Every Breaking Wave: When The Dancing Ends, The Bombing Begins

“Every Breaking Wave – A Film by Aoife McArdle”

With the music of U2 woven throughout, Every Breaking Wave is a beautifully tragic movie about hard times in Ireland.

Much of it is filled with dancing and physicality but when it comes time to paint the violence of the scene, the dancing disappears.

There are no choreography credits so, given the thoroughness of the credits, I assume the movement and dance were developed by the director, Aoife McArdle, and the performers.

Whatever the case, this is an excellent short film that is a reminder of how much about relationships can be expressed through dance in daily life.

Clyde F. Smith

DanceLand founder Clyde F. Smith has a PhD in Cultural Studies from OSU and performs improvisational dance in Working Sessions.