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Vivid Motion Dance celebrates life of Irish pirate queen, Grania

PORTLAND, ME — Long-time Portland staple Vivid Motion Dance brings dancers and choreographers together for their spring show, telling the tales of Grania: Pirate Queen. With a focus on entertainment and supporting the love of dance for all ages, all humans, and all levels, the all-volunteer community has become an outlet for dancers and budding choreographers, and a place where both experienced and new dancers are able to perform on the stage together.

Co-directed by Scott Potter and Ali Odlin, Vivid Motion Dance’s spring show Grania: Pirate Queen tells the tale of Grania “Grace” O’ Malley, a woman born from a seafaring western Irish clan who becomes the most feared chieftain and pirate captain of the Irish seas. Her spirit and passion for adventure are representative of the country that she eventually finds herself struggling to preserve. 

Family, friends, and foes alike ebb and flow with the tides that she sails—all while she and her people fall under the lengthening shadow of the English Empire. Grania eventually comes face to face with the formidable Queen Elizabeth, her greatest rival… and perhaps the only person who could understand her. 

This all ages show opens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17 at The Hill Arts on Munjoy Hill in Portland ME. Performances will run through Sunday, May 19th. Tickets are on sale now at

WHO: Vivid Motion Dance, Portland’s innovative and kinda quirky dance company

WHAT: Grania: Pirate Queen

WHEN:  Friday May 17, 2024 at 7:30pm; Saturday May 18, 2024 at 2:30pm; Saturday May 18, 2024 at 7:30pm; Sunday May 19, 2024 at 2:30pm

WHERE: The Hill Arts, 76 Congress Street, Portland

All tickets are $25 in advance / $30 at the door and are available at

There will also be a pay-what-you-can dress rehearsal on Thursday, May 10th at 7:30pm. For dress rehearsal reservations, please email

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