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On the ‘Brink’ of Brexit: dancers scale new heights with show performed on high table

Tuesday 28th January 2020 at 9am 0 Comments Dance


With less than a week to go until the Brexit deadline of 31st January, Northern Ireland’s leading commissioning dance company, Maiden Voyage Dance, will reflect the ongoing climate of insecurity around the issue by performing a new show called ‘Brink’ - on a 1.5 metre high table!

Presented as part of the Maiden Voyage Dance Double Bill at The MAC on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th February, ‘Brink’ is choreographer Eileen McClory’s response to three years of living with the uncertainty of Brexit.  Describing her thinking behind the topical, innovative show, Eileen says:

“Since the Brexit referendum result, we’ve been in a state of constant, stressful negotiation - this feeling like we're on the brink of something, but we don’t know exactly what it is and have no control over it.  As the negotiations got smaller and smaller and boundaries got smaller and smaller, we ended up - instead of having a seat at the table - being on the table.

Choreographically, the restriction on space presented by our high table has created a lot of obstacles, but also a lot of possibilities.  We have really stripped back the choreography and ended up with two human beings laid bare as they try to negotiate and build a future together.

There's a lot of risk in the piece - reflecting how one wrong word can throw a negotiation the wrong way.  For us, it's one wrong move and you could be off the edge of the table!”

In a co-production with Dublin’s Liz Roche Company, a leading light in the development of contemporary dance in Ireland whose work has toured worldwide, the second part of the double bill is The Here Trio.  Bringing together dancers from Northern Ireland, France and Spain, The Here Trio challenges preconceptions about site, history and the right to belong in a place.

Looking forward to the Maiden Voyage Double Bill, Caoileann Curry-Thompson, ACNI Arts Development Officer, Drama and Dance said:

“New work from Maiden Voyage Dance is always an occasion for much excitement, and we at the Arts Council are delighted to be supporting this Double Bill of new commissions. The first, Brink, is by one of Northern Ireland’s most innovative choreographers Eileen McClory, a former ACES awardee. It draws on the amazing talent we have in Belfast, with the superb dancers Ryan and Vasiliki, and music by Katie Richardson. The second, The Here Trio, is by the incomparable Liz Roche a longstanding friend of the company. As ever, Maiden Voyage will be penetrating the important questions of our time, and doing so in a thrilling, dynamic way which is sure to stay with those lucky enough to see this double bill for a long time to come.”

Maiden Voyage is principally funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Supported by Belfast City Council.
Liz Roche Company is strategically funded by Arts Council Ireland and supported by Dublin City Council.

The Maiden Voyage Double Bill will be performed at The MAC at 8pm on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February.  Tickets are priced £18-£12.50 and are on sale now from The MAC box office at or tel. 028 90235053.

The Maiden Voyage Double Bill will also be performed at The Market Place Theatre in Armagh on Wednesday 12 February at 8pm.  Tickets are priced £7 and are on sale now from


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