The Piece with the Drums

immediate, endearing and subtle…excellently cast…a rich and constantly morphing interaction between movement and sound

We vibe, we vibrate, hearts pumping, rhythm jumping,
Drumming up the earth’s vibrations, 
Infusing our heartbeat, our breath…

Pulsating with theatrical magic, CoisCéim Dance Theatre returned to Project Arts Centre in 2023 with THE PIECE WITH THE DRUMS – a driving dance narrative between dancer and percussion. Directed and choreographed by David Bolger, with music, beats and everything in between by pioneering Jazz percussionist Conor Guilfoyle, this major new work is a colourful exploration of relationships, spirituality, and our connection to rhythm, life and the cosmos.

With humour and swift sharp dancing from a cast of exceptional artists Justine Cooper, Ghaliah Conroy, Ivonne Kalter, Jonathan Mitchell and Alex O’Neill, it features set & costume design by Katie Davenport and is bathed in brilliant light by Eamon Fox. 

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All-Island Tour 2024

Pavilion Theatre

Dún Laoghaire (map)

20 November 2024


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All-Island Tour 2024

The Civic Theatre

Tallaght (map)

15 - 16 November 2024


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All-Island Tour 2024


Blanchardstown (map)

26 October 2024


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Dance Cork Firkin Crane

Cork (map)

24 October 2024

11am - 12:30pm

with David Bolger

Don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of Ireland’s most renowned dance makers. This special choreographic workshop with David Bolger will delve into the “flair and humour” of his artistic practice. Open to all professional performance artists.

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All-Island Tour 2024


Cork (map)

23 October 2024


Presented in collaboration with Firkin Crane

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flair and humour [in] this impressive production that will knock you out of the January blues.

Performed at

World Premiere

Project Arts Centre


24 - 28 January 2023


TOURING CAST Justine Cooper, Conor Guilfoyle, Ivonne Kalter, Jonathan Mitchell, Alex O’Neill, donking rongavilla

Director David Bolger
David Bolger in collaboration with the dancers
Conor Guilfoyle 
Set and Costume 
Katie Davenport
Lighting Eamon Fox
Hair & Makeup Val Sherlock

Production Manager Seán Dennehy
Stage Manager Stephanie Ryan
Assistant Stage Manager Laura Murphy

With special thanks to Diarmuid Armstrong


ORIGINAL Cast Justine Cooper, Ghaliah Conroy, Conor Guilfoyle, Ivonne Kalter, Jonathan Mitchell, Alex O’Neill


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