Anam (meaning ‘soul’) brings together the skills of four world-class step dancers from the US, Canada and Ireland in an exhilarating fusion of styles. Authentic and raw, this percussive dance piece explores the similarities and differences between the dancers, each with their own distinct hard shoe style. Anam attests to the tradition of ‘passing on’; celebrating the dance’s essential spirit, yet injecting it with fresh energy to create something new.

This uplifting production is performed to live music and song composed by acclaimed Irish musician Fergal Ó Murchú, accompanied by Mikey Smith (pipes and tin whistle) and Joseph McNulty (bodhrán and guitar). Featuring dancers Matthew Olwell (Appalachian Flat Foot) Jonathan Kelliher (North Kerry “Munnix”) Nathan Pilatzke (Ottawa Valley, Canada) and John Fitzgerald (Modern Irish).

Anam was co-directed by Jonathan Kelliher and Sue-Ellen Chester MacCarthy.

Co-commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival and The National Folk Theatre of Ireland

Duration 75 minutess, no interval.


  • Wed, Sep 20 | 20:00

Town Hall Theatre
Courthouse Square
Co. Galway
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