Magazine article Dance Magazine

Colin Dunne: Contemporary Irish Dancer

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Colin Dunne: Contemporary Irish Dancer

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My relationship with dance has been an ever-shifting thing. I grew up in Birmingham, England, to Irish parents, and dance was wrapped up in my second-generation Irish identity. In the 1980s, it was difficult to feel at ease with being both English and Irish--you felt like you had to choose which side you were on. Everything about dance was my channel for proclaiming my Irishness. But those nationalistic agendas fell away around 20 years ago when I moved to Ireland after performing in Riverdance. That was probably the ultimate statement of Irish identity, and as a result, I was oversaturated with it and pulled away toward a more solo and personal practice. In 2001 I got my master's degree in contemporary dance. Now at 51, I'm just following my impulses. I'm not trying to make Irish dance more accessible, or update it, or break boundaries. I'm not waving the flag--I'm just looking for what's of interest to me. Somehow, that always leads me back to the studio. …

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