver and Caoimhe Coburn Gray. Photograph: Alan Betson

Just because I couldn’t stand up or dance the way I used to, I still wanted to express myself.

Marc Brew, Director and Choreographer

The Race: Marc Brew with Rob Heaslip and Florent Devlesaver. Photograph: Alan Betson

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