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Hawk's Well Theatre & Fidget Feet Aerial Dance

The Second Coming


We are delighted to show the recording of this Hawk's Well and Fidget Feet co-production The Second Coming on our facebook page this Friday evening.

In May 2014 the premiere of The Second Coming took place at the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo where over two nights, audiences were spellbound by this spectacular show which beautifully fuses traditional Irish music, song and dance with aerial circus, theatre, narrative and film. This co-production from Fidget Feet Aerial Dance and Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo then moved to Limerick as part of the Limerick City of Culture programme before going to Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival in January 2015 where it ran from Friday 16th to Monday 19th at the Tramway Theatre. The show toured Germany for three weeks in October and November 2015 where it received fantastic reviews.

The Second Coming centres on the concept of Yeats returning to contemporary Ireland with a message of renewal for today. The show features a seven-strong troupe of gravity-defying dancers, an actor and four musicians and also integrates archive audio and film footage of Yeats himself. Traditional Irish dance provides the foundation for the pulse, rhythms and movement of the piece. What makes The Second Coming so unique is its fusion of traditional Irish dance with contemporary forms and aerial work.

The beautiful musical score used in the piece was composed by the renowned harpist Michael Rooney who lives in Sligo. Integral to the soundscape and visuals of the show also is the integration of audio recordings and film footage of WB Yeats that weaves in between the live music throughout the performance.

Sligo man, Mikel Murfi, is the director of the production. Mikel’s one-man show ‘The Man in the Woman’s Shoes’ originally commissioned by the Hawk’s Well Theatre and Sligo Arts Service won the 2014 ZeBBie Award for Best Theatre Script and the Stewart Parker BBC Radio Drama Award 2013 and was nominated for Best New Play Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013. 

“I feel privileged to have been present at the birth of Riverdance 17 years ago where Irish dancing and music was taken out of the cupboard, and was dusted off, given an adrenalin injection and set free. Last night I felt as if the same was happening again, but this time not only was our culture being set free, but it was being given wings to fly, and I felt privileged to be there.” Julian Erskine (Riverdance)
“What a triumph… the music was super, world-class, the dancing amazing, the concept, the visuals, great…” Steve Wickham, The Waterboys
William Butler Yeats is dead, music is deaf, poetry dumb and Irish dance undiscovered. Then like a cosmic egg, it is all reborn in spectacular monochrome and ochre tints. Never slow, the pace quickens as life returns to the celtic music and the dancers take off from the floor to aerial fancy and fantasy. Definitely a must-see. ***** Mumble Dance, Scotland