Our co-production with Fidget Feet was the first dance show ever to appear at Celtic Connections Festival. A highlight of both the Tread Softly…Festival and All Ireland Fleadh in August 2015, we undertook a 17 date tour of Germany in October 2015 also.
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.
“What a triumph… the music was super, world-class, the dancing amazing, the concept, the visuals, great…” – Steve Wickham, The Waterboys
“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, Producer, Abhann Productions- Julian Erskine (Riverdance)
“Rarely do so many arts come together to make something this exciting and beautiful. The audience sat open-mouthed in wonder…” – Professor Meg Harper, The W. B. Yeats Society /University of Limerick
A joint production by Ireland’s Fidget Feet Aerial Dance and Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Second Coming is a strange but beguiling mix of dialogue, movement and song. Dancers spin round in silken cocoons, climb horizontally up the wall or ascend giant metal spirals, producing one visually arresting image after another. Four musicians deliver an exquisite original score of traditional Irish music**** The Scotsman
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
Some audience feedback -
'Absolutely stunning show - beautiful mixture of styles of movement, great music - well worth seeing' - Gill Bell
'An absolutely brilliant show. world class.' - Carmel Jennings
'Amazing stuff. Love love love it!' - Chris Bradley
'The Second Coming this eve was brilliant! Full of energy and I hope I can get back to see it tomorrow' - Brid Torrades
'I'm envious of the folks going to see The Second Coming tonight at the @HawksWellSligo it's a bit of magic in Sligo' - Val Robus
''What an amazing show The Second Coming is by @fidgetfeetdance Go see it tomorrow at @HawksWellSligo' - Niamh Nic Ghabhann
'Amazing and breathtaking @fidgetfeetdance at the @HawksWellSligo another show tonight.' - Annie West