Presented by Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre


27 - 28 May 2023

By Emanuel Gat Dance Company

Booking Information

Dates: 27 – 28 May
On the Abbey stage  

Times: 7.30pm

Tickets: €13 – €40 (concession rates available)

Running time: 75 mins (No interval)

A feast for the senses, this exhilarating contemporary 'musical' celebrates connection, life and love

Emanuel Gat Dance Company returns to DDF with an exuberant contemporary “musical” for 13 dancers. Set to the musical hits of British duo Tears for Fears, LOVETRAIN2020 is a choreographic ode to the vibe and sound of the 80s, with its utopic drive and epic groove.

In LOVETRAIN2020, Gat, one of the most renowned choreographers of his generation, explores the intersection of movement and sound to create a charged space of overlap and counterpoints. In this story of endless possibilities, people come together, drift apart, push, pull, hold back, and resolve to march on.

Sumptuous baroque-style costumes and dramatic chiaroscuro lighting add layers of texture and colour to this rigorously staged piece. The result is a feast for the senses and an exhilarating celebration of connection, life and love.


Emanuel Gat Dance acknowledges the support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and DRAC Provence Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Région Sud – Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Conseil Départemental des Bouches-du- Rhône. LOVETRAIN2020 receives the support of Institut Français for its international tours. Created at Agora – cité internationale de la danse in Montpellier. 

Coproduction: Festival Montpellier Danse 2020, Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse, Arsenal Cité Musicale – Metz, Theater Freiburg, with the support of Romaeuropa Festival.


“LOVETRAIN2020 is marvellous … It’s loud, joyous, physical, close … A celebration of the body, of performance, of life.”
The New York Times

“With its baroque costumes, its 80s soundtrack and a company happy to be back on stage, LOVETRAIN2020 celebrates the pleasure of being connected through dance.”
ARTE Journal

“Refined, complex but also generous and popular, this remarkable achievement offers a lyrical and baroque reflection on the dialectic of the group and the individual.”
Danser Canal Historique

“Tears for Fears come one after another, but the music doesn’t overwhelm the choreography. It pauses at times to let the dancers invest the stage in magnificent chiaroscuro lights. Emanuel Gat’s show is a deep breath of fresh air.”
France Inter

“A fabulous choreographic firework carried by a troupe of bright and extraordinary dancers … LOVETRAIN2020 is Gat at his best, a really grandiose and hypnotic show, a piece at the crossroads of the arts to be indulged without moderation”
L’oeil d’Olivier

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