Eight dancers from around the world and five of Ireland’s top musicians unite with Ó Maonlaí and Keegan-Dolan to create an expressive cultural hybrid. Rian taps into healthy life-enhancing traditions with influences from faraway places to evoke a timeless vision of the real indescribable nature of things
This production features live on-stage performances from musicians Liam Ó Maonlaí, Cormac Begley, Peter O’Toole, Eithne Ní Chatháin and Maitiú Ó Casaide and dancers Saju Hari, Anna Kaszuba, Saku Koistinen, Louise Mochia, Emmanuel Obeya, Keir Patrick, Ino Riga and Louise Tanoto.
Co-produced by Fabulous Beast and Sadler's Wells, Rian premiered at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2011. It also appeared at Sadler's Wells, London in 2011.
In 2012, it has been performed at Norfolk & Norwich Festival, UK; Hessisches Staatstheatre, Maifestspiele, Wiesbaden, Germany; Festival Internacional de las Artes de Castilla y Leon (FACYL), Salamanca, Spain; Norrlands Operan, Umea, Sweden. In Ireland, Rian was at Cork Opera House for Cork Midsummer Festival, and unplugged performances were given at The Éigse Festival, Carlow, and at Bornacoola, Longford.