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RUBATO BALLET
Rubato, founded in 1986 by choreographer Fiona Quilligan, is a collective of professional dance artists committed to excellence in the creation and performance of new Irish dance works. Under its artistic director, Fiona Quilligan, the company has achieved high critical acclaim in Ireland and abroad. In 1990, Rubato was proud to receive the Nijinsky medal from the Polish Artists Agency Warsaw, AIB Better Ireland Award for Arts and Culture in 1992 and an ESB National Environmental Awareness Award in 1999.

Rubato have commissioned renowned Irish artists in the creation of acclaimed new dance works as seen in Janet Mullarney’s fleeting dancing figures for Dance Strokes 1, Michael Mulcahy whose person and art enhanced a very special year for the company in Images of Nijinsky , the haunting voice of Paula Meehan in performance of The Wounded Child, Elizabeth Cope’s vitality of line and colour in rehearsals for Monkey Rib, James McKenna’s inspiration and innovation expressed in figurative sculpture for Bull Dance.

Rubato’s commitment to new music commissions include Fergus Johnston for Signals and The Wounded Child, Raymond Deane Bull Dance, Martin O’Leary A Close Shave and Live Sax, Frankie Lane Dark Pigeons and Cúchulainn a Chroí, Paul Kelly for Miss Monaghan.
Rubato
has pioneered links with these related art disciplines, building a special relationship between choreographers, composers, dancers, artists, musicians, poets, and sculptors.

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