UP-CLOSE | Dance in Schools

25 minutes
A Tipperary Dance commission, premiering at Tipperary Dance Festival

A performance about friendship, trust and building resilience together.

How are you?
Do you want to play with me?

An energetic dance piece where two strangers meet, connect and celebrate their new friendship. Together they look to the future with hope, optimism and an appetite for life.
Up-close is about trusting each other, building resilience together, and letting go of the past.


Warnings: None
Age: 7+


This event is part of the Tipperary Dance Connecting Communities programme. It will be attended by schools and is not open for bookings. 


Jack Bain is a street dance and circus performer well versed in street dance choreography and improvisation. His practice includes Hip Hop, Popping, House dance, Krump and Juggling. In 2015 and '18 he worked with MIF (Manchester International Festival) on the FLEX'N show and BREATHE. In 2019 Jack worked with Nathan Marsh to create the duet 'Masculine' using hip hop, Krump and House. They performed this at a scratch night at The Birmingham Hippodrome’s Patrick Studio. Jack currently works with Human Collective (IRE) and the European Company, produced by Crying Out Loud, KundleCru. He is also learning the circus skills of Chinese pole and juggling.
Matt Szczerek started his training with break dance and ballroom in 2004 in Poland. After moving to Ireland in 2008 he developed his skills in Contemporary and Hip Hop. Recently his own choreographic work EMERSION (2016) was performed as part of OIL & WATER collaboration with Cathy Coughlan followed by the opening performance for IN CONTEXT 4 Festival, both supported by the Arts Council and South Dublin County Council. Matt has programmed and delivered several international urban events and was invited to teach at numerous intensive dance programs like Collabo in Venezuela and Danca no Curacao in Portugal. He continues to expand an awareness of urban dance forms through weekly classes and events around Dublin City, bringing together dance communities, musicians and videographers (Cypher Kingz, Work In Progress, Freestyle Fighters and most recently Space Jam). Matt has been invited by Kildare Arts Office to lead an advanced module in collaborative dance practice within urban context at this year’s Laban Summer School (2016).

Choreography by Monica Muñoz in collaboration with the dancers
Dancers: Jack Bain and Matt Szczerek
Composition: Julian Jahanpour
Dramaturgical Support: Claire Mullane

UP-CLOSE is a Tipperary Dance Commission funded by the Arts Council of Ireland under the Arts Grant scheme. Additional funding from Baboró Pathways to Production. Supported by Tigh Roy Ionad Cultúrtha

Arts Council of Ireland Logo - Funding Dance Black and White

Tipperary Dance Logo - cropped

Logo Baboro Festival

Tigh Roy - Logo - Black and White

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