Two young Wicklow Dancers selected to perform with the Irish National Youth Ballet

Wicklow Dancers Irish National Youth Ballet

2 young dancers from Wicklow have been chosen to be part of the Irish National Youth Ballet’s Spring season. Nina Braswell and Sarah Curran will dance as members of the Senior level of the company. This Spring Season will be a quadruple bill of Paquita Excerpts, Les Patineurs, Schubert Impromptu and a new commission An Choill.

Sarah from Blessington will feature as a corps de ballet member in Paquita and An Choill while Nina from Wicklow Town will also dance in these pieces as well as in Schubert Impromptu for some shows. Both dancers were selected last May from an audition of almost 150 of their peers for just 45 places and were the only 2 to be chosen this year from Wicklow.

This season will show Paquita excerpts, a ballet which was first choreographed in 1846, which shows the roots of classical ballet from the tutu to the pointe shoes. Travelling along our timeline to 1937 is Les Patineurs, a wonderful short, standalone piece depicting skaters on a frozen lake. We have included Schubert Impromptu in to our programme, originally choreographed by Charles Czarny for the Irish National Ballet in the 1970’s, now handed on to the Irish National Youth Ballet to keep the repertoire alive in the absence its originator. An exciting new commission by Hamburg based choreographer Nathan Cornwell will finish the show this season. The piece entitled An Choill has been inspired by the Oscar Wilde poem The Forest and promises to be a spectacle of its own.

Announcing the Spring season performances, Artistic Director of Irish National Youth Ballet Lindsay Ashe-Browne, said: “We are thrilled to be performing once again in The Helix Theatre, as it is becoming our home venue, and to be performing a mixed bill which shows how ballet has developed through the ages. To dance with Irish National Youth Ballet, you really do need to be among the best dancing talent on the whole island. The performance level is akin to elite athletics. The audition process is strict and competitive, and our dancers are highly trained. For those who know nothing about ballet this company is the ballet equivalent to the under 20’s Irish rugby team! With less funding but the same level of commitment, talent and dedication.

“This May, audiences can look forward to a magical and unforgettable experience from the exceptionally talented young dancers who make up Spring season cast. They each have an unrelenting passion, commitment, and gift for ballet along with the dedication to travel to Dublin for 8 hours of training every Saturday. Many of our dancers have gone on to become professional ballet dancers worldwide, which is a remarkable achievement given the level of competition. So, audiences really are in for a treat this May!

“We are very grateful for the support we receive from Arts Council Strategic Funding, ‘Friends of the Company’, RTÉ Supporting the Arts and Dance World who help us in our work to develop and promote the best of dance talent on the island of Ireland and in bringing it to audiences across the country.”

Performance Times and Tickets

Tickets are now available for Matinee and evening performances at: Ticket prices range from €10 – €25.

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