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Dance performance from Company Philip Connaughton

In association with Once Off Productions and Dance Ireland

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DanceHouse, Dublin.

February 2, 2024 7:00 PM

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About the event

Join us on opening night for ground-breaking dance from one of Ireland’s leading choreographers, Philip Connaughton, in a thrilling interpretation of Virgil’s epic poem, The Aeneid. For two thousand years the tale of Aeneas and his companions’ dramatic flight from their burned city of Troy and the eventual establishment of Rome has captured readers’ imaginations.

Exploring themes both timeless and contemporary including war, migration, displacement and identity, through dance and movement, this intimate, unplugged version will be performed to an exhilarating electronic score. This bold new work offers a fresh perspective that speaks to audiences on an emotional level.

Philip Connaughton is a Resident Artist at Project Arts Centre, Dublin

The Guardian ★★★★
“…a thrillingly contemporary response to Virgil’s epic...”
“…a riveting ensemble.”

Presented in association with Once Off Productions and Dance Ireland


After a career-defining moment as a young dancer performing in Berlioz’s opera Les Troyens/The Trojans at La Scala, twenty-five years later Philip Connaughton (Party Scene, Love Songs) returns as a choreographer to the work and to the compelling themes of war, primacy of fate, the suffering of wanderers, and the glory of State.

TROJANS is created in collaboration with sound designer/electronica composer Oberman Knocks, costume designer Emily Ní Bhroin, video designer Luca Truffarelli and a cast of exceptional Irish and international dancers.

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Literature IrelandInstituto Italiano di Cultura DublinoThe Classical Teachers Association of IrelandThe Classical Association of IrelandThe Classical Association of Northern IrelandAdvocating Classics EducationIrish Institute of Hellenic Studies at AthensMaynooth UniversityTrinity College DublinInstituto Italiano di Cultura Dublino

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