Bright straw dancers to take to city and county streets and parks

Dance artist Rob Heaslip brings the cultural tradition of ‘The Strawboys’ to life with a modern twist, as he unveils his dynamic pop-up work, across Galway this summer.

Strawboys, an energetic outdoor show, blurs the lines between traditional and contemporary dance and music and pays homage to the traditions and costumes of the Wren Boys who once paraded through the streets, towns and fields of Ireland.

From July 25th to July 30th Strawboys pop-up performances will take place across County Galway and from August 2nd to 13th Strawboys will be played throughout Galway City. The shows will take place in streets, parking lots, community centers, putting greens and parks.

Strawboys will be played at the following locations in County Galway.

July 25

Canon Quin Park, Gort (12h)

Ballindereen Community Centre, Ballindereen, Kilcolgan (2.30pm)

July 27

Fairgreen, Townparks, Ballinasloe (12pm)

Lawrencetown, Ballinasloe (2.30pm)

July 28

Connemara West Centre, Letterfrack (12pm)

Keoghs Ballyconneely, Ballyconneely (2.30pm)

July 29

Roundstown Town Hall, Roundstown (12pm)

July 30

Peacock Hotel, Maams Cross, Connemara (12pm)

Corribdale Park, Oughterard, County Galway (2.30pm)

Unsuspecting audiences will see a straw boy walk into a venue, before being joined by the rest of the cast to perform a highly percussive and visual work where the lively musical vibes of the Balkans match their brightly colored costumes.

Rob Heaslip works internationally as a dance artist, choreographer, dancer, movement director and dance teacher.

Strawboys is the second work in Rob Heaslip’s trilogy, exploring the rituals of death, life and birth among the Gaels, the people of the northwestern edge of Europe. Strawboys is produced by Kristyn Fontenella, a leading international choreographer based in Galway, former dancer of Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and principal dancer of Gaelforce Dance.

Strawboys features professional dancers Sophie Hutchinson, Favor Odusola, Aneta Dortová and Salma Ataya. Composers Zoe Katsilerou and Eilon Morris infuse a lively Balkan vibe to match Scottish costume designer Alison Brown’s brightly colored costumes and woven masks.

Supported by the Arts Council and in partnership with Town Hall Theater Galway, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Siamsa Tíre – The National Folk Theater of Ireland, Kerry County Council, Glór Ennis and Clare County Council.