One of the world’s leading Irish dancers has produced a video to strip Irish dance right down to its core and display the beauty of its simplicity.
To celebrate Irish dance in its rawest form, Kev Prendergast danced on his own with just a single panel of wood as his stage.
Kev has recently graduated from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
The performance was carried out during the week of the Fleadh Ceoil. It was filmed at Bunratty and was one of many events that week to celebrate Irish culture within the folk park as part of ‘Fun with the Fleadh’.
Kev told us: “This performance piece aimed to show a very traditional and raw style of Irish same performance. I am very interested in dance fusion and modern influences on Irish dance and while I continue to develop new material and take differing approaches to Irish dance, this piece is centred upon raw rhythm and was very much an improvisational dance where I aimed to work off the musicians style of playing and the phrasing of the reel tune which they chose to play, in order to marry the two elements.”
The video has proven to be hugely popular with Irish dance fans online, with thousands of views and shares already. Take a look for yourself below.
As well as completed his studies, Kev has worked as a resident performer at Knappogue Castle in Quin, Co. Clare, where medieval banquets are held with visitors enjoying a night of entertainment of Irish song, music, dance and drama.
Kev also does various types of work in and around Bunratty Castle and Folk Park such as Bodhran workshops.