A scene from the show Launch Day which is inspired by Alexander Millar's paintings of industrial scenes in the shipyards of Northern England.
When Kristin Kelly Abbott left Drogheda 19 years ago to follow her dream of becoming a professional dancer she probably never dreamed that one day she’d be returning to the town of her birth with her own dance troupe.
Kristin has been dancing all her life. She did her early training at the Brenda Murphy School of Ballet and the Louise Behan School of Dance before heading to London in 1999 where she began her dance training at the at the Stella Mann College.
For the past 19 years Kristin has been working with some of the world’s most renowned choreographers including Arlene Phillips, Karen Bruce, Simeon Qsyea, Jonzi D, Travis Wall and Craig Revel-Horwood and Kristin.
She now lives in Newcastle Upon Tyne with her ‘Geordie’ husband Wayne and their three year old son, Jamie. She is Creative Director of the Kelly-Abbott Dance Theatre (KADT, which she established in 2013.
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Launch Day, the award winning show she is doing in Drogheda, takes place in the Droichead Arts Centre on Friday 23rd February and she is looking for ten members of the public to take part alongside the professionals.
“The chosen participants will learn some simple movement and take part in four scenes: the opening, a football scene, a pub scene and the finale. NO DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!” she says.
They will be required to attend one workshop/rehearsal session on 3rd February at Ballymakenny College, Ballymakenny Road leading up to the performance on Friday 23rd February. Participants will also be required to attend a technical/dress rehearsal on the day of the show at Droichead Arts Centre, so would need to be present at the theatre from 5pm.
Launch Day is a collaboration with visual artist Alexander Millar www.alexandermillar.com which explores the industrial history of the UK shipyard communities. It brings to life Millar’s paintings of working men and the iconic characters known as “Gadgies” in a quirky dance theatre style making it a visual, physical and entertaining production.
The production features music by Mark Knopfler and Lindisfarne and also original music by Drogheda-born composer Breifne Holohan. Drogheda-born musicians also feature on the sound track including Grace Dillon (percussionist).
“I am really excited to be presenting my work in Drogheda and I am even more excited at the prospect of working with local people who would like the opportunity to perform with us” Kristin told Drogheda Life. “We are particularly interested in older people, say over 50yrs, although we have opened it up to anyone over 30yrs.”
If you are interested in being part of the show please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (0044) 7865043419.