The night of the big wind & shift(h)er June 28th & 29th. 

Directed by Ailish Claffey
Performed by Irish Dance Artists: Alicia Christofi-Walshe, Catherine Young and Deirdre Griffin.

This production is kindly supported by Culture Ireland, Dance Ireland, Wicklow County Council., The Courthouse Arts Centre, ArtLinks, Tipperary Dance Platform, Tipperary Dance Residency’s TRY! programme and The Derida Dance Center.

Local Sponsors – The Candy Factory,Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Tellus360 and Fine Living Lancaster / BUZZ, Kinectiv, Rabbit HIll Acoustic, aideM Media Solutions Inc, Sugar Whipped, Jennifer Dunn, Mary Kirby, In kind donation: Angela Kirby


Small Reception at 6:30PM, Light refreshments will be served before the performance.
Show at 7:00PM
Q&A after the show

Tickets: Only 50 tickets are being sold for each show so seating is limited. $15.00 per ticket.



Watch Ailish Claffey talk about this project.


The Night of the Big Wind is a new contemporary dance theatre work by Irish based dance artists Ailish Claffey and Alicia Christofi-Walshe.

This work is born out of the success of the duo’s work Cnoic Chlaonta performed in Boston and New York in 2012 with the kind funding of Culture Ireland. Claffey & Christofi-Walshe are delighted to be invited by The Candy Factory to premiere this new work in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The Night of the Big Wind looks at Irish Proverbs passed down from generation to generation. On the night of January 6th 1839 a hurricane hit the country and thatched roofs were shredded and destroyed by the wind. This became known as The Night of The Big Wind and is still vivid in folk memory.

With a keen interest in story Claffey and Christofi-Walshe weave together this provocative and striking work encapsulating the essence of Irish culture with a unique physicality.

“The choreography throughout is stunning”

Shift(h)er is a bittersweet love story. In the Irish dialect the word shift has two meanings. A more formal meaning is to change or replace, and another meaning in Irish slang, to kiss.

This emotionally engaging piece is a physical dialogue of the emotional torrents of heartbreak shared through the mediums of performance art and dance. This heartbreak junkie brings the mental landscape of loss to the stage with a refreshing sincerity.

Choreography, performance and sound design by Alicia with collaborators Ailish Claffey (choreology), Petra Hjortsberg (theatre design) and Jody O’Neill (dramaturgy). Shift(h)er has been performed at Derida Dance Center (Bulgaria), DanceHouse (Ire), Movement Research, Spoke the Hub (NYC), Somerville Dance Fest (Boston) and Cultivate (NH).

“Literally the mind’s stream of consciousness made physical”
Temple Kemezis’s, Independent Dance Critic NYC (12th Arpil 2013)


Thank you to our wonderful sponsors! Without their support this event would not be possible. Support of the arts is so important to our community and we appreciate them getting behind this unique event.

It’s not everyday you get to host talent from Ireland and we look forward to sharing their dance process over the next two weeks ending with two performances. Be sure to get your tickets, only 50 tickets are being sold for each event.