On the 10th May 77-year-old Madge Bolger will perform on stage at the Roscommon Arts Centre with her son David Bolger in CoisCéim’s award winning production of Swimming With My Mother. Most 77-year-olds would consider this quite an accomplishment but it would seem that the company has bigger plans for their ‘star’. It has just been announced that Madge will accompany David to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe to dance for three weeks in the most famous cultural festival in the world.
Madge seems to take this all in her stride. So far the production of Swimming With My Mother has brought her to the Limerick Unfringed Festival, as well as sold out performances in Paris and the prestigious Nottdance Festival. Very simply Swimming With My Mother is a very personal dance piece devised by David Bolger to celebrate his shared love of dance and swimming with his mother. He recalls how when, first thought about developing the piece, he took Madge down to Sandymount Strand where Madge had been taught to swim by her father and she in turn had taught David.
“I took the opportunity to go back to a special place for me, which as a child was my expansive front garden. In Swimming with my Mother I thought it important to go right back to the heart of my earliest water memories. I wanted to be able to create a duet between my mother Madge and myself, which would be informed by shared stories of earlier memories. I wanted to explore the idea of memory and what informs the dances we dance”.
Swimming With My Mother will be performed at the Roscommon Arts Centre on 10th May 2011 at 8 pm and will be followed by a screening of their award winning short film Deep End Dance and is highly recommended for both the dance lover and novice alike. David will also take a dance class for older people earlier in the day. To find out more go to www.roscommonartscentre.ie or call the box office on 090-6625824.