A Meditation on Masculinity

Lïnger is a critically-acclaimed contemporary 
Irish dance work involving former principal of Riverdance Breandán de Gallaí, and Nick O’Connell, two male dancers at opposite ends of their dancing careers.

This ground-breaking theatrical experience received stellar reviews and sell out success at home in Ireland and at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, where it was shortlisted for the Festival’s coveted Total Theatre Awards. 

Choreographed and directed by de Gallaí, this immersive work explores identity, sexuality, and ageing, unfolding through a rich tapestry of music, movement, life-drawing, photography, and film.

Lïnger is a meditation on masculinity, a concept that can mean many things, and it aims to leave the viewer a little closer to understanding its complexity. Considerable sections of the show include the deliberate choreographic choice of both performers dancing in unison, which Jane Berg interpreted so brilliantly in reviewing Lïnger at the Edinburgh Fringe:

This simple contrast of sameness/difference
is complex terrain for the subconscious to contemplate whilst being transported by a choreography of breath-taking unison. Teacher, pupil, father, son, lovers, or perhaps the same person, the sensitivity of the work encompasses all these possibilities.

Berg | 2016

This duality: mentor/apprentice; lovers; the same person at different times; reinforces the aim to conjure a sense of “being neither here nor there” (Heaney 1998), a division into two states. 

Lïnger harnesses this contrast, the mercurial movements of youth juxtaposed with the more considered gestures of the less young making us reflect on the passage of time and who we are at various junctures of our lives. 

Linger was shortlisted for A Total Theatre & The Place Award for Dance at EdFringe2016