What The Critics Say

Aon Review Quotes 2017

Sean Hillen, Worlditineraries.co

“I and my companions were left stunned by the intense creative spirit that brought this fine work of art to fruition – de Gallaí, artistic director and choreographer of Ériu, caresses, shapes and anchors the Irish dance motif in an exhilarating universal language of music and movement.”

“de Gallaí teases his audience into an angst-filled modern world inhabited by zombie-like people squeezed by society’s severe restrictions, where a sense of meaning is lost, a world where even finding companionship seems impossible”

“half-way between genius and madness”


Ellie O’Byrne, Irish Examiner

Aon is a fusion of Irish dance and contemporary dance, combining many of the breath-taking elements of Irish dance with a deeper and at times more challenging approach.

“The bare foot sequences are the most beautiful of all, accentuating the duality between the vulnerability on the one hand, and the incredible strength and speed on the other, of the dancers.”

“the troupe works as a corps and pays respect to the strength and personality of each individual body.”


David Wallace, Dance Magazine International

De Gallaí’s use of the ensemble was impressive throughout, with the movement taking the dancers across the stage like groups of geese in flight — organized, powerful and a joy to watch.

“Toward the end of the first half, the dancing stops, time stands still and we are transported to what feels like the heart of the work … in the evening’s most remarkable moment, Sarah Fennel sang Dido’s Lament from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in a traditional unaccompanied style of Irish singing called sean-nós”

“The company’s 12 dancers … were strong, committed and highly skilled.”


Praise for Ériu – other productions


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

5-STAR RATING Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Linger is superb: a must-see full-on theatrical show … intensely moving
… technically brilliant … breathtaking”
Stephanie Green & Mark Harding, The Skinny 9th Aug 2016
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“De Gallaí is pushing and playing with his inherited language in ways I’ve never seen before in Irish dance, and in the process exposing aspects of himself and his dance career with a seriousness that feels both tender and brave.”
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian 19th Aug 2016
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“In one moment there is defiance and power … a proud living in the present. But there is also repression … a closed-eye uncertainty and vulnerability to outside forces. Linger skilfully manages these contradictory tensions that lie at the heart of human identity.”
Michael Seaver, Irish Times 2016

“Powerful, tender and achingly beautiful.”
Chris O’Rourke Irish Examiner 2016

Rite of Spring

Rite of Spring was shortlisted for an Allianz Business to Arts Award 2013

“… dance spectacle, Rite of Spring, by Ériu Dance Company … staged in the grounds of Cavan Cathedral left thousands spellbound.”
Irish Times, 2012

“de Gallaí pushes the musical and dramatic limits of The Rite of Spring without pretension or overwork … a dramatic triumph.”
Anna Mackey, Ballet Historian


Noċtú was nominated for 2 Drama Desk Awards New York – Outstanding Choreography & Unique Theatrical Experience 2012

“With his new show Noċtú, Irish dance director and choreographer Breandán de Gallaí has created arguably the most challenging Irish dance work ever seen on a New York stage.
Cahir O’Doherty Irish Voice, New York

“A superb blending of dance and human emotions, Noċtú is one of the best shows of the 2011-2012 season and one that should definitely be seen by all – and as many times as possible.”
Judd Hollander Stagebuzz, New York

“I rarely use the overused word but here it is, “mesmerizing” … I was taken along as the dancers turned the world of Irish dance upside down.”
Patricia Harty, IrishCentral.com, NY