In Brotherly, the Irish Step dance is executed by three different dancing bodies, emphasizing the apparent dichotomy between freedom and restriction.
The starting point for this work was to look further into traditional Irish Step dancing as a globalized performance phenomena. Irish dance is often equated with Riverdance – dancers in a row, arms tight and motionless on the upper body and spirited footwork. This traditional dance form evolved during 1900th century under the rule of England, as a revival of Irish culture before it developed further into the competitive scene.
Using elements of Irish Step Dance, the choreographer Tony Tran reflects on sites of cultural practices that can act as a lens through which our understanding of wider socio-political and historical traditions. This concern the genre, the global influences, the notion of identity, communities and individuality – fitting and standing out, partaking in an institutionalized competitive event and creating some thing new and «orginal».