OCT 2021 10 SUN 12 pm
  • OCT 2021 15 FRI 12 am
  • OCT 2021 16 SAT 12 am
  • OCT 2021 17 SUN 12 am
Dance | Ireland
CoisCéim Dance Theatre
UNCLE RAY by David Bolger
Live Stream Online
  • General Admission: $5
  • UCSD Student: Free via SSO
  • UCSD Faculty & Staff: Free via SSO
  • superPOWERED: $25


World Premiere Live Stream

Critically acclaimed CoisCéim Dance Theatre return live to the stage with the premiere of companion work UNCLE RAY, the dance highlight of Dublin Theatre Festival & Belfast International Arts Festival this year.

CoisCéim’s Artistic Director David Bolger turns his focus to fathers and uncles, teaming up on stage with street dancer, Donking Rongavilla, in a new work of irresistible charm.  This is a poignant story about the elasticity of truths and how family lore shapes us.

UNCLE RAY takes audiences back to 1970s Dublin where as a young boy, David grew up with stories about his magnificent Uncle Ray—whose career took him from vaudeville, to Broadway and then the glitz of Hollywood, eventually playing one of the most famous characters of all time: the Scarecrow. The wonders of reality, imagination and family lore collide in this touching new dance duet by David Bolger.

Who is Uncle Ray? 

“Memories, like old photographs, come flooding back in black and white… So, when Uncle Ray came to visit once a year, I had no idea he had turned into glorious Technicolor. Standing at the edge of the yellow brick road. Crows would come from miles around just to eat from his field. Maybe not the best scarecrow. But an incredible dancer and my uncle—Uncle Ray Bolger.”

Known for his iconic dance style and huge range inflected with tap, ballet, Irish and African-American dance traditions, Ray Bolger was dazzling – variously dubbed “the jazz Nijinsky” and a“rubber-legged acrobat”.  In UNCLE RAY, Donking Rongavilla slips into his shoes, with a mix of contemporary, street and breakdancing. Originally from the Philippines, Donking also grew up with family ties to the movie business, his father Rommel Valdez was a prolific actor in Filipino films



Free On Demand Access on October 15–17, 2021. Please email artpower@ucsd.edu for link.

UC San Diego Student Special Invite: Panel Discussion on Monday, Oct 11 at noon (PT)

Don't miss the one-hour panel discussion about Uncle Ray. RSVP required, email caoimhe@coisceim.com with your UCSD email address to register.

Jacqueline Davis(former Executive Director of the Lied Center of Kansas and the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts); Olga Garay-English (former Executive Director of City of Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs)

Alicia Adams (Vice President, International Programming and Dance, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC); David Bolger (Artistic Director, CoisCéim Dance Theatre and Director/Choreographer/Performer, UNCLE RAY); Aidan Connolly (Executive Director, Irish Arts Center, New York); Donking Rongavilla (Performer, UNCLE RAY); Willie White (Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Dublin Theatre Festival)