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Photo by Maurice Gunning

I spent the month of August in Limerick working with UK choreographer, Lea Anderson, on a new piece entitled ‘Snapshot’. We performed in Dance Limerick; The Cube in NUIG Galway; Firkin Crane, Cork and Dance House Dublin.

The work was devised in Dance Limerick as part of Step Up: Dance Project 2016.

I’m currently dancing in Kristyn Fontanella‘s new work entitled IN LiMBO. This new piece explores traditional Irish dance in a contemporary context and asks “What is Irish dance… and the space between?”.

Come see us in Dance Limerick on Thursday 15 Sept 2016 at 8pm: http://www.dancelimerick.ie/event/limbo-kristyn-fontanella.

 

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Last night we showed 3 previews of Embodied at the GPO. All performance starting today are SOLD OUT! Crazy! Thanks to everyone for the support. Here I am having a little rave to myself in Fógraím / I Proclaim.

Fógraím Preview

I’m delighted to say that these past few months have been very busy with lots of exciting performances coming up before Christmas.

Myself and Kristyn Fontanella have been awarded Dance Ireland’s Mentored Residency in Traditional Dance under world-renowned dance artist and performer Colin Dunne.

Kristyn and I met on the MA Contemporary Dance program at UL this year and having had Colin as a tutor at different times throughout the year, we felt we would benefit from his experience in performance-making.

The aim of this residency is to explore the connections between the established styles in traditional dance (step dance and sean-nós dance) as well as finding a new language of material to traditional music. We are looking at sean-nós and step dancing from different perspectives and finding ways in which we can create new choreography which is unique to us as traditional/contemporary dancers. We are working closely with traditional music and using different choreographic methods such as text and improvisation. We aim to show our finding at the end of our residency at DancHouse on Friday 5 December. Stay tuned for details but in the meantime here’s a short clip of the exploration so far:

I received a second residency from Dance Ireland to develop new contemporary choreographic work with Olwyn Lyons. We have made a short work in progress which incorporates live dance and digital projection. Our initial stimulus for the project was ‘restriction’ and we have moved through several creative stages using props and choreographic tools such as Laban’s intrinsic strands. We performed the piece for the first time at Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement in Derry as part of an open call for short works. We were delighted with the response and we are continuing to create and develop with a short dance residency at The Axis Theatre in Ballymun during the month of November.

We will perform the piece next at Dance Theatre of Ireland’s ‘Creating Space‘ on Sunday 7 December at 3.30. Here are a few images from our stay in Derry:

I have been collaborating with filmmaker, Gavin FitzGerald and Ciarán Gray, director of Company B on a dance film project since this time last year on a dance film project.

Company B is a youth contemporary dance company for boys, a group who take class and rehearse weekly at Dance House on Foley Street, Dublin 3. Last year we were awarded the 2013 Youth Ensembles Scheme grant by the Arts Council to make a dance film. We put together a short video as part of the application outlining our idea, which can be viewed below:

 

The film is now finished and is currently making the rounds at dance and film festivals in Ireland and abroad. Have a look at the trailer below and don’t forget to ‘like’ School Rush on Facebook.

 

For more information on screening School Rush as part of a dance or film festival, contact me at sibeal.davitt@gmail.com.

Here’s a video and a few photos of recent performances which were part of my Masters at University of Limerick. Enjoy!

Photos: © Maurice Gunning

Here’s 5 mins of Aoife Moore gorgeousness. ‘The Docks’ is a short dance film I shot a few months back with a helping hand from Gavin FitzGerald. A kick start to 2014, getting the creative juices flowing for Ten Thirty Three. Go on av a gawwwkk!

Hurrrayyy!!! Myself and Gavin FitzGerald have launched our first open call for directors to take part in our new dance film project, Ten Thirty Three. Check out all the details and submit ideas here.

We can’t wait to get started! In the meantime, have a look at some of our previous collaborations.

I’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to Japan as part of a dance tour called ‘Women of Ireland’. I was delighted to be asked to represent Ireland abroad as a modern and sean-nós dancer and also to visit one of the countries I’m most interested in.

Over the course of the tour, which stretched from Fukuoka to Sapporo, I tasted some pretty amazing food, met the loveliest of people and saw some unforgettable towns and cities.

I find there’s no better way of describing a trip than through images so hopefully my Instagram diary will express my love for the country better than words. Arigatou gozaimasu!

Dea-scéal! Bhí an bua ag ‘Imeall’ i rannóg ‘Sraith Teilifíse na Bliana’ ag Gradaim Chumarsáide an Oireachtais Dé hAoine seo caite. Déanaim roinnt tuairisceoireachta ar chúrsaí damhsa sa tsraith ó am go ham agus bainim an-sult as. Foireann den scoth! Seo roinnt pictiúr ón ócáid.

Good news! TG4’s ‘Imeall’ won ‘Best Television Series’ at Oireachtas na Gaeilge’s Media Awards last Friday. I do some dance reporting on the show from time to time and thoroughly enjoy working with such a brilliant team! Here are some photos from the event.