Glenfarne - Leitrim

Rainbow Ballroom of Romance

Silent Waltz: Work in Progress


This project explores the experience of dancing and how it is remembered; the dances, the steps, the rhythm, the movement, the music and the community. Social dancing has a very important role in Glenfarne and its history over the last 80 years and the Rainbow Ballroom has been the soundtrack to dreams, to friendships, to romances, and to a community of people supporting one and other for generations.

RĂłisĂ­n Loughrey, Michael McLoughlin and collaborators from the local dancing community in Glenfarne are developing audio and filmed work for presentation in the Rainbow Ballroom.

RĂłisĂ­n and Michael will give a short talk about the artwork they make and have made in the past, but most importantly, they will give us a sneak preview into how the Silent Waltz project is developing. This is a chance to see what it is all about and to get involved. While all are welcome, there are only limited places available.

The Silent Waltz is a work in progress that focuses on dance steps, how they are passed from generation to generation. It also draws on a particular piece of music that features in William Trevor’s short story Ballroom of Romance and danced to in his fictional ballroom based on the Rainbow; The Destiny Waltz by Sydney Baynes. The Destiny Waltz has been danced to by people for over 100 years now by generations of waltzers all over the world and is fitting starting point for this project that explores memories of dances past and anticipation of the dances to come in the Ballroom of Romance.

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Genres: Dance / Film / Other

Features: Wheelchair accessible

Address: Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim


Phone: 071 98 56831

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