Session is a new collaboration between choreographers Colin Dunne and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Drawing upon the rhythmical and sonic aspects of Dunne’s traditional Irish dance, these two incredibly diverse performers discover their relational possibilities through an exploration of sound.
In Session, the lines between movement and music, seeing and listening become a source of play, creating new modes of sound-making from the graceful to the absurd. Dunne and Cherkaoui are joined onstage by composer Michael Gallen and musician Soumik Datta. Gallen’s score draws upon a diversity of sonic and musical sources, threading the melodic eccentricities of percussive dance, timbral noise and sean-nós ornamentation into a larger soundworld that includes overlapping pianos and strings, electroacoustic textures and polyphonic choral performance.

World premiere on February 1st 2019 at the TNB in ​​Rennes ( France)


Colin Dunne
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Michael Gallen
Soumik Datta

Choreography & directed by : Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Colin Dunne
Music : Michael Gallen
Set design: Filip Peeters
Lighting design : Mark Van Denesse
Sound design: Michael Gallen, Jef Verbeeck
Additional music composition : Soumik Datta, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Colin Dunne
Dramaturg: Arthur Nauzyciel
Assistant choreographer: Laura Murphy, Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern

Produced by
Eastman, Once Off Productions & Théâtre National de Bretagne

Co-commissioned by
Dublin Dance Festival, the Abbey Theatre, Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Julidans, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, MC93 – scène nationale de Seine-Saint-Denis – Bobigny, Torinodanza, deSingel – Antwerp, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Sadler’s Wells – London, Schauspiel Köln (ongoing)

With the support of the BNP Paribas Foundation, the Flemish Government, the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter programme and the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.



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