The Tradition Continues: Mayfair Weekend 2014 By Jenny Foreman

Just a few days before Mayfair. I had a dream. I arrived at the FAB for the Mayfair dance performance to find the sound system moved to form a wall outside on the grass in front of New Dorm and all of the boxes of costumes neatly arranged on outdoor shelves. “What if it rains!” I exclaimed, “These boxes are not weather-proofed… And we need this sound system inside – the dance is inside this year!”

As you can see, there was a certain anxiety - panic even - that swirls through my psyche one week before this performance. How will we ever finish it? Who will be at the rehearsal today (we faced AP exams, crew regattas, college revisit days, all causing unavoidable conflicts for the 28 students who joined the cast this term)?  Do we have all of the music edited? Making a dance from a “concept” opens up tremendous creative possibility, but making something out of “nothing” – no script, no story, just a collection of images – and very limited precious time, can be daunting.

This year our theme was “urban.”

“What does that mean?” was the first question I entertained as I met with the group of students who would be volunteering their time to be a part of the dance.

“I don’t know. What does it mean to you?”

Through the group’s diverse interests and expertise, we focused the original concept to a collection of dances that ranged from jazz, Latin, hip hop and contemporary with a slam poem and some recycled drumming added into the mix. The dances were primarily student choreographed, with two sections of music played live by Dublin musicians.

Despite the tight deadlines running up to the performance, the magic was always with this talented group. The performance was as beautiful as the weather outside. We are thrilled so many of you were able to celebrate our graduating class as they dance around the Maypole, signifying their “springing” into their lives beyond Dublin.