Tradition and Beyond – Double Bill

10th November Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Great James Street, Doire 8.00pmBook Now
An outstanding double bill of dance and music at Cultúrlann with highly acclaimed Irish band 'This is How we Fly' and leading Irish dancers Sibeal Davitt and Kristyn Fontanella...

As We Know It - image by Lucy Dawson / This is How we Fly logo

Sibéal Davitt and Kristyn Fontanella (Dance)

As We Know It

Enveloping sounds, rhythms, and patterns – a frank conversation between a Sean-nós dancer and traditional Irish step dancer who question and re-question: what is Irish Dance?

The aim of Sibéal and Kristyn’s joint choreographic practice is to debunk certain attitudes which exist in the realm of traditional Irish dance. It is their view that a well-recognised division exists regarding the different forms of Irish dance. Sibéal and Kristyn ask what the future is for Irish traditional dance, or the oxymoronic ‘contemporary traditional Irish dance’, in a world where its meaning has become blurred and also pastiche in a commercial sense. 

Sibéal Davitt is an Irish choreographer, dancer and teacher based in Dublin. Her style of dance is influenced by contemporary, classical and Irish traditional ‘sean-nós’ dance, having trained in all styles from an early age. 

Kristyn Fontanella has toured for many years with Riverdance, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and performed lead female role in Gaelforce Dance.

Thank you to: Colin Dunne, Jenny Traynor, Maeve Butler, Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Paul Johnson, Gavin FitzGerald, Lucy Dawson and members of Dance Research Forum Ireland.

Support during the creation of this project was provided by: Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, and The Irish Arts Council.


This is How we Fly (Music and Dance)

‘This is How we Fly’ is an acclaimed contemporary folk four-piece of sublime talent with a special take on traditional forms in music and dance.

Traditional music, wherever you find it, has not stood aloof from the tools of change that characterize life in our modern world. As you listen to This is How we Fly, you might find yourself raising delightful questions as to the place, potency and possibilities of old music in a new environment. Or you might find yourself released from the games your mind likes to play, as you submit to its textured and seductive sound world.

Elusive and mercurial... It’s a bold and unfamiliar path, full of surprising diversions that reveal themselves surreptitiously. This is fresh-faced, unboxable music. Irish Times 

This is How we Fly are:

Caoimhín O' Raghallaigh - Hardanger d'amore

Seán Mac Erlaine - Clarinets & Electronics

Nic Gareiss - Percussive dance

Petter Berndalen - Drums


This double-bill performance event will take place at and in partnership with Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin  - go raibh maith agaibh!

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Ticket Prices

Ockham's Razor £12 Full / £10 Conc / £8 - Under 16yrs / Group of 4 for £35

Collective B / Mixed Bill / Ferenc Fehér - £10 / £8

Ayesha Mailey - £8 / £6

Nic Gareiss £8 / £6 (pre-booking essential)

Echo Echo Ensemble £5 / £15 for group of 4

CAAKE performance Donations (Tue) / £5 (Sat)

Classes £5

Symposium Free

Festival Party with Bounce £5


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Performance Pass £50

Access All Events £70



Discounts for larger groups may be available by prior arrangement. Please contact Echo Echo Festival box office 02871308883 in advance.


Access information

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