David Bolger – Artist Presentation

A warm welcome to David Bolger and acclaimed Irish dance company CoisCéim Dance Theatre, His artist presentation is about the making of HOW TO SINK A PAPER BOAT . ”A tale of lost letters & paper boats”.. the film delves into the mysteries of the sea – as events of Dublin Bay’s past collide with the present, bringing history to life in a bold, physical short film. David interweaves the loss of life, letters and missing journal entries to intense, emotional effect. Hundreds of lives and letters were lost at sea when mailboat RMS Leinster was torpedoed in Dublin Bay. In HOW TO SINK A PAPER BOAT this devastating past collides with the present when two people meet. Out for a walk along the sea wall, CORA (Ivonne Kalter) comes across a letter in the water that beckons her to a lighthouse and its keeper, MICHAEL (Daniel Reardon). Her arrival propels the historical event into our time in an emotional embodiment of a tragedy at sea. With minimal dialogue, the film is anchored by poetic, dynamic cinematography and a specially commissioned orchestral score that captures the ebb and flow of the epic and intimate nature of the narrative and choreography.

More information on the film can be found here as they dont have a trailer yet.

David has directed and choreographed over 20 original productions for CoisCéim, including the highly lauded FRANCIS FOOTWORK, THE WOLF AND PETER, BODY LANGUAGE, and the major international co-production THESE ROOMS (Irish Times Theatre Award, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), TATE Liverpool). His work for the company has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Peak Performances in the USA, Spring Loaded (The Place) and the Brighton Festival in the UK, Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania), Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Opera House (Australia). David has received numerous choreographic commissions for theatre and opera including Druid (Ireland), Spoleto Festival (USA), Guthrie Theatre (USA), RTÉ (Ireland), National Theatre (UK), Abbey Theatre (Ireland) and Opera Ireland. .