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Dublin Dance Festival: Cometa 16 - 19 May 2024

The Ark and Dublin Dance Festival present a joyful and captivating cosmic adventure for children by Roser López Espinosa.

In this enchanting and interactive dance show, an unexpected visitor travels across the galaxy like a comet and touches down on stage. Helmet in hand and brimming with curiosity, this whimsical space traveller invites us to embark on a galactic adventure and see the world around us with fresh eyes.

With boundless playfulness and a sense of wonder, we will set out on an interstellar voyage that explores the mysteries of the universe. Unleashing our imaginations along the way, we will marvel at the force of gravity, and discover the possibilities of movement, the power of empathy and the incredible speed of light.

But most of all we will celebrate meeting each other. So, come one, come all, and let us revel in the magic of Cometa, where the stars align to create an unforgettable experience of joy, connection, and shared adventure.

Cometa Teaser Video

Relaxed Performances

There will be relaxed performances of Cometa on Friday 17 May at 12.15pm and Saturday 18 May @ 11am. Relaxed performances are aimed at families or school groups with children who are on the autism spectrum or those who have sensory sensitivities and will be tailored for the comfort of your child. The sound will be at a lower volume and the lights will be dimmed rather than completely dark. We will warn you of any loud noises and we will have a special chill-out area where your child can relax.

A relaxed performance information pack, with photographs and a synopsis of the show which may assist your child to prepare for the performance, can be viewed by clicking the link below. For further information please contact The Ark on (01) 670 7788 or boxoffice@ark.ie.

Audio Description & Touch Tour

The performance on Sunday 19 May at 2pm will be audio-described by Bríd Ní Ghruagáin, with a touch-tour available before the show at 1.15pm. To register for audio description or the touch tour, please email boxoffice@ark.ie after you have booked your tickets for the show.

Audio description refers to additional narration for blind or visually impaired patrons of visual media (television, film, theatre, dance, opera, museums and art galleries). It is a form of audio-visual translation, using the natural pauses in dialogue or between critical sound elements to insert a narrative that transposes the visual image into a sense form that is accessible to millions of individuals who otherwise lack full access to these media.

Touch Tours are for children with visual impairment or those with additional sensory needs or access requirements who would benefit from a more supported, relaxed experience. Touch Tours give children the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the theatre and the show’s set before the performance begins. Touch Tours take place 45 minutes before the show, and run for 25-30 minutes.

Production Credits

Funded by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with the support of the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Ministry for Education, Science and Culture Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Vorpommern-Fonds and the Hanseatic City of Stralsund.

With the collaboration of Mercat de les Flors, La Caldera and laSala.

Supported by ICEC – Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya, INAEM – Ministerio de Cultura, the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).