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Scottish Filmmaker Trains Camera on Irish Dance World Championships

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Award-winning Scots director Sue Bourne examines the highs and lows of the 2010 Irish Dancing World Championships in a new feature film, Jig, according to a story in The Scotsman.

The film is told from the perspectives of eight dancers competing in the event, which was held in Glasgow, Scotland, in April 2010. It examines what drives them to train intensely in a field where there’s no prize money and very little attention is paid outside the Irish dance community.

Irish dancers star in Jig by filmmaker Sue Bourne. (Photo courtesy The Scotsman)

For the actual performances, “my jaw dropped,” Bourne told The Scotsman. “But then you start watching them dancing, watching their feet, and you realize that they work 364 days a year for this performance. They’re athletes. It isn’t a beauty pageant. You look at them and you’re shocked and then you realize what is going on behind that façade, all the work that they put in. What they do is astonishingly impressive.”

To read the whole story, visit www.living.scotsman.com/performing-arts/Interview-Sue-Bourne–lady.6763209.jp?articlepage=1

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