Friday, August 13, 2010

Maire Clerkin presents The Bad Arm - Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer

Venue: Chicago Arts District Gallery - Adelaide Stage

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Wednesday September 1, 2010 8:30 p.m.
Thursday September 2, 2010 5:30 p.m.
Friday September 3, 2010 7:00 p.m.
Saturday September 4, 2010 1:00 p.m.
Sunday September 5, 2010 10:00 p.m.

If you thought all Irish dancers were curly haired cutie pies, meet a scowling misfit in this outrageous antidote to Riverdance. Pungent vintage photos of not-so-swinging London illustrate Maire Clerkin’s woeful but hilarious personal history as the disappointing daughter of a successful Irish Dancing teacher in 1970s London.

Maire Clerkin is a writer, actor, dancer from London, of Irish parents. She co-founded The Hairy Marys and Clerkinworks Irish Dance Theatre Company in the UK, touring extensively. Teaching credits include Loyola Marymount University, University of Limerick, LA Music Center and Orange County Performing Arts. Choreographic credits include BBC TV Music Makers, Dancing on Dangerous Ground at Radio City Music Hall, Unconnected Soundings at Royal Opera House and A Gaelic Gathering at Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles. She adjudicates Irish Dance competitions worldwide and choreographs award-winning dance theatre for academies in North America. Maire emigrated to California in 2003.

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1 comment:

  1. Wonderful evening! Clerkin's malleable expressions provide the foundation for a great ability to take the audience to different times in her life, from child to young adult. She visits these different stages with wry wit and insight. As is often the case, because she's such a good dancer, she can do it wrong/funny to great effect -- the disco/Irish fusion is classic. Love the recap at the end, as well! Thanks for this treat, Chicago Fringe!