up & over it:
Our ever-evolving sketch comedy, dance show is filled with our favourite Up & Over It dance routines, weirdest videos and most twisted cabaret acts of the past ten years. Jam-packed with electro-pop bangers, this conveyer belt of best bits takes a satirical look at our years spent in Riverdance, our 15 minutes of internet fame and our friendship of over 20 years. This is folk dance for the post-pop generation.
The show premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2009 and has toured Europe in different guises, including a special St Patrick's Day performance at the 1300 seater Hackney Empire, London, with a full cast of friends and freaks. Fun and in-yer-face, this is the show we'll be performing when we're 90.
For adults and young people aged 10+. Produced by Puck Productions.
Choreographed / performed by Suzanne Cleary & Peter Harding
Written by Peter Harding, Jonny Reed & Suzanne Cleary
Produced by Jonny Reed
Video design by Jonny Reed
Duration: 55 minutes
Who knew Irish step could
be so cool?
New York Times
Virtuoso Irish dancing… a stylish
twist on traditional folk
Cleary & Harding’s blend of video, dance
and humour has much to offer…Superb
"Contemporary dance, hand tap, engaging video art and an easy humor.
It doesn’t hurt that the three are all young, clever and attractive.
Who knew Irish step could be so cool?"
“The exhilaratingly original Up & Over It – two ex-River Dancers
liberate the dance form from the kitschness
of perms/Michael Flatley”
“A cheerful jumble of hand dancing, video sketches and some genuinely
virtuoso Irish dancing…A stylish twist on traditional folk”
“Original, witty and extremely clever - a must see this season!…
Dynamic duo Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding dazzle in this
spellbinding performance of virtuosic technique,
athletic stamina and strong characterisation”
“A fantastic subversive reinvention of Irish step dancing…They tumble,
they leap, they high kick just inches from your face, their feet and
hands move faster than your eyes can follow…
“Very cleverly conceived, and executed…
High energy and high entertainment value”
“Irish dance finds a new direction…Cleary and Harding
are phenomenal dancers and masters of rhythm”
“Cleary and Harding’s blend of video, dance and
humour has much to offer…Superb”
“Relentlessly inventive, the show is an upbeat, dance-tastic hour of
delightful spectacle. Their energy is contagious”
"A sledgehammer to Irish dancing stereotypes… rhythmic precision worthy of a
metronome coupled with superlative Irish dancing skills”
“A great success on every level”
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE
LE THEATRE JEAN VILAR
CIVIC THEATRE TALLAGHT