Presented by Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre

Night Dances

24 - 25 May 2024

Created by Emma Martin

Booking Information

Dates: 24 – 25 May
On the Abbey stage  

Times: 7.30pm

Tickets: €15 – €42 (concession rates available)

Running time: 60 mins (No interval)

Please note: This performance contains loud music and strobe-like effects.

A ferociously exhilarating performance of pure dance and live music

Acclaimed choreographer Emma Martin presents her work on the Abbey stage for the first time with Night Dances, an ode to the body and a visceral, sweaty love letter to dance in all its forms.

Presented in a series of four vignettes, the work is a celebration of dance culture – from clubs to competitions to ceremonies. Performed to pounding beats by Daniel Fox and with atmospheric lighting by Stephen Dodd, it opens with a solo and accelerates as a young dance troupe launches into a ferocious routine of kicks, flips and cartwheels. A brief respite is offered up in a second solo that magnifies every movement, before surging to a close with unbridled fervor.

Through raucous choreography and rumbling bass that reverbs in your belly, Night Dances revels in fury, rebellion, hope and freedom. It unleashes the exhilaration of getting lost in your own rhythm where nothing else matters, just the sweat and the groove.

Co-produced by Dublin Theatre Festival



'A shared sense of joy and release after a thrilling hour of relentless dancing and music'
The Irish Times

'Emma Martin's Night Dances is about the ecstasy of moving on a dancefloor that time forgot'
The Guardian

Performance Trailer 


  • Creator: Emma Martin (in collaboration with the dancers)
  • Music: Daniel Fox (Gilla Band)
  • Performer: Robyn Byrne
  • Performer: Aoife McAtamney
  • Performer: Ryan O’Neill
  • Performer: Jessie Thompson
  • Performer: Dance Republic
  • Designer: Katie Davenport
  • Lighting Designer: Stephen Dodd
  • Band: Daniel Fox
  • Band: Jamie Hyland
  • Band: Brian Dillon

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