Darrah Carr Dance entered the stage like sunlight pouring gently into a sleeping room: a wave of bodies stepping onto an empty stage softly but swiftly conquering the space with exuberance. Seán Curran and Darrah Carr's "Céilí," which premiered in the new state of the art Irish Arts Center in Hell's Kitchen, refers to the Irish word for a house party. The set (by Mark Randall) is an outline of a house, with golden-brown roof beams hanging from above, a window positioned stage right, and wooden benches lining both sides of the stage. A collaboration between the two Irish American choreographers and their companies, "Céilí" is a joyful celebration of community.
Seán Curran and Darrah Carr's "Céilí." Photograph by Nir Arieli