“Fusing sean-nós with contemporary dance Davitt lets loose, delivering a raw, rhythmic, primal yet playful performance that is searingly powerful and a sheer joy to behold.” – Chris O’Rourke, Irish Examiner on ‘Embodied’, April 2016.
Sibéal Davitt is a dance artist, performer and teacher from Dublin. Her style of dance is influenced by contemporary, classical and Irish traditional ‘sean-nós’ dance, having trained in all styles from an early age.
In 2009 she won ‘Glas Vegas’, a national talent competition televised on TG4, and subsequently performed in Las Vegas and at leading venues around the world. She toured Japan in 2013 as a lead dancer in ‘Women of Ireland’, an Irish music and dance show produced by Celtic Entertainment.
In 2014 Sibéal received her MA in Contemporary Dance Performance with first class honours at University of Limerick. Subsequently she was awarded Dance Ireland’s Mentored Residency Award under world renowned performer Colin Dunne and performed a work-in-progress alongside Kristyn Fontanella in December 2014.
As part of the 1916 commemorations, Sibéal choreographed and performed in RTÉ’s ‘Centenary’ which was televised live on Easter Monday from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. In April 2016, Sibéal performed ‘Fógraím / I Proclaim’ as part of ‘Embodied’, a series of 6 solos by Irish female choreographers commissioned by GPO: Witness History Public Art Commission and Dublin Dance Festival (videos below).
Sibéal was selected to take part in Step Up: Dance Project 2016. She performed in ‘Snapshot’ by UK choreographer, Lea Anderson, on August 2016 and in #somethingoldnew by David Bolger in February 2017 as part of the programme.
Sibéal co-choreographed new work ‘Walk, Run, Dance’ with Olwyn Lyons for CoisCéim DanceTheatre’s youth dance company, ‘Creative Steps’, of which she was a member for five years while studying for her undergraduate degree at Trinity College Dublin. In 2018 she continued her work with Creative Steps for a second year and co-choreographed ‘C O U N T E R | C U L T U R E’ with Olwyn Lyons.
She teaches regular ‘sean-nós’ dance classes in schools and studios around Dublin. She has taught workshops all over the world including Russia, Austria, UK, France and New York City as well as at many traditional Irish music festivals. Sibéal has performed at Electric Picnic for 8 years as well as many other music festivals.
Sibéal received An Chomhairle Ealaíon’s Traditional Arts Bursary in 2016 to develop her contemporary and traditional practice in 2017.
Sibéal is a company member of Kristyn Fontanella Dance and performed in the premiere of ‘IN LiMBO’ at Firkin Crane, Cork and Townhall Theatre, Galway in September 2018.
Sibéal is currently collaborating with Rob Heaslip Dance on a new work entitled ‘Dreoilín’ which being devised in 2019/20.
Surrender Navigation @ Body & Soul performance (June 2018 – 1 min)
Trip-nós (Electric Picnic 2014)