Dr. Breandán de Gallaí

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Dancer, choreographer and dance academic 
Breandán de Gallaí’s involvement with dance is multifaceted.

As a choreographer he has created several works, most notably Noċtú and Rite of Spring. In 2011, Noċtú completely a 5-week residency at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York.  On the back of this run the show was nominated for 2 Drama Desk awards, “Outstanding Choreography” and “Unique Theatrical Event”.  His second work, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring premiered at the opening of the Fleadh Fringe in August 2012 attracting 14,000 spectators.  The work received a nomination for the coveted Allianz Business to Arts Awards (Dublin 2012).

Breandán held the position of artist in residence at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in 2008/9.

As a dance scholar his interest lies in the contemporisation of Irish dance. He completed a performance-based doctorate in 2013, the first of its kind in the world. His PhD in Arts Practice title is – “Imeall-Siúl: A Choreographic Exploration of Expressive Possibilities in Irish dance”. He earned an MA in Ethnochoreology in 2009, and was external examiner for the MA in Traditional Irish Dance Performance at the University of Limerick from 2004 – 2008. Breandán was acting Course Director of the Arts Practice PhD programme at the University of Limerick for 2012. He also holds a B.Sc.(Hons) in Physics.

As a dancer, Breandán toured with Riverdance from 1994 – 2003, 7 of which in the position of principal dancer. He performed in Europe, USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and led the company at the opening ceremony of the World Special Olympic Games in 2003. In 2007 he returned to Riverdance as Dance Director.

Breandán training is predominately in Irish step dancing, but is passionate about many dance genres and in 1988 he graduated from the Gus Giordano Dance Academy, Chicago, having been awarded a scholarship to study Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap dance.

Breandán’s main focus is his dance company Ériu. The company explores the poetic potential of the Irish dance form and present work that is explorative and innovative in a contemporary context. His new duet Lïnger, which sees de Gallaí return to the stage after a 12-year hiatus. premiered in Project Arts, Dublin, January 2016. This was followed by performances in Firkin Crane Cork and Dance Limerick. Lïnger can be seen at the Edinburgh Fringe from the 5th – 21st August 2016.

Breandán regularly presents TV programmes for RTÉ and TG4 and acts in TG4’s popular soap opera Ros na Rún.

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