Cork City Ballet

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Cork City Ballet
IndustryPerforming arts
FounderAlan Foley
HeadquartersFirkin Crane, Cork, Ireland
Key people
Alan Foley (Artistic Director), Patricia Crosbie (Ballet Mistress), Colette McNamee (PR)
The Shandon area of Cork City; the Firkin Crane is a permanent base for Cork City Ballet, Crux Dance Theatre and other dance activities

Cork City Ballet is an Irish ballet company founded by Alan Foley, a disciple of Joan Denise Moriarty, in 1992.[1] It is one of two professional ballet companies in Ireland. Cork City Ballet annually performs at Cork Opera House, most recently with a production of Giselle.[2] It has toured venues such as Wexford Opera House,[3] The Helix [4] Tralee's Siamsa Tire and University Concert Hall, Limerick. Cork City Ballet is known for working with an array of guest artists from companies such as Royal Swedish Ballet[5] and Kirov Ballet.[3] In 2012, Cork City Ballet commemorated the centenary of the birth of Joan Denise Moriarty, the founder of Irish Theatre Ballet, Ireland's first professional ballet company.[6]

Notable productions[edit]

2006 La Bayadere (Irish Tour)

2010 Swan Lake (For centenary of Aloys Fleischmann)

2011 Giselle (Prelude to the Joan Denise Moriarty centenary celebrations)

2011 Playboy of the Western World (Revival)

2012 The Sleeping Beauty (For the centenary celebrations of Joan Denise Moriarty)


  1. ^ Foley, p 15
  2. ^ Mary Leland. "Giselle". Irish Times. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  3. ^ a b Jo Kerrigan. "Russian star dancers all set to lift our spirits". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Dance: What's On". Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  5. ^ Brian Hayes Curtin. "Swedish ballet star set for Cork". Cork Independent. Archived from the original on 16 October 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  6. ^ Katie Murray. "Cork Profile: Lavinia Anderson". Cork Independent. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2012.


Foley, Alan. Cork City Ballet: the story so far. KWP, 2008.