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Riverdance star returns home to Birmingham with first solo show

Subscribe to RSS RSSWednesday, 12th May, 2010

Birmingham-born Irish dance star Colin Dunne will be performing in his home city for the first time in fifteen years with his first full-length solo show, Out of Time, as part of the second International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB).

Colin Dunne made his name by jumping into Michael Flatley's shoes following the latter's sudden departure from the hugely popular Riverdance show in 1995, but is now offering a more contemporary take on the Irish step dance tradition that catapulted him to world-wide fame.

His new show Out of Time is his first full-length solo show and, following its debut in Dublin in 2008, has toured internationally, receiving rave reviews. In this intimate piece, Dunne delights audiences by playfully integrating his own personal experience of Irish dance tradition with archive footage of performances from the 1930s onwards, including a film of himself dancing as a ten year old boy.

Colin said, "Touring with Riverdance was incredibly exciting, but after three years there was a part of me that had a sense of wanting to do something a little bit more personal on a smaller scale - to re-examine my own relationship with the form and push myself as a performer."

Out of Time is touring throughout 2010 and IDFB organisers are delighted that Birmingham is the only UK city to host the show during this tour.

David Massingham, Artistic Director of DanceXchange and Co-Artistic Director of the Festival commented, "We're thrilled that Colin will be returning to his home city to present his new piece, but this is also about Birmingham recognising and applauding its successes. We're proud to welcome Colin back to the city in what will be a tremendous home-coming performance."

Out of Time is showing at The Patrick Centre on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 May at 8pm

Colin Dunne's performance at IDFB 2010 is supported by Culture Ireland. For more information on IDFB 2010 and the line-up, visit