Tipperary Dance Platform 2012 runs from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October at the Excel Centre. Many different events cater for all ages and abilities. A weekend ticket – access to all events – costs just €15, while for those under 18, all events are free entry. The Platform is organised by Jazmin Chiodi and Alexandre Iseli who have had an association with the Excel for several years now, running regular classes and events. “Our goal is to bring to Tipperary an international host of performances while also working to integrate the family into the Platform,” says Jazmin. “In respect of the latter aim, for example, the Platform on Sunday sees three different dance classes catering for children ages 3 to 5, 6 to 10, and 10 to 14. On the flipside of that, public performances of modern dance with visiting companies from Dublin and France also feature on the programme. So whatever your age, and however deep (or not) your exposure to dance is, there is something for you.”
By getting involved, you will be supporting Tipperary Town’s local dedicated arts and culture venue the Excel Centre. In these difficult times, the public is urged to reach out a helping hand to the institutions in our town that we prize if we want them to keep going.
“With this dance platform, the local community can come and see a real professional event with high quality performances and amazing dancers, all for a reasonable price. For newcomers, it becomes an entry point into the world of dance,” says Jazmin. “There is always a buzz around a festival. People become curious – they feel they want to check out what exactly is going on. In times of crisis like today, we have to join forces in the community and support others. Also, the Platform can connect you with the feeling that ‘Life goes on’. However bad the world is, we need to keep consoling ourselves with the arts. When it comes to dance, the form has this power of asking questions and revealing emotions. The events we promote at the Excel are sensitive and mind-opening pieces to make dance accessible for all.”