Nic Gareiss: The Art of Treepling

  • 17th Aug
  • 16:00
  • €16
  • Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street
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Named by Dance Magazine as one of 2019's ‘25 to Watch’, dancer and dance researcher Nic Gareiss has been hailed by the New York Times for his "dexterous melding of Irish and Appalachian dance" and called "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. He reimagines movement as a musical practice, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Originally from Michigan, Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration.

In the final chapter of dance collectors Joan and Tom Flett’s 1964 book Traditional Dancing in Scotland, the authors make reference to ‘the art of treepling’. At the time of the text’s publication, treepling - ‘beating out the rhythm of the music with the feet’ was one of the lesser-known features of Scottish dancing and had almost entirely disappeared*.

This new 60-minute solo step dance show created and performed by Nic Gareiss engages the Flett’s original research, re-imagining treepling as a locus of creative interpretation of traditional music & dance in Scotland and other geographies in which treepling is found, including Ireland, Canada, and the Appalachian region of the United States.

Nic Gareiss has performed in fifteen countries for over ten years with many of the luminaries of traditional music and dance including The Chieftains, The Gloaming, Bruce Molsky, Sandy Silva, Ira Bernstein, Colin Dunne, Alasdair Fraser, Phil Wiggins, Liz Carroll, and Darol Anger. He has performed at London's Barbican Centre, the Irish National Concert Hall, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Kennedy Center. Nic holds degrees in Anthropology and Music from Central Michigan University and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick.

*(Flett & Flett, 1964, p. 260)