GALWAY DANCE DAYS FESTIVAL
March 28th – 30th 2014
Really looking forward to the Galway Dance Days Festival. Curated by Ríonach NíNéill / Ciotóg there are a number of world premieres taking place including Anti-Capitalism: The Musical a contemporary fairytale set in a near future political reality which I will be performing in. There are also panel discussions and presentations with outstanding choreographers and dance artists. I will be giving a presentation: Trans-Amazonia A Brazilian Odyssey. One Road, One Forest. One Man. Lots of Encounters based on the recent journey of my friend Tiago Gambogi.
Last month, I was a participant on The Performance Corporation SPACE Programme. I joined eight other artists from different disciplines for two weeks of collaborations and experimentation. Set within the house and grounds of Castletown House, it was an opportunity for me to escape, play, pause and focus. I’m indebted to Jo Mangan, artistic director of The Performance Corporation and to Hanne Slattne from Tinderbox for designing a programme that challenged us. And my thanks to the other artists who were so generous with their time, their talent and creativity. I feel like I’m still digesting my experience from my time in Castletown House but already there have been some positive influences seeping into my work.
This project needs a little help to get off the ground.
ANTI-CAPITALISM The Musical
AC:TM is large scale theatrical narrative using circus and music. It a fairytale, set in a near future political reality similar to our own. It uses aerial acrobatics, plot twists, assassinations, and intrigue to tell the tale of a heroic group of everyday acrobats, aided by the Greek-chorus style narrations of a powerful triumvirate of fairy godmothers. I’m so excited to be part of this project, and your support is much appreciated. The creator Deirdre Murphy explains all in the link below.
AC-TM on Facebook
I’m so happy that the dance film “The Area” will see it’s world premiere at the Lincoln Centre, NYC tomorrow, Sunday 2nd February as part of the Dance on Camera Festival, Dance & Community shorts Programme. I dance in this film and my two boys also made an appearance. The film, created by Ríoanch Ní Néill and directed by Joe Lee features members of The Macushla Dance Club for over 50s, and captures “their intimate relationship with their ever-changing Dublin neighborhood”.
There is more information available here:
Watch the trailer below…
Example of work in progress devised with fellow dance artist Cathy Coughlan in December 2013 as part of her residency in DanceHouse.
This Beating Heart is a dance project celebrating community and dancing together for residents in the Ballybrack area of South County Dublin. Running from September to December, three groups were selected to take part. Dance artists Michelle Cahill and Ailish CLaffey designed a series of weekly workshops that would lead to a celebratory dance at the end, inviting all three groups to meet and dance with each other. I’m delighted to be working on this project with Ailish on this and dance artist Carla Fazio. By now we are over half way through delivering weekly workshops to three different groups of people. It’s been fantastic so far meeting everyone and dancing with them. For this year’s Social Inclusion week we invited musician Brian Lynch to play for our workshops. Photographer Lucy Nuzman captured some wonderful images.
The project will end in December with all three groups coming together for a celebratory dance session. This project is supported kindly by Dún Loaghaire Rathdown CoCo.
Photo: Lucy Nuzum
This Beating Heart | Photo: Lucy Nuzum
This Beating Heart | Photo Lucy Nuzum
This Beating Heart | Photo Lucy Nuzum
On Sunday November 17th at DanceHouse, the second Day of Dance for Lily Mae takes place. With over 30 classes on offer from renowned dance teachers and artists there is a class to suit all tastes.
I’m delighted to be teaching at this event again. The class I’m offering Family Fun Dance is for young children under 5 years of age and their parents / minders. This class encourages creativity through movement, play and games.
A film by Ríonach NíNeill and Joe Lee made in collaboration with Ciotóg and Macushla Dance Club. Catch me dancing in this film, along with my two sons! This film will premiere on Thursday 30th May at the Odeon Cinema, Point Village. More info here: http://on.fb.me/ZhTOpX
For a sneak preview check out the trailer
The short documentary film Stepping In /Stepping Out with Dance was officially launched last night by representatives from Tullamore Town Council and Sinead O’Reilly from Offaly Arts Office. Enjoy!
Stepping In/Stepping Out short documentary film will officially be launched on Thursday 23rd May at the Puttaghaun Community Centre by councillor Lar Byrne of Tullamore Town Council. This project was funded under the per cent for arts scheme.